Who said bowling had rolled a gutter ball in the big city? Perhaps it’s been a few decades since you wore a pair of those fashionable fungus-breeding petri dishes they call bowling shoes, but the sport is thriving in Chicago. There are approximately a dozen bowling alleys within the city limits, and several are like time capsules from a long-forgotten era. One bowling alley–Southport Lanes–boasts real live breathing pin-setters. I recently went to the Fireside Lanes on west Fullerton, and it brought back memories from my youth at the Old Orchard Lanes in Skokie. Sure, the price is no longer 35 cents per game, it’s closer to $25 per hour, but the nostalgia is priceless and The Dude would approve. And let’s not dwell on the fact that I would prefer to interchange my bowling and golf scores, nevertheless, it was reassuring to discover that some aspects of life are slow to change.