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Arcade Museum in McLean IL ~ worth a trip!

I recently made the road trip from Chicago to McLean IL, to meet up with my good friend Jeff at the Arcade Museum. What is the Arcade Museum? Just a little piece of arcade nirvana located right off I55 on your way south to St. Louis. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at the next St. Louis Super Auction, you can at least pop on over to the Arcade Museum and get your fill of classic gaming at its best.


John Yates, the avid collector responsible for the museum, has created a cozy little place to play a bunch of true classics. When we arrived there were a handful of customers playing games and a few volunteers working hard moving new games into place and keeping the ones on the floor working 100%. There is no admission fee to get into the museum, but games do cost twenty five cents while cockpit games a mere fifty cents. Donations to a worthy cause! After the grand tour we spent the afternoon pumping quarters into the games.

While I didn’t get an exact count, the museum has between 35-40 working games. There were 7 games I had never played before in a dedicated cab, that was amazing. I discovered a few new “must haves”, that’s for sure. For more background information about the Arcade Museum, check out the posts at rotheblog as he’s covered all the details. It isn’t often you get to see a lineup like this in the wild. If you can make the trip, it is certainly worth it. Bring your quarters and support the Arcade Museum.

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