Report by Dan Marquardt
When I have free time in a new area I still check out the area's arcades, bars, bowling alleys and theaters in search of some playable pins. A payoff for the effort is rare, but in Hammond I found a site worth visiting.
After discovering the clean pins at Olympia Lanes three or four years ago while on my lunch break, I always make sure I stop back in when I am in the area.
I have been back many times to play the pins that rotate in. There was even a Bally Champ EM pin there recently. I assumed the operator was a pin fan since the games are always so clean and working properly.
I was right; the operator, Kevin Seliger, is a pin fan and operates many pins on location in northwest Indiana. He also runs the local league, Northwest Indiana Pinball League.
If you are in the area and looking to play some clean pins, it's worth the drive to visit. Alcohol drinking is permitted in the arcade.
Olympia Lanes is a few miles north of I80 on Calumet Ave. (just east of the Illinois/Indiana border).
Kevin Seliger also has another location with pins at Tyler's Tender restaurant. He operates the arcade that is attached to the restaurant.
The restaurant is train themed, featuring a large operating train layout, a train that runs along the counter that brings your food order out to you and a train that kids can ride on.
Attached to the restaurant is an arcade with three pins. The pins all looked and played like new.
Kevin told me he holds a pinball tournament there every Thursday night. If you like trains or pins (or both) it is worth the effort to go to Tyler's Tender restaurant and arcade.
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