Now Headquarters’ only Chicago location (for the moment, at least—the owners are promising a new Lakeview outpost later in 2017) brings the vintage arcade fun to River North, offering a similarly large collection of games and more than 70 craft beers. This location also serves up some non-typical bar food, including buffalo cauliflower and gumbo. All the games are free to play, so you may have to jockey for a turn in front of the Ms. Pac-Man cabinet.
|Venue name:||Headquarters Beercade River North|
213 W Institute Pl
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 11am-2am|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Purple to Chicago. Red to Chicago. Bus: 66, 156.|
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Average User Rating
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This Headquarters location opened after the Lakeview. I enjoy that this one has many free play arcade games as well as a similar drink selection, but they also have food served at the location. While it is an appreciated addition, the food is a little higher priced than what is provided. It tries to be a bit more upscale when I believe they can simplify the menu to more of a traditional pub-style.
The layout differentiates with a couple different titles (i.e. Paperboy), the large layout of audio cassette tapes, as well as a top and bottom floor. While I enjoy both River North and Lakeview locations, I slightly prefer Lakeview because of the game selection. If you're looking for a fun spot closer to the downtown/River North area, make sure to stop by Headquarters Beercade River North!
On the weekends there are A LOT of people here, and most of whom aren't the nerdy pinball enthusiasts you'll find at Logan Arcade or Emporium in Wicker Park. Expect ties and polos and short, shiny dresses. There are a few groups of people who will camp out on the machines, but overall most will play a few games and move on. The drinks are priced for the neighborhood,