Emporium bar and arcade set to open in Lincolnshire

A bar loaded with classic arcade games is set to open soon in Lincolnshire.

Emporium will operate at 275 Parkway Drive in the City Park shopping center, on the southwest corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Aptakisic Road.

The 9,800-square-foot space formerly had been filled by a sports bar called Champps Americana. It's been vacant since December 2013.

Emporium already has two locations in Chicago, in the Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods.

"We are very excited to have Emporium open in Lincolnshire and be the first suburban location," Mayor Elizabeth Brandt said. "Emporium will offer a new type of entertainment option in our community and help reinforce Lincolnshire as a destination to shop, stay and play."

An opening date hasn't yet been scheduled, but the bar should be ready for customers within a few weeks, said Roger DeVito, general manager of the new Emporium.

Emporium's arcades are throwbacks to the 1980s. They features classic, stand-up games like Pac-Man, Centipede, Araknoid and Defender, as well as pinball and air hockey machines.

Like old-fashioned arcades, the video games work on tokens, which can be purchased for a quarter. Video games cost one token to play. Table games cost two tokens.

The bars serve craft beers and hard alcohol. Patrons must be at least 21 years old, according to the company website.

DeVito said Lincolnshire's location in south-central Lake County made it ideal for the company's first suburban expansion.

"Lincolnshire just has the best strategic location to reach out to all of Lake County and (to) offer our business to the county," he said.

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