The IBC 2015 Baseball, Billiards & Sports Cartooning Exhibit Presented by America’s Oldest Billiard Club
Now celebrating the 146th anniversary of Chicago’s first professional baseball team, the Chicago White Stockings – today’s Chicago Cubs, and 152nd year of professional billiards in America the Illinois Billiard Club’s (IBC) exhibit is designed for sports fans with an interest in baseball, billiards and sports cartooning and just how, when and by whom they became professional sports in America. The exhibit features rare documents and original studio portraits of historical sports icons that have been preserved in the IBC’s archives and have seldom seen the light of day for over 100 years!
The exhibit is open to the public by reservation and will be available on Wednesday and Friday evenings thru the entire month of July 2015 and hosted at America’s Oldest Billiard Club when presented within the private Illinois Billiard Club’s living museum. The majority of the priceless images and documents will be displayed under a heavy polished glass enclosure designed to cover the upper portion of a billiard table most appropriately once owned by former Chicago Cubs pitcher, Milt Pappas.
The IBC is a private key club now nearing 50 years, therefore visitors and those seeking memberships are asked to enter though the IBC’s adjoining business, Bonnie’s Dining & Banquets – a special events, banquet and private party facility available to the public. The exhibit begins on Wednesday, July 1st and continues every Friday and Wednesday evening throughout July between the hours of 6 pm to 9 pm. Thus offering guests a chance to relax and map out their own upcoming party or next special event while enjoying a dinner buffet within Bonnie’s adjoining 100 seat dining room.
Admissions: Exhibit … $10 pp / Exhibit and Dinner Buffet … $25 pp
Dinner Buffet only … $15 pp / Children 8 or younger … Less 50%
To encourage groups of family and friends, group rates are available upon request. To learn more see lower story; “Father Times Favorite Son of both Baseball and Billiards.”
Jim and Bonnie Parker