Are you a fan of Chicago’s retro video arcades? How about a video arcade that is FREE? Logan Hardware — located at 2410 W. Fullerton in the Logan Square neighborhood – is NOT a hardware store but an awesome used record store sporting a bonus ’80s arcade in its back room. So after flicking through bins of rock, funk and Chicago band LPs – and scoring, say, a classic Iron Butterfly album— you can celebrate with a knockdown game of Donkey Kong. Ms Pac-Man, Frogger, Dolly Parton pinball and 30 other games whir, beep and speak in robot voices in the gallery. And they’re all free to play.
The admission fee: none, but you have to buy something in the record store. To us, this was a no-brainer — we love indy record stores, and we had a huge list of CDs I wanted to get…and Logan Hardware’s Yelp ratings are pretty much through the roof….