While a handful of other arcade bars have opened throughout the city since (including FTW Chicago, Uptown Arcade), the aforementioned five spots are a great starting place for a new pinball enthusiast. Both Emporiums, as well as the Fulton Market location that opened in 2017, feature large open spaces, great for group gatherings or parties, and more than a dozen machines. The Logan Square offshoot has 80-plus craft beers, a sometimes-open indoor food truck (past tenants have included Mexican sandwich shop Cemitas Puebla and Filipino fusion concept Hapa Chicago), as well as six pool tables, bubble hockey, air hockey, and vintage bowling games. The full stage at the Wicker Park location hosts concerts, cosplay events, movies, and more, and their bar offers 24 beers on tap and more than 40 different types of bourbon. At Fulton Market, you get a summer patio (with corn hole set-up), plus it's the only location with a craft cocktail program.
All games are on free play at Replay and Headquarters, so both are a great place to get in practice. Replay counts 14 pinball machines, a craft cocktail menu with inventive options like the Irish Goodbye (Jameson, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, NOLA coffee liqueur, nitro cold brew coffee, cinnamon stick) and the Violet Crime (which includes a double shot of Stoli Blueberry, homemade blueberry syrup, and a Blueberry Red Bull ice cube) as well as rotating art themes that have included Simpsons and Rick and Morty-themed pop-ups.