Date: October 2016
Location: Various, Chicago, IL, USA

There is a large selection of pinball machines on location in the Chicago area thanks to the continued popularity of barcades.

Here are the ones I have enjoyed visiting so far.

Some of the sites articles are by M.G.Brown.  Pinballmap.com has many more pin locations listed on their website.

1. Logan Arcade – Chicago
See report
Update: An Aerosmith LE, Attack From Mars Remake and a new Star Wars Premium are the newest additions.

Logan Arcade
Logan Arcade

 

2. Replay (Lincoln Park) – Chicago
See previous report

Formerly Headquarters Beercade (Lakeview). Fourteen pinball machines available to play.

Replay in Lincoln Park
Replay in Lincoln Park

 

3. Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park) – Chicago
See previous report
Update: A Stern Star Wars has been rotated into their line-up this year.

Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park)
Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park)

 

4. Lemming’s Tavern – Chicago
See previous report
Update: Game of Thrones Premium and Whitewater are the current pins.

Lemming's Tavern
Lemming’s Tavern

 

5. Brixie’s – Brookfield
See previous report
Update: An awesome wall of five super clean pins. Aerosmith, Game of Thrones Premium, The Hobbit, Ghostbusters Premium and Medieval Madness are the current pins.

Brixie's in Brookfield
Brixie’s in Brookfield

 

6. Galloping Ghost Arcade – Brookfield
See previous report
Update: Their pin collection has been reduced to a Creature From the Black Lagoon, Twilight Zone and a non-working Funhouse.

Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield
Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield

 

7. Game Works – Schaumburg
See previous report
Update: Three pins from Stern are there now.

The pinballs were busy
Gameworks in Schaumburg

 

8. Level 257 – Schaumburg
See previous report
Update: The new Dialed In! pin has been added. A dozen pins to play there now.

Level 257
Level 257

 

9. Chicago Street Pinball Arcade – Joliet
Website: jolietpinball.com

See previous report

Chicago Street Pinball Arcade
Chicago Street Pinball Arcade

 

10. Bottom Lounge – Chicago
Website: bottomlounge.com
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.

Bottom Lounge in Chicago
Bottom Lounge in Chicago

 

11. Blind Robin – Chicago
Update: Now closed

 

12. Headquarters Beercade (River North) – Chicago
Website: hqbeercade.com/rivernorth
Headquarters’ second location features over twenty top pins which are listed on their website. Ghostbusters Pro and Game of Thrones Premium have been rotated into their collection.

Headquarters Beercade (River North)
Headquarters Beercade (River North)

 

13. Emporium Arcade Bar (Logan Square) – Chicago
Website: emporiumchicago.com/logan-square
Second Emporium location with a few pins.

Emporium Logan Square
Emporium Logan Square

 

14. Brauer House – Lombard
Website: brauerhouse.com
Update: After the pins being unavailable for a while during remodeling, five pins are back again. They are: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Guns’N Roses, Kiss (Bally) and Metallica.

Brauer House games
Brauer House games

 

15. Five & Dime – Evanston
See previous report.

Five & Dime
Five & Dime

 

16. Uptown Arcade – Chicago
Website: facebook.com/The-Uptown-Arcade-Bar-698291033601954/
Update: Their pin count has increased to seven.

 

17. FTW – Chicago
Website: ftwchicago.com
Update: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Medieval Madness are the current pins.

FTW in Chicago
FTW in Chicago

 

18. Replay – Lakeview
See previous report

Website: replaylakeview.com

Games at Replay Beer & Bourbon
Replay Beer & Bourbon in Lake View

 

19. Replay – Andersonville
Website: replayandersonville.com
Update: Ghostbusters Premium, Kiss Premium and X-Men LE

 

20. Rock Island Public House – Blue Island
Website: rockislandpublichouse.com
Update: A wall of seven well-maintained pins.

Rock Island Public House in Blue Island
Rock Island Public House in Blue Island

 

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One Comment

  1. Gavin

    October 11, 2017 at 5:38 am

    The pins that were at The Blind Robin have been relocated to a new location: Township, 2200 n California, Chicago IL

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