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Chicago Billiard Cafe Pro Shop
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Chicago Billiard Cafe Chicago - Store Info
The Chicago Billiard Cafe has a fully stocked billiard pro shop with pool cues, billiard accessories, and all the gear you might need to shoot pool.
Chicago Billiard Cafe Chicago - Pool Hall Info
For over 25 years, Chicago Billiard Cafe has served as Chicago's premier north side billiard hall.
The Chicago Billiard Cafe pool hall features 16 professional grade 9-foot pool tables and one antique 12-foot snooker table.
They also offer $2.00 pool cue rentals.
Come by for great food & the best pool table time rates in the city!
The "cafe" part of the Billiard Cafe is a snack counter and about half a dozen small tables on a platform in the back corner.
The Chicago Billiard room has been around for a long time. One of the older, long time patrons said of Frank, the owner:
He quickly points out that Frank, proprietor of the Chicago Billiard Cafe, runs a "good room"; he won't let anyone hustle kids, and he doesn't hesitate to throw someone out.
The pool hall also has a storied history. This is an excerpt from a May 1988 Chicago Reader article titled "The Boys at the Billiard Cafe". It features stories from pool players of the day. The following excerpt is about the drama between pool room owners and players, and the Chicago Billiard Cafe's part in it all:
Most of the people who come into the Billiard Cafe play pool. There were once six billiard tables, but not enough people played on them to justify keeping all of them, so Frank replaced three of them with pool tables.
At one time, Ernie says, almost everyone who now plays billiards at Frank's went to Chris's Billiards on North Milwaukee, which has six tables and many more players. A few years ago, he says, Merhl's son Billy, who's probably one of the five best players in the country, got in a fight with Chris, and Chris threw him out of the place.
Billy's parting shot was that he'd start a new room and put Chris out of business. Billy knew Frank, who had wanted to set up a pool hall for a long time, and when Frank opened the Billiard Cafe a number of players moved over out of loyalty to Billy and then stayed. "You get in the habit," says Ernie, who taught Billy for five years. And anyway, he adds, the crowd at Frank's is cleaner, more intellectual. He says there are probably 40 billiard players who come into the Billiard Cafe regularly, and another 60 or so who come in once in a while.
Billy is no longer among them. He has been barred by Frank.