Will a sign of the Chalk N Cue remain over York Boulevard? [updated]

Chalk n Cue

HIGHLAND PARK — The renovation of old  storefronts across Highland Park have revealed pieces of the past that have long been covered up, including forgotten signs, banks of wood windows and ornate brickwork.  One recent discovery was made in the 5000 block of York Boulevard earlier this year when the new owners of Highland Park Billiards removed the red tile shingles from the facade and found “Chalk N Cue” painted in large red-and-white letters on the building.  So, what’s going to happen to that sign?

It’s not clear when the pool hall last operated under the name Chalk N Cue, which sits below a rooftop sign for Highland Park Billiards. The pool hall itself has been renamed The Hi Hat and transformed into a music venue.

When the Hi Hat posted photos of the newly revealed old sign last May on its Instagram, several people urged the owners to keep the Chalk N Cue name:

Clean it up and keep it”

It would be a crime not to keep this!”

Omg Chalk N Cue is the best name for a billiards hall”

The Eastsider has contacted The Hi Hat to find out the fate of the old sign. Meanwhile, anyone know when the Chalk N Cue was still in business?

Update: An employee with The Hi Hat says: “For now the sign in staying.”

A surprise under the tiles!!! Crazy! #chalk #cue #90042 #thehihat #tbt

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  1. Get rid of it. Nothing is authentic about a new place trying to keep the “charm” of the original business. Stop fronting like you’ve been here all along. Tired of seeing that shit all over HLP and EP.

    • Does your knee-jerk bitterness impede your ability to read?

      “The pool hall itself has been renamed The Hi Hat.”

      They’re not keeping the name, in fact it’s not even going to be a pool hall anymore.

      And for the record, a lot of people all over HLP an EP are tired your kind of shit attitude.

  2. I love it!!! Been in HP a million years! This old timer likes it and hope they keep it!

  3. I like the Hi Hat. They get some great bands and I can walk there! The food is pretty good too. And they even have all ages shows! I hate reverse snobbery. Keep the sign up!

  4. Love it! It’s fun to see these old signs come back to life.

  5. Keep it, and just go ahead and rename the place for it while you’re at it!

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