Re: Video Arcades
Date: August 20, 2011 06:50AM
We had two that'd we'd frequent in my neighborhood, Bunny Hutch (which is still in operation surprisingly, and Diversions, behind Lincoln Village. The first Diversions was two stores down from the Super Gap (now a chinese buffet) and next to FlipSide record shop. Then a few years later after opening there they moved to the old Sizzler building (right before that it was a short lived retro kinda restaurant called "Johnny Angels" which really had awesome food.)
I remember also when Subway opened a few stores down from there, one of the first ones around, and I remember a sign on the wall that said something like "We're hoping to have 5,000 stores by 1990 or something, whatever the year was, and here they are years later, having more stores than McDonalds. Quite the feat.
I kind of grew up going to Diversions, met girls, kind of felt like thats where I came into my own. Made me a hardened Chicagoan, all the characters and stories. Gangbangers, cops, girls, video games. I owe a lot to that joint. And of course Bunny Hutch too, with the twin brothers who own it, lots of great memories there too.
If we felt like venturing out of the hood, we'd hit up Dennis's on Belmont, back when the area was still a lil sketchy. Always was an adventure to head up that way and hang out there for the night.