Saying bye-bye to Bleekers

  • Written by Jeff Vorva


REPORTER-COLOR-3-col-Bleek Hilary, Tim and Meggan Sterk pose in front of the iconic Bleekers Bowl and Liquor sign at 3447 W. 95th St. during the facility’s last day on Saturday. REPORTER-3-col-BenChicago’s Ben Sherpetis, who once had a 200-plus bowling average, rolled the worst game of his life on Saturday because he said there wasn’t enough oil on the lanes during the final day at Bleekers in Evergreen Park. He said he still had fun knowing he was bowling on a historic day.The Evergreen Park institution, which had opened in the 1940s, will be the future home of a Binny’s Beverage Depot according to Tim Sterk, Bleeker’s owner.
  The facility held its Last Blast event Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday and more people were there at the bar and outdoor patio area than in the bowling alley. “It was more of a celebration.” Meggan said.
  “It’s a great community and people have been very, very good to us,” Tim added.
  “I’ve been here pretty much all my life,” Hilary said. “There are a lot of great memories here. It will be interesting to see where we go from here.”Reporter-3-col-outsidePatrons enjoyed the outdoor gathering area Saturday night at the Last Bash during Bleekers final day.