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Posts from August 2013

Three of Chicago's Must-Visit Beercades

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:00 AM by Sawyer J. Lahr

A beer arcade or "beercade" is an arcade that serves beer or a bar specializing in vintage video and pinball games. As opposed to Dave & Busters and Gameworks, these beercades are small and independently owned. It's not entirely a new phenomenon to serve alcohol at an arcade, but these three venues reclaim older machines in good repair like Atari's Caterpillar, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Mrs. Pac Man, Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Mortal Combat and a dozen pinball machines ranging from Jurassic Park to a new Metallica and Avatar game. 

Ice Cream Sandwiches

With August being the dog days of summer and National Sandwich Month, it seems apropos to spend the entire month gorging on ice cream sandwiches. Two birds, one sumptuous stone. Conveniently, Chicago is full of innovative ice cream sandwiches this season, from reinvented classics to outside-the-box creations made with doughnuts, taco shells, and cupcakes.

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