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Chicago Pinball Expo 2022

By Deaconblooze

8 months ago


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    #51 35 days ago
    Quoted from tullster:

    I've been going to EXPO since 1990 or so, and it looks like I'll be able to attend Saturday this year. Always had a great time and looking forward to it.
    I learned the best way to do Downtown is to Park & Ride the Blue Line from Rosemont to the Clark/Lake Station. It's under $10 and gets you into the heart of Downtown Chicago. Navy Pier, the Billy Goat, Boat tours, Hancock building etc. are all walking distance.

    blue line is fine...stay off the red if you don't want to be dead

    car jackers starting to ambush people in the downtown parking lot's

    #52 35 days ago
    Quoted from PinStalker:

    Yes, true.
    I'd have liked reserved seating for advanced ticket holders, but that's how it goes.
    This is my 1st Expo, really looking forward to it. Even though people are saying it's not what it used to be..... I'm really excited to visit. I'm going to try TPF next year and see which is better. At least there's plenty of stuff to do in Chicago so if it gets boring, can zip out and do something else for awhile. I'm going to Six Flags during this trip for sure..... and sample a lot of pizza. HA!!
    I'd be really curious if someone could give a little history about Expo and why it declined over time.
    For those who aren't familiar with Chicago (like me)..... any recommendations of things to do/see/eat in the area?
    I had on my list: Six Flags, Galloping Ghost, a Chicago tour, a whole bunch of pizza joints, try a Chicago Beef, try a Chicago dog, and Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Cheeseburger for sure..... not sure what else. There's a zoo........

    Lou Malnati’s for deep dish, Chicago dog and beef sandwich, a shot of Malort, ride the L around, experience driving through lower wacker, second city, and a dinner in the west loop if you’re feeling ritzy. For that time of year I think that will give you a good taste of the city.

    #53 35 days ago

    The new location is across the street from Kumas Corner. If you like extreme metal and gigantic, delicious burgers, it's a must. Also, it's not a chain.
    Place is so rad.

    #54 35 days ago

    You won't be able to finish it.

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    #55 35 days ago

    Name of that burger checks out.

    #56 34 days ago
    Quoted from Marshall_ry:

    a shot of Malort,

    Don't fall for it!

    #57 34 days ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    Name of that burger checks out.

    You need to use that burger just to wash down a shot of malort.

    #58 34 days ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    The new location is across the street from Kumas Corner.

    For those planning to walk to Kuma's: it's not across the street. But it is a short drive, and yes, you should go there. It's like if Gryszzz was a restaurant.

    Unfortunately there are exactly zero restaurants within a half mile of Expo.

    #59 34 days ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    For those planning to walk to Kuma's: it's not across the street. But it is a short drive, and yes, you should go there. It's like if Gryszzz was a restaurant.
    Unfortunately there are exactly zero restaurants within a half mile of Expo.

    The one in Avondale is like Gryszzz was a restaurant. The one in Schaumburg is like Gryszzz getting some golfing shorts and New Balance shoes while at Kohl's on a Friday night.

    #60 34 days ago
    Quoted from Deaconblooze:

    Don't fall for it!

    Chicago handshake on me if we run into each other.

    #61 34 days ago
    Quoted from sanctumwear:

    Deep dish:
    Burt's Place
    Pequod's

    Is there any different between these two? It's the same guy behind both of them right? (Bert)

    It's funny no one said Uno..... LOL!!!

    #62 34 days ago
    Quoted from jellikit:

    The one in Avondale is like Gryszzz was a restaurant. The one in Schaumburg is like Gryszzz getting some golfing shorts and New Balance shoes while at Kohl's on a Friday night.

    LOLOL...
    You and Yancy are cracking me up ha. I know the Belmont (my favorite part of Chicago) location was first, but not familiar with the other ones. Didn't make it there last year.
    So does the Schaumburg Kumas play White Lion and Warrant exclusively or what's the deal there B-Rad?
    Can't wait to see you fuckers!

    #63 34 days ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    So does the Schaumburg Kumas play White Lion and Warrant exclusively or what's the deal there B-Rad?

    It’s Schaumburg, so there’s also some Mumford and Sons and Nickelback mixed in as well

    #64 33 days ago

    Can’t believe I left a gyro off my list of things to eat.

    #65 33 days ago

    Villa Nova in Stickney has amazing thin crust pizza.. sausage mushroom or pepperoni mushroom, both incredible.

    #66 33 days ago
    Quoted from metallik:

    Villa Nova in Stickney has amazing thin crust pizza.. sausage mushroom or pepperoni mushroom, both incredible.

    You already know.
    We're partyin.

    #67 33 days ago
    Quoted from PinStalker:

    Is there any different between these two? It's the same guy behind both of them right? (Bert)
    It's funny no one said Uno..... LOL!!!

    Burt died years ago he sold Pequod's in the 80's but they both still serve his caramelized crispy cheese crust pie. They both have a different sauce/crust and the atmosphere is way different at Burt's if you're dining in.

    Lou Malnati originally managed Uno before he opened his pizzeria. Lou's is my favorite deep dish in Chicago.

    #68 33 days ago
    Quoted from Marshall_ry:

    Can’t believe I left a gyro off my list of things to eat.

    Brandys Gyros does a good one in Schaumburg

    #69 33 days ago

    Pizano's Pizza is very good and a few locations, Glenview probably being the closest to Expo.

    https://www.pizanoschicago.com/locations/

    And if your going to order a "deep dish" pizza, do what the locals do...order it uncut.

    unless you like licking the box

    #70 28 days ago

    Have the Stern tours for the Thursday now been cancelled? Thought the tour was included with the 3 day pass? Thanks.

    #71 28 days ago
    Quoted from pinballjah:

    Have the Stern tours for the Thursday now been cancelled? Thought the tour was included with the 3 day pass? Thanks.

    The stern tour has been turned to a virtual tour on Friday. Now we get a tour of JJP instead of stern on Thursday.

    #72 28 days ago

    Is the JJP tour included with the 3 day pass?

    #73 28 days ago
    Quoted from king_pin:

    Is the JJP tour included with the 3 day pass?

    Well, actually, now that I go back to the expo site. It looks like both tours appear to be canceled/digital. What a huge bummer.

    And they were included with the preregistration package not the 3 day pass.

    #74 28 days ago
    Quoted from NovaCade:

    Well, actually, now that I go back to the expo site. It looks like both tours appear to be canceled/digital. What a huge bummer.
    And they were included with the preregistration package not the 3 day pass.

    Was my incentive to buy the 3 day pass in advance, now I will just buy the day pass (if I decide to go). Was kind of the deciding factor if I was going to attend from Canada. That sucks. Was looking forward to actually seeing the Stern factory.

    #75 28 days ago

    Damn shame Expo has taken such a turn for the worse. A lot of the extra things that made Expo are gone.

    #76 28 days ago
    Quoted from NovaCade:

    Well, actually, now that I go back to the expo site. It looks like both tours appear to be canceled/digital. What a huge bummer.
    And they were included with the preregistration package not the 3 day pass.

    Uggghhhhh.... how lame!!! The tour is what I was most looking forward to. The Stern factory is why I made plans in the 1st place.

    I see the price of the pre-registration package is now $145 instead of the $175 I already paid. It says "refunds will be given to those who already purchased".
    Is that a refund of the difference? Or a refund of the whole package and you buy the tickets over again?
    I couldn't give a crap about bumper-blast on Wednesday night. Here's to hoping the seminars are good.

    #77 28 days ago
    Quoted from NovaCade:

    Well, actually, now that I go back to the expo site. It looks like both tours appear to be canceled/digital. What a huge bummer.
    And they were included with the preregistration package not the 3 day pass.

    That is a bummer , no tour at either Facility. The current thing must be still too strong..

    I was looking forward to it.

    #78 27 days ago
    Quoted from NovaCade:

    Well, actually, now that I go back to the expo site. It looks like both tours appear to be canceled/digital. What a huge bummer.
    And they were included with the preregistration package not the 3 day pass.

    Here is a clarification email received from Expo folks (two days ago) - fyi: my wife bought a stand-alone ticket to the Stern tour and she has received her $60 refund already; I purchased a 3 day pass but haven't seen my $30 refund yet.

    "Sorry for any confusion. The in person Stern tour Thursday got moved to virtual on Friday morning. Jersey Jack Pinball is now doing their own tour Thursday – running buses starting at 9:00 through 1:30 pm (every 45 minutes) – first come first served and no charge.

    If you bought a package, the refund is $30 and if you bought tickets only – the refund is for the full $60.00. We apologize again and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks."

    #79 26 days ago

    Presentation schedule has been posted on Expo's website.

    #80 25 days ago

    If you know; you know.

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    #81 25 days ago
    Quoted from epthegeek:

    If you know; you know.
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    At least there is a dog to pet in Jay's dungeon.

    #82 24 days ago

    Apparently there is a JJP tour now, first come basis.

    #83 23 days ago

    They filled out the missing slots for Saturday and changed some things around.....

    I see they changed the Q&A seminar with Jack to a seminar about JJP's animation. Listening to Jack (IMO) was going to be the most interesting session. Oh well. There also was a session with Bob Lawlor scheduled..... and now that is gone too. Makes me think they don't want any questions about TS4.

    There's a few interesting bits sprinkled here and there over the three days, but overall it's looking fairly boring (on paper).
    Hope it's better than I'm imagining.

    #84 23 days ago

    Looking to share my hotel room in the venue hotel.

    #85 22 days ago

    Update: I may not make Expo this year. Am developing some brewery-pinbally connections and may not have a spare minute to break away.

    Will be at York for sure.

    #86 21 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Update: I may not make Expo this year. Am developing some brewery-pinbally connections and may not have a spare minute to break away.
    Will be at York for sure.

    Dammit man. I mean, congratulations and good for you lol.
    Was thinking about bringing my Prospector that keeps blowing fuses and I can't figure out for you to help with. I have a PBR 99 pack I was gonna share with ya.

    #87 21 days ago

    Probably not gonna make this one. Just enlisted in the Space Force. Gotta prepare for this 3 day bootcamp.

    #88 18 days ago
    Quoted from Gundam_Pilot_:

    Let's hope this show doesn't suffer anymore than it did last year with all the nonworking games on the floor, and overseen creature comforts. Considering his current endeavor is now starting a museum, I can only imagine that this years show will have less games on the floor.

    The museum endeavor in Girard, Ohio is indeed underway. Check Past Times Arcade on Facebook for updates. This will actually benefit Expo this year. We are planning to bring 100+ games which will be 100% before they are broken down and hauled 6 1/2 hours to Chicago. Inevitably, issues will arise in the transition but we are better prepared this year on the front end due to having more time, more staff helping at the museum, and more techs on hand when we arrive. On that note, if anyone would be interested in volunteering to help setup, repair, and/or tear down, send me a direct message and I can inquire about compensating you with a free registration depending on your availability to help us out. Having the "Bumper Blast" at Enterrium on Wednesday, as opposed to opening the main floor that evening, will also allow for more time to setup and test games before everything opens at noon on Thursday.

    This year, the vendor area and the freeplay area will be a shared space with games being in pods of 20 spaced around the vendor booths. If you are curious of which games we are planning to bring along, here is the working list that we will be updating over the next month. We will not be bringing new titles as we would like for the vendors to choose these games without interfering in any way with their showcase. However, if you are a fan of electromechanical pins, we currently have a pretty solid working list.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10vNYmhG-qsGqpgNuXAhZS_PF_GfzxyKxdVTnQMud65Q/edit?usp=sharing

    #89 18 days ago
    Quoted from mjhale:

    The museum endeavor in Girard, Ohio is indeed underway. Check Past Times Arcade on Facebook for updates. This will actually benefit for Expo this year. We are planning to bring 100+ games which will be 100% before they are broken down and hauled 6 1/2 hours to Chicago. Inevitably, issues will arise in the transition but we are better prepared this year on the front end due to having more time, more staff helping at the museum, and more techs on hand when we arrive. On that note, if anyone would be interested in volunteering to help setup, repair, and/or tear down, send me a direct message and I can inquire about compensating you with a free registration depending on your availability to help us out. Having the "Bumper Blast" at Enterrium on Wednesday, as opposed to opening the main floor that evening, will also allow for more time to setup and test games before everything opens at noon on Thursday.
    This year, the vendor area and the freeplay area will be a shared space with games being in pods of 20 spaced around the vendor booths. If you are curious of which games we are planning to bring along, here is the working list that we will be updating over the next month. We will not be bringing new titles as we would like for the vendors to choose these games without interfering in any way with their showcase. However, if you are a fan of electromechanical pins, we currently have a pretty solid working list.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10vNYmhG-qsGqpgNuXAhZS_PF_GfzxyKxdVTnQMud65Q/edit?usp=sharing

    Thats a great development, mixing freeplay and vendors. Last year it was too isolated.

    I'll certainly help out on the floor keeping the games running.

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    #90 13 days ago

    Glad to see the vendor and free play stuff being mixed together this year.
    The free play area was pretty depressing last year.

    #91 13 days ago
    Quoted from NashtyFunk:

    Glad to see the vendor and free play stuff being mixed together this year.
    The free play area was pretty depressing last year.

    Agreed, the vendor area seemed to be pretty cramped into the one half while there was plenty o' room in the Free Play area in the other half.

    #92 12 days ago

    Does that mean that the free play area will be unavailable in the later hours? Games being kept separate allowed for the free play stuff to be open in until 2am (or way later at the westin).

    #93 12 days ago
    Quoted from Deaconblooze:

    Does that mean that the free play area will be unavailable in the later hours? Games being kept separate allowed for the free play stuff to be open in until 2am (or way later at the westin).

    No. The games will be available to play during the posted hours. Vendors may close earlier, however.

    #94 11 days ago

    This will be our first year going to Expo. I know there are tons of games to play but will there be games for sale too? If so, is it typically the games that have been out on the floor? NIB games? Cash only? ACH? How does this all work?

    #95 11 days ago
    Quoted from BoilerUp:

    How does this all work?

    There will be a lot of games for sale. Individuals who bring games will mark them if they are for sale.

    There is a Chicago expo for sale thread also you might keep an eye on.

    #96 11 days ago
    Quoted from bbaker2824:

    There will be a lot of games for sale. Individuals who bring games will mark them if they are for sale.
    There is a Chicago expo for sale thread also you might keep an eye on.

    And if you are really looking to buy, bring cash. Cash is king with most people.

    #97 10 days ago
    Quoted from BoilerUp:

    This will be our first year going to Expo. I know there are tons of games to play but will there be games for sale too? If so, is it typically the games that have been out on the floor? NIB games? Cash only? ACH? How does this all work?

    If your looking for basically new games, I will have over 40 games that are opened up for the show that are available and can be taken home when the tournament ends

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