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Chicago Bars With The Best Arcade Games

Why settle for an average bar when you could play some video games along with your drinks? Have some retro, interactive fun while enjoying an evening of drinks. Take a trip back in time while playing some of your favorite video game classics, or play newer games with your friends or people around the world on more modern gaming systems. You'll be among other video game fans that are also there to see some of their favorite games. Get your thumbs and your quarters ready for these bar-cades.


Emporium Arcade Bar
1366 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-7922

Ever wanted to play your favorite arcade hits from your teen years? Your favorite classic video games are all under one roof at Emporium Chicago. Play Dig Dug, Rampage, Burger Time and other arcade classics against people who are also glad to see their old favorites again. To top it off, Emporium has a full bar with craft beers, whiskeys and vodkas. Emporium Arcade's array of arcade titles gives video game enthusiasts a new destination. Make plans to meet your friends and play some of your favorite games from the 1980s.

Headquarters Beercade

Headquarters Beercade
950 W. Wolfram St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-5660

Part of the fun of growing up in the early 90s was newer technology that made graphics in video games more realistic. Revisit some of your favorite video games growing up, and have a great time doing it. Play X-Men, NFL Blitz and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with your friends and other arcade fans. Have a signature cocktail like the Arcade Lemonade or the Sip N Slider (garnished with a White Castle slider). Headquarters Beercade has great games and great drinks, so get ready to make a night of a visit here. Some of your favorite games from the 1990s are at Headquarters Beercade.

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Kristof's Entertainment Center
421 W. Rollins Road
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
(847) 546-2512

Looking for an entertainment place for your whole family? Take them to Kristof's Entertainment Center in Round Lake Beach. Not only do you get to play some of your favorites arcade games with the kids, you can also take a trip to the full bar. The bar is a destination in itself, with pool tables and live music. You will be able to enjoy your favorite arcade games from your younger days, while your family becomes new fans of some of the games possibly made before they were born. Kristof's also has miniature golf, bowling and go-karting so your entire family will always have many reasons to return.

Game Pazzo

Game Pazzo
2011 63rd St.
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 541-8719

Step into a place where people are enjoying modern gaming. Instead of old fashioned machines, there are gaming consoles like X-Box, Kinect and Playstation where you can play Marvel Vs Capcom, Madden, NBA2K13 and other favorites. And don't forget to enjoy the full sports bar where you can have drinks with your friends and grab something to eat like pizza and burgers. Make your night out unique and play with and against your friends and family.

Related: Best Bars With Local Liquor And Brews In Chicago

Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at


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