If you are of a certain age, you might have fond memories of spending an afternoon at a video arcade while playing Pac-Man or trying to rescue the princess in Super Mario Bros. on an old school Nintendo gaming system. Luckily, there’s a way to relive your glory days by picking up a vintage gaming console or arcade game. A number of retailers in the Chicago area offer classic games, with a few also offering video game accessories, services and repairs. Get your vintage gaming fix by keeping these retailers in the Chicago area on your radar. Don’t forget to pick up a few new titles in time for National Video Game Day on Sept. 12.
(Photo Credit: Hemispheres Amusements's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Hemispheres Amusements’s Facebook)


Hemispheres Amusements
215 Industrial Drive, Unit A
Hampshire, IL 60140
(630) 792-8910
www.hemispheresamusements.com

Old school game consoles will always have a place in a gamer’s heart, but having a vintage arcade game can add some pizzazz to any game room. That’s where Hemispheres Amusements comes in. Located about an hour northwest of Chicago, Hemispheres Amusements offers both new and restored arcade games and pinball machines, with titles stretching back more than 20 years. The company’s inventory has included titles like Galaga and Pac-Man, with titles and photos posted via the company’s Facebook page as they arrive. As noted on Hemispheres Amusements’ website, customers should make an appointment in advance. The company also offers service and repairs.

(Photo Credit: People Play Games's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: People Play Games’s Facebook)


People Play Games
3268 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 883-8813
www.facebook.com/peopleplaygames

Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, People Play Games offers a wide selection of video games and game consoles, and posts new finds on its Facebook page. Games for Atari, NES, Sega, PlayStation and other consoles are also available for purchase. Die-hard gamers can relax, as People Play Games can repair gaming equipment. Accessories ranging from clothing to joysticks, game guides and more are also available for purchase. You can also sell the video games you no longer want so you can make room for new-to-you titles.

Reckless Records
1379 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-3727
www.reckless.com

Sure, you likely know Reckless Records for its wide and varied selection of music, as well as for hosting live performances by musical acts of all stripes. But Reckless Records, located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, also offers a selection of video games. New and used video games from an assortment of systems, including PlayStation, Xbox and more, are available for purchase, and gamers can sell their titles, too. Reckless Records has two additional stores in Chicago’s Loop and Lakeview neighborhoods.

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(Photo Credit: Tyton Games)

(Photo Credit: Tyton Games)


Tyton Games
106 E. St. Charles Rd.
Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 501-0200
www.facebook.com/pages/Tyton-Games

If you’re looking for a vintage Atari game or want to refurbish an NES game console that’s seen a lot of play, then consider stopping in at Tyton Games. Located in the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, Tyton Games offers refurbishment and repair of vintage video games, and also sells must-have items for fans of classic video games. According to co-owner Tony Scarlato, the store also sells video game accessories including collectibles and controllers. In addition video games, the store also sells Magic the Gathering cards and has a hobby area, where patrons can paint items for tabletop games.

Videogames Then & Now
4351 N. Harlem Ave.
Norridge, IL 60706
(708) 457-2260
www.facebook.com/vgamestandn

Located just outside Chicago in the suburb of Norridge, Videogames Then & Now offers an assortment of products ranging from new releases to classic titles. The store offers a selection of video games for gaming systems that include Game Boy, SNES, NES, Xbox and even Pong. Controllers, cables, power supplies and more can be purchased, so you can keep playing games on older systems. Repair services are also available. In addition, Videogames Then & Now has offered arcade games for purchase.

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