When I grew up on the South Side ladies went out for a night on the town, many found Bingo to be there entertainment. Church after Church had seasonal games. There were a few regular weekly places. The Serbian Club on Sarah Street had a night, can’t remember which day of the week. The Luthianian Hall on Jane Street had one.
I went to some of these with my mom or aunt. Specials were held every 5 games. You paid extra for each markable card. The regular admission was for the 25 or 30 regular games, then they had a special every so often. Food was available most times. Hot dogs, chips, candy bars, and fountain drinks.
It was a big thrill for me to win once in a while. I remember winning $40. on a special. My mom really needed the money. I kept $5. and gave her the rest . This was one of those nights I went with my aunt. My mom was happy we had the extra money. I remember praying to win. It was so neat coming home to think I could help out. I was 12 years old at the time.