Emporium Wicker Park

1366 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago

Damen Blue Line/Emporium Wicker Park
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Interested in beers and arcade games and are at least 21? Well, look no further than Emporium Wicker Park for your next best nightlife spot. This retro Wicker Park location was the first arcade bar to open in Chicago out of the several that exist today. Stepping inside the Emporium will give you plenty of reasons to stay. Upon first glance, you’ll notice pinball machines, classic arcade games, a full stage for live shows, and even a vintage photo booth. The ceilings tower over the games but provide an impressive landscape to relax and have fun with your friends. If you’re interested in bringing a big group to the Emporium, their party availability is extremely flexible. They have free party rentals and seek to work with you on what would make your night the most successful it could possibly be.

Behind the bar, cocktails and beers are served with impressive speed. Their beverage menu consists of hand-selected​ craft beers, innovative cocktails, and more whiskeys than you can count. With 24 draft beers on tap, you’ll always be able to find something you like. Away from the bar sits a giant stage that usually hosts live music or even game tournaments. These events are some of the most popular for the Emporium because they really bring crowds together under one roof to cheer for their favorite gamer or hum along to the music.​​ Emporium also has locations in Fulton Market and Logan Square but this one is the original. As a "beercade", they don't have much food besides small bar snacks, but they do allow you to bring your own food.

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The amount of games that are available under this one roof is more than just astonishing. With everything from Pac Man to Donkey Kong to the archaic classics like Frogger, along with air hockey, skeeball, pinball, and modern video games, this place is an oasis for anyone who likes to play. The best part? Most of the games are only 25 cents to play with skeeball being a whopping 50 cents. The Emporium is more than just a “beercade”, it’s a place to spend hours of fun with friends on a really nice budget.

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