Being a huge "gamer" especially when it comes to the classic arcade days, I try to make it out to the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield or Nickel City in Northbrook, two very good and very different styles when it comes to bringing back the magic of the original arcade scene.
Luckily the Far West "burbs" have another option closer to home with the recent opening of No Limit Arcade on Algonquin Road in Algonquin.
Sticking with the "play all for one admission" entry, No Limit Arcade is $20 for adults and $15 for students or veterans and kids under 12 are free with paid adult/guardian...it's even free on admission on your birthday!
One cool thing for those in the close vicinity is the option to pick up a weekly/monthly pass for a flat fee, so those looking for a fun and safe place to hangout nights or on the weekends can plop down their money and come in an unlimited amount of times.
Boasting over 60 machines (even including some classic 80's games) and having family areas with tv's for kids to play and parents to relax, it's an arcade that gears towards all ages.
Owners Kevin Slota, of Chicago, and Mark Battaglia, of Huntley, have known each other since the 1980s, when Slota managed — and Battaglia played bass for — the rock band No Limit. The two later launched a business selling a guitar protector.
Battaglia is the video game expert, while Slota takes care of the upkeep and repairs. “Mark plays the games and tells me what's wrong with them,” Slota joked.
Check out their website at www.NoLimitArcades.com or visit them Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays).