I visited American Pinball at 1448 Yorkshire in Streamwood - here's the rest of the story.
First, see earlier posts on some searches pinsiders have done on American Pinball. Here is the location and Phone#
Here is the name of the owner https://govtribe.com/vendor/american-pinball-inc-streamwood-il - Dhaval Vasani
So the pics are pretty much what you see on Google street view, the backward paper sign taped to the door indeed says "American Pinball". A few blinds, some broken, nothing but a few desks in there. I didn't want to snoop too much - there was another car in the lot, and that's it, and I suspected someone was inside, but the door was locked and nobody answered the buzzer. Obviously I got someone's attention from inside, because someone comes outside and talkes to me.
Turns out its Dhaval Vasani coming out of the side door to meet me - I'm sure he's wondering who the hell am I and why am I wandering around when the front door is locked.
I decided if I met anybody, I was going to be straight with them, and go for the "heard a new pinball business was around, came to check it out. I'll try to keep the notes short - but here's how it went.
Hey, I'm Dan, a loacl pinball collector and heard about this "American Pinball" from some of the other pinball guys and decided to check it out over lunch.
DV - Oh, where did you hear of us, where you from, what's you name and email, we will send you some info.
(I may be foolish, but I gave my real name, my alternative email (but a real one, just rarely used), said I owned machines as my hobby, and have bought a few boutique games, from Spooky and Jersey Jack - and interested in news of a new pinball maker in Chicago)
me- I heard it from some of the locals, and googled it, and mapquest pulled up the address, figured "what the heck"
me - are you guys going to be a distributor or design and make games as a new boutique manufacturer.
DV - manufacture, but we are just getting started.
me - ok, are you working with local designers? Chicago has always been the center of pinball, I presume that's why you picked here to start up?
DV - yes, we have talked to a few designers, and plan on connecting with local suppliers.
me - Have you talked with Jpop or other designers? John has been working on a few boutique games too.
DV - yes, we have been talking with John...... (and a long pause) ... and a few other designers.
me - (hmm, that seemed like a quick thinking add-on cover story). Do you have any idea when you might have a game in the works, or plan to do any shows like Expo or Midwest Gaming?
DV - we are just starting out, too early to tell if we'd have anything worthwhile to share by then. It takes a couple years to design and produce a game, as you know from Spooky and JJP.
me - Yep, I followed both from their startup, and have talked to both Charlie and Jack in person. Im very interested in hearing progress or news that you are willing to share.....
DV - no problem. We are just in the early stages - but I'll email some things as we go along.
Ok, so that was awkward to say the least. I stuck with the "curious collector, like new stuff" and tried to get him to volunteer details. Not surprising that Dhaval was very cautious, but even though hesistant, he did chat for about 10 minutes.
I'm sure I'm being googled by him right now, and I will definitely share any emails or followup I get.
SO... that's the story - what do you guys think?