Luke Blahnik loves his job. He loves the neighborhood he calls home. As a guy who has spent over a decade in Logan Square, he has a profound respect and admiration for the North West side of Chicago. Outside of his burgeoning career as a real estate broker, he focuses his time and energy on residential rehabs - preserving the integrity of Chicago’s historic buildings for generations to come. He is a down to earth, everyday dude who just wants to create high quality rental properties.
When he first spotted a “for rent” sign in the window of a shuttered Milwaukee Avenue grocery store nearly 5 years ago, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. He called the owner to schedule a walk-through, only to discover that the 2nd floor storage space was in fact a long-forgotten 8 lane bowling alley tracing back to the early 1950’s. The owner was skeptical when Luke told him his plans to re-open the space, but signed the lease anyways - and finally decided to sell him the entire building in late 2018. While nothing like his previous work, from the moment he walked in he knew he needed to protect and preserve the space. And from the warm welcome and general excitement he has received from the neighborhood inhabitants, he knows he made the right decision. The Avondale Bowl will be a place for the hardworking residents of Avondale and beyond, to kick back, relax and have fun.
It took a few years to assemble the right team to run the Avondale Bowl. However Luke is confident in his decision to bring in Jeff Wilson and Tony Correale as his managing partners.
Jeff Wilson has been in the hospitality industry since the age of 15. He most notably has served as General Manager of Longman and Eagle, and most recently served as the GM & Front of House Managing Partner at The Heritage in Forest Park. Jeff is active in the day-to-day operations of the bowling alley, along with the general management of the business itself.
Tony Correale is the former Bar Manager at Longman & Eagle, a Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant & Whiskey Bar in Logan Square. Tony is also be active in the day-to-day operations of the bowling alley, along with the creation and execution of the bar program.
Luke has partnered with two Chicago favorites for the design and build out of the space. The goal was to maintain the building’s original details, while still elevating the style and breathing new life into its functionality as a bar & bowling alley. Studio 6F and RANGE Architecture have done just that.
Studio 6F is a high end residential and boutique commercial interior design studio and gallery in Logan Square - owned and operated by principal designer Gil Melott along with his assistant Claire Marie Patterson. They function as a blank canvas for artistic solutions, giving people aesthetic experiences that they can live with every day. Studio 6F is known for their skill in combining new and bespoke elements with curated vintage to create cohesive design.
RANGE is a Chicago-based Architecture and Design firm focusing on the intersection of Art, Architecture, Design, and Landscape. Their work spans both residential and retail spaces, and is featured most notably in Logan Square’s Hopewell Brewery as well as The Promontory in Hyde Park.