history of 210

Location & Establishment

North Shore staple since 1949

Located at 210 Green Bay Road, in Highwood, Illinois, this historic property has seen many changes over the years, starting in 1949 with the original build as Mary Jane Lanes (Lake County’s first bowling alley), later renamed Highwood Lanes, and owned by the same family for the following 56 years. In 2005 Highwood Lanes became The Alley for the next decade, until 2015 when it reinvented into 210 Restaurant, the supper-club-turned-night-club. In 2017 the venue realized that while the restaurant was elemental to its business, its true mission was live music. It took on a new logo and website and became 210 Live. 210 Restaurant still exists as the dining and banquet arm of 210.


Interestingly, during the 70’s, a night club promoter took over the space, covered the lanes as they are today, and dubbed the club, Minstrel’s Alley. Chicago-area and national touring musicians like The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Styx, and Jump in the Saddle Band used to regularly play at Minstrel’s Alley, and the epic stories of great shows & greater times are still told at 210 today.

What 210 Live is all about now

210 Live boasts a professional sound system and offers the best live entertainment on the North Shore five nights a week. The high ceilings of alleys past create a perfect venue for live music and private parties, with clear site-lines & great acoustics. Chef Peter McCarthy specializes in savory pit-roasted dry-rub ribs and chicken from 210’s very own barbecue pit. He brings his seafood expertise from Pier 5736, featured on "Check, Please" awarded two years in Chicago Magazine's Top 50 Restaurants. At 210 Live Chef Peter has already won awards for his chicken wings and smoked garlic-studded brisket. 210's bar features 6 taps and one of the largest selections of bottled beer in the area.

Private Events at 210

210 Restaurant at 210 Live specializes in all types of private events, including corporate, team-building and networking events; weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, holiday parties, bachelor & bachelorette parties, and class reunions. Events range in size from 10 to 350 people, and our experienced staff will handle every detail so you can relax and enjoy your party.

Submit your private event request on our Private Events page.