Location: 215 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432, USA
Report date: October 2015

Report by Dan Marquardt

A little over a year ago,the Chicago Street Pinball Arcade opened in historic downtown Joliet, Illinois. The arcade is located about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, and a few blocks east of the Harrah's Casino.

Chicago Street Pinball Arcade in Joilet, IL
Chicago Street Pinball Arcade in Joliet, IL

The owner, Mark Czarnowski, is a pin collector who wanted to get his collection out for the public to enjoy.

Obey the sign
Obey the sign

The arcade features well kept pinball machines from the 1960s to the 2010s. He also has some vintage video games in the arcade and posts updates on his location on his Facebook page.

The games in the arcade
The games in the arcade

I am sorry I took so long to visit the arcade. There are many more pins to play there than I thought. The arcade seems like a Williams pinball machine museum; 26 of the 37 pins available to play were made by Williams.

A few of the many Williams pinballs
A few of the many Williams pinballs

I always thought Williams pins were the best ones ever made, so it is extremely nice to be able to play so many of my all time favorites in one place.

Not just dot-matrix games
Not just dot-matrix games

Here's the full list of machines:

Alien Poker, Williams
Barracora, Williams
Big Ben, Williams
Black Knight 2000, Williams
Black Knight, Williams
Blackout, Williams
Breakshot, Capcom
Bride of Pinbot, Williams
Comet, Williams
Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bally
Cyclone, Williams
Dirty Harry, Williams
Doctor Who, Bally
Dr. Dude, Bally
Earthshaker!, Williams
Flash, Williams

Game Show, The Bally, Bally

Jackbot, Williams
Jokerz!, Williams
Jungle Lord, Williams
Lucky Strike, Williams
Metallica, Stern
No Good Gofers, Williams
Pharaoh, Williams
Phoenix, Williams
Pinbot, Williams
Pool Sharks, Bally
Road Show, Williams
Rollergames, Williams
Secret Service, Data East
Sorcerer, Williams
Taxi, Williams
Travel Time, Williams
Tri Zone, Williams
White Water, Williams
Who Dunnit?, Bally
X-Men, Stern

The arcade is open Thursday through Saturday 5pm to 11pm, and Sundays 1pm to 7pm. The admission price is only $10.00 ($6.00 for kids under 10) to play all the games for the evening.

From '60s & '70s EMs...
From '60s & '70s EMs... modern Stern games modern Stern games

No alcohol is allowed at the arcade for now, but the Juliet's Sports Bar right next door has a great selection of beers on tap, plus an Italian dining menu.

The beer selection at Juliets next door
The beer selection at Juliets next door

An arcade full of mostly Williams pinball machines is about as good as it gets for me. I can't wait to visit there again soon.

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