Editor’s note:Every year, just before Pinball Expo, our correspondent Dan Marquardt brings us his selection of the best places in the Chicago area to play the silver ball. This year is no different, so anyone visiting the Windy City for the world’s biggest pinball show who finds themselves in need of even more of a pinball fix might like to check out his recommendations below. Dan has made a change this year, ordering them so you can go from one location to the next closest, making it easier to find locations which are close to each other.
It was twenty years ago Williams stopped making pinball machines. At that time I thought the days of playing pins on location were over for ever. It was bleak for finding a working pin on location for many years but now, due mostly to the popularity of barcades, pinball machines on location are plentiful in the Chicago area.
Thanks to Pinball Map for allowing me to use their awesome website to update some of the locations on my list.
1. Logan Arcade – ChicagoSee previous reportUpdate: All the latest Stern pins and now the two pins from American Pinball (Houdini and Oktoberfest) are there too.
Logan Arcade’s back room
2. Emporium Arcade Bar (Logan Square) – ChicagoEighteen pins here with Octoberfest being the most recent addition.
A previous line-up at Emporium
3. Lemming’s Tavern – ChicagoSee previous reportUpdate: Jurassic Park (Pro) and Creature from the Black Lagoon are the current pins.
A previous line-up at Lemming’s Tavern
4. Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park) – ChicagoSee previous reportUpdate: Deadpool is the latest pin to be rotated into their line-up.
A previous line-up at Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park)
5. Lucky Strike Social – Chicago Six recent Stern titles are available to play there.
6. Replay (Lakeview) – Chicago See previous reportUpdate: Attack From Mars (Bally) and The Rolling Stones (Stern) are the current pins.
A previous line-up at Replay Beer & Bourbon
7. Uptown Arcade – ChicagoThey now have ten pins including a Star Wars Pro.
8. Headquarters Beercade (River North) – ChicagoOver 30 pins with The Munsters (Pro) and Black Knight: Sword of Rage