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15TH Annual Pinball Life Explosion Open House

By pinballlife

8 months ago

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    #1 8 months ago


    During the Chicago Pinball Expo we will be holding our annual Open House.
    This will be a two day event with a different format each day.

    Thursday, October 17th from 10am-4pm
    Free admission
    Over 40 games on free play
    Free non-alcoholic beverages
    Free light lunch and snacks
    If you are more about having access to the machines and parts and don't like crowds, this is probably the day for you to attend. We expect this to be a low key, mellow day, comparatively.
    Thursday’s event includes the use of laser lights and strobe lights. If you have an aversion to either of these things then this is not the show for you.

    Friday, October 18th from noon-6pm
    This is the day we bring the party!
    This will be a charity event with all entry fees being donated to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    Admission $20
    Order your Friday ticket(s) - https://www.pinballlife.com/sold-out-entry-ticket-for-the-pinball-life-open-house-charity-event-on-friday-oct-19th.html
    Total Nuclear Annihilation #550 (final production game off the line) to be auctioned off at 3:00 pm!
    Over 40 games on free play
    Free photo booth (yes, a real one that you get inside and pull the curtain closed).
    Free *adult* kiddie ride
    Free Skeeball tournament with fabulous prizes
    Claw machine on free play with fabulous prizes
    Limited free alcoholic beverages (3 drink maximum)
    Free non-alcoholic beverages
    Free hot lunch and snacks
    Free Soft Serve Ice Cream
    Friday’s event includes the use of laser lights, strobe lights and latex. If you have an aversion to any of these things then this is not the show for you.

    Get your official Pinball Life Open House t-shirt designed by Brad Albright here –
    Take a look at all the other cool stuff Brad has drawn here - https://www.albrightillustration.com/

    We are issuing entry tickets for the Friday charity event simply to control the amount of people who attend, as over-crowding has been a concern for many who have attended in the past. A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold. 100% of the ticket cost will go to assist Team G (Bryan and Deb Kelly, and their grandson, Gordon) in their continuing efforts to fight juvenile diabetes.
    More info about this charity can be found here - http://www.jdrf.org/research/

    Our Address: 11912 Oak Creek Parkway, Huntley IL 60142

    Our phone number: 847-515-3415

    Pre-orders are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Please send all pre-orders to margaret@pinballlife.com before Wednesday, October 9th. Pre-orders will be available for pick up on both Thursday and Friday, but to pick up on Friday you must have a party ticket.
    Order your Friday ticket(s) - https://www.pinballlife.com/sold-out-entry-ticket-for-the-pinball-life-open-house-charity-event-on-friday-oct-19th.html

    You do not have to purchase anything to attend except a ticket for the Friday charity event (Thursday is free).

    Scott Danesi from Danesi Designs & Charlie Emery from Spooky Pinball will be on hand to answer any and all questions about Total Nuclear Annihilation and the auctioning off of the last machine.

    The VIP room will be open for all to enjoy (both days, but alcohol on Friday only).

    All questions and concerns should be directed to Terry - terry@pinballlife.com

    We are proud to be a part of the 5-day Chicago Expo event!

    Below are some of the show specials. Please keep in mind all sales at the open house are cash only and will be discounted across the board.

    Williams/Bally WPC-era Ribbed Chrome Leg Sets - $40.00
    WPC/WPC-95 Coin Doors - $115.00
    PinGulp Pro Drink Caddies - $10.00
    PinGulp Premium Drink Caddies - $12.00
    Standard Playfield Glass - $22.00
    Widebody Playfield Glass - $30.00
    Widebody Playfield Glass with "Tempered" Logo - $20.00
    WPC/WPC-95 Backglass Glass - $20.00
    Williams/Bally WPC-era Stainless Steel Lockdown Bars - $50.00
    Bally Stainless Steel Lockdown Bar (circa 1974-1988) - $50.00
    Williams/Bally WPC-era Widebody Stainless Steel Lockdown Bars - $80.00
    Williams/Bally WPC-era Stainless Steel Side Rail Sets - $40.00
    Bally Stainless Steel Side Rails (circa 1974-1981) - $50.00
    Metal Cabinet Protector Sets - $12.00
    PinGuard Cabinet Protector Sets - $12.00
    125-Piece Black or White Rubber Kits - $25.00
    125-Piece Translucent Rubber Kits - $30.00
    BriteButtons Illuminated Flipper Button Set (except Sys 9& 11) - $25.00
    BriteButtons Illuminated Flipper Button Set for System 9 & 11 - $30.00
    Set of 4 PerfectPlay Leg Caster Set (any color) - $8.00
    Real Knock Kit for Stern SPIKE & SPIKE 2 Machines - $35.00
    PinWrench Leg Bolt & Backbox Wrench - $10.00
    TNA Hot Pinball Action Marquee - $30.00
    Headphone Jack and External Volume Control For Stern SPIKE 2 Pinball Machines - $45.00
    Below is a list of the games that will be at the open house this year. This list is subject to change/grow. Some, but not all, of these machines will be for sale as well. If you would like to bring a game and get free admission on both days, please contact Terry at terry@pinballlife.com or by calling (847)515-3415.

    Scoregasm Prototype #1
    Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
    Total Nuclear Annihilation
    Rob Zombie
    America's Most Haunted
    Trilogy Beer Custom Machine
    Multimorphic's Lexy Lightspeed
    Earthshaker Aftershock
    Orbiter One
    Swords of Fury
    Sega Jurassic Park - The Lost World
    Star Trek Pro
    Playboy (Stern)
    Terminator 3
    KISS - 1979
    Ted Nugent
    Indiana Jones (WMS)
    Police Force
    Vacation America
    Harlem Globetrotters
    Dialed In LE
    Strikes and Spares
    Non Pinball Games:
    Rodeo Shooting Gallery Gun Game
    Golden Tee Complete

    #5 8 months ago

    200 tickets available to start, only 80 left after being for sale 30 minutes.
    Going fast. If you plan on coming to the Friday Charity event please do not delay in ordering your tickets from our website.

    #18 8 months ago

    Thanks to everyone who bought tickets. Together we all just raised $4000 for JDRF! Go Team G!
    See you at Pinball Life at noon on Friday, October 18th!

    2 weeks later
    #22 8 months ago

    Just a bump to remind everyone that even though the Friday charity event on Oct. 18th is sold out, all are welcome on Thursday, Oct. 17th. Hours for Thursday are 10 am to 4 pm.

    2 weeks later
    #60 7 months ago

    Thanks to all that came out Thursday and Friday!

    Another great open house in the books! Everything ran smoothly on both days and the charity event was a big success. Thanks to everyone who helped out, and there were a lot of you!

    Now I'm off to The Pinball Olympics! I'm sure I'll see many of you there.

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