Location: 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Logan Hardware at 2532 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago opened a nostalgic store that is a must-visit destination for anyone who is a fan of vinyl records, classic video games, and pinball machines.
Owners Jim Zespy (game guy) and John Ciba (record guy) combines forces to combine vintage records and games into one location. Their clever idea is that admission to the free arcade museum in the back room is granted to the customer after they purchase an item in the record store.
Besides vinyl records, Logan Hardware also sells CDs, DVDs, and cartoon and video game memorabilia, so finding something to buy to get admission to the arcade is easy.
The back room that houses the video games and pins is freshly finished with retro-painted walls and wood floors.
The room is kept fairly dark, like how I remember most of the arcades I used to go to.
Ten '70s and '80s pins are lined up on a raised platform at the back of the room. The pins are heavy with '80s Williams titles, which I love playing.
It was a real treat to play these rare games. The pins were clean and worked well. I can't wait to back and put some more quality time in playing their pins.
Note that they recently grew out of their location at 2410 W. Fullerton and moved a bit west to a much larger location at 2532 W. Fullerton. I mention this because their website has not been updated with the new address yet.
A few blocks west of Logan Hardware is a rare pin on location, at Fireside Bowling, 2648 W. Fullerton Ave.
A 1989 Night Moves cocktail pin from International Concepts is available to play there.
I haven't seen a cocktail pin on location in over thirty years,so this was a nice surprise. The pin looked decent and everything still worked on it.
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