SITES 2015

Location: Various, Chicago, IL, USA
Report date: October 2015

Report by Dan Marquardt

The once dismal pinball on location scene in the Chicago area is a distant memory. There is now an immense variety of quality pins available to play in Chicagoland.

Chicago Street Pinball Arcade in Joilet, IL

Visiting some of the sites I was able to enjoy playing old favorites, such as Taxi, Big Guns and Banzai Run, and the latest pins Whoa Nelly! Big Juicy Melons and Kiss. The Pinball Rebel website has additional locations with pins in the Chicago area.

1. Logan Arcade - Chicago
See report
Logan Arcade

2. Headquarters Beercade (Lakeview) - Chicago
See previous report
Headquarters Beercade (Lakeview)

3. Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park) - Chicago
See previous report
Update: Williams' Big Guns and Diner were rotated into their line-up this year.
Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park)

4. Lemming's Tavern - Chicago
See previous report
Update: Kiss Premium on tournament play and an Attack from Mars are now featured here.
Lemming's Tavern

5. Brixie's - Brookfield
See previous report
Update: They now have a row of pins with Medieval Madness (with a Color DMD), the awesome and rare Banzai Run, Batman: The Dark Knight, and The Walking Dead.

6. Galloping Ghost Arcade - Brookfield
See previous report
Galloping Ghost Arcade

7. Game Works - Schaumburg
See previous report
Update: They now have a five pins with Mustang the redemption machine, alongside Iron Man, The Sopranos, 24 and Family Guy.
Game Works

8. Level 257 - Schaumburg
See previous report
Game Works

9. Chicago Street Pinball Arcade - Joliet
See previous report
Game Works

Here is the list of pin locations that I have not yet reported on. I have listed their websites and some additional information about them.

10. Bottom Lounge - Chicago
Pinball list courtesy of Gavin Miller: Bobby Orr Power Play x 2, Seawitch, The Addams Family, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Funhouse, Gilligan's Island, The Champion Pub, Metallica and Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball.


Blind Robin - Chicago
Funhouse, Metallica and Scared Stiff (with a Color DMD) are the current pins.

Blind Robin's pinballs

12. Headquarters Beercade (River North) - Chicago
Headquarters' second location features over twenty top pins which are listed on their website.
Headquarters Beercade (River North)

13. Emporium Arcade Bar (Logan Square) - Chicago
Second Emporium location with a few pins.
Emporium Logan Square

14. Brauer House-Lombard
Pin collector, Gavin Miller, loaded up the Brauer House with six of his pins: Bally Kiss, Metallica, The Walking Dead, Monster Bash (with a ColorDMD), Stern Rolling Stones and Dracula.
Brauer House games

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