Emporium Arcade Bar | Wicker Park/Bucktown | Barcade, Bar, Craft Beer | Bar

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Monday-Thursday 5 PM-2 AM, Friday 3 PM–2 AM, Saturday 2 PM–3 AM, Sunday noon–2 AM

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The people behind Emporium are pioneers in Chicago barcade culture; they established this Wicker Park spot in June 2012, just a handful of months before Lakeview’s Headquarters Beercade opened. Emporium’s the superior option—the craft beers are slightly cheaper, the games are better maintained (though not free), and it's more comfortable, especially since the bar opened a second room with a wallful of pinball games in July 2013. The expanded space includes a stage and projector, so you can visit with the intention of mastering AC/DC pinball only to, say, catch a set by Philly psych-rockers Bleeding Rainbow or take in the 80s slasher flick Killer Workout. The place can get jammed on weekends, but most other nights it's easy to hop on arcade cabinets without much of a wait. Plus Emporium's got 27 (mostly really good) beers on tap, so there's more to entice you than BurgerTime. —Leor Galil

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