Question about Chicago, Illinois

LWW

MEMGO5
Silver Member
I'm not from there nor have I ever visited, but from all accounts Chicago has a very good history when it comes to pool. I recently saw a video on the hall that the color of money was shot in and it's one of those old timeless places that seems like it will never go away.

Anyway, my question is, why are there no major pro pool tournaments being held in Chicago? Since I've been on this site I've never seen or heard of anyone doing anything in that city. Is it not possible?
What was, was.

What is, is.

Chicago is amongst the very most likely places to get killed/stabbed/robbed/shot in the USA.
 

DynoDan

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
FYI: Out-of-state residents with carry permits are not allowed to leave their cars while armed in Chicago. Likely very reassuring to the carjackers & muggers there.
 

Patrick Johnson

Fish of the Day
Silver Member
What was, was.

What is, is.

Chicago is amongst the very most likely places to get killed/stabbed/robbed/shot in the USA.
Yeah, right behind St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, Memphis, Little Rock, Milwaukee, Rockford, Cleveland, Stockton, Albuquerque, Springfield, Indianapolis, Oakland, San Bernardino, Anchorage, Nashville, Lansing, New Orleans, Minneapolis...


Maybe stay in NPR where factuality isn't as common and you seem more or less normal.

pj
chgo
 
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erle flad

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I lived there from 1985-90, and it was a great time for pool in Chicago - Marie's Golden Cue, Chris's Billiards, The Chicago Billiard Cafe, many others I cannot remember the names of; there was that one odd place - you climb the stairs and at the top on the left was like a 7 lane bowling alley, and on the right a small pool hall - they shot one of the Color of Money scenes there, maybe the scene with Forest Whittaker ... My pal and I had our regular billiard night, took lessons at Chris's, entered 8 and 9 ball tourneys ... the Matayas were around then, also saw Efron Reyes play a few times. My buddy and I both bought SW cues from John Wright there ... And I was an extra in the Color of Money, as were pretty much all of the better players in Chicago at that time! The big tournament scene, supposed to be a casino in Las Vegas?, but was shot at Navy Pier. Fun times - what is the scene like now?
 

book collector

AzB Silver Member
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I do see your point now and understand what your saying. So I agree and appreciate your viewpoint. From my perspective, I lived in the streets as a young man for several years. I was a throw away child at 17. That experience taught me survival skills that have stayed with me since. I have little or no concern of being shot or murdered.

Add to that most of the murders and shootings in Chicago and areas nearby are gang on gang killings or shootings. There are random innocent victims too. But it is not prevalent everywhere it is mostly in pockets/neighborhoods where gangs are predominant. Avoiding those areas is how to avoid possibly being a victim. I never felt fear in the areas I played pool at when I lived there. Situational awareness and listening to my subconscious has kept me alive and injury free through riots and living in the streets...

Be well and thank you for your reply!
I understand your point of view also. You can fit in, and be welcome in places most people don't want to drive past. I could also.
But, that is a luxury not shared by most people. I can remember sitting in dark bars, or an old pool room, and have the door open and within 10 seconds, with my back turned to them , I knew if they belonged there or not. If they didn't belong , I turned around to find out why.
I still remember the last time I walked into a dive bar {about 1983} everybody in the place turned around to check me out, and I knew I no longer belonged, and was going to be tested in short order. I said , "sorry , wrong place" and got in my car and left.
I could probably still go in most places , especially if there was an old school guy or two in there I could relate to . but I am not going to test that theory, just for giggles.
 
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