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Walter Baas
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I will be in Chicago in mid-June for a week (work related) and was hoping to visit a couple of great game/hobby stores. Preferably ones that have new and used, board, RPG and maybe even wargames. I know these kind of stores are getting harder to find, with the development of niche and big box stores, but I believe there are still some good ones out there. Thanks in advance, for any suggestions.
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James B.
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I was just there!

* Dice Dojo
* Cat and Mouse Games (2 locations)
* Wanderers' Refuge
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Mango Mango
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James's recommendations are all good.

In addition, if you don't mind heading out of the city and into the suburbs, you might want to check out Games Plus in Mt. Prospect. They have a great wargames collection (both new and used), in addition to being a great all-around game store.
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Another shout out for Games Plus. Great staff, wonderful selection. They have board games, war games, and RPG stuff (enough to bury yourself in). Not so much used stuff, but they have two auctions a year. Sadly, you're between them, but it's as close as they come.

Great amount of play-space too. I live too far away to do casual pick-up games there, but it seems like it would be a blast to do so.
 
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Chicago is a big place, but Grapple Games in Bourbonnais is solid. They're like an HOUR outside, but just in case I'll put in a good word for them.
 
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Most of the stores in the Chicago area are selling at MSRP but offer various levels of flgs services. If you're strictly looking for the best prices, check out The Gaming Goat in Oak Park or Schaumburg.
 
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Another plus one for Games Plus in Mt. Prospect.

They have a large wargaming community and I'm fairly certain they have some used stuff near the pack of the store. It's either wargame or RPG - possibly both.

I'm there most Friday nights, if I can remember to do so, I'll check...either way, you should hop the train and stop by. They're less than a block from one of the METRA stops.
 
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MangaMango wrote:
James's recommendations are all good.

In addition, if you don't mind heading out of the city and into the suburbs, you might want to check out Games Plus in Mt. Prospect. They have a great wargames collection (both new and used), in addition to being a great all-around game store.

Agreed, this is my favorite game store in the Chicago area.
 
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In my youth, I visited Games + often as my grandparents lived in Mt Prospect (the old location, north of the tracks).

When I grew older I opened a game store myself, and my aspiration was always to work towards that type of massive assortment of games, new and old.

Still like the place and visit whenever I'm near them in the Chicago area.

My old store is 2 hours away from Chicago, so I won't send you there..;-) But it's great too!
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Gryfalia wrote:
In my youth, I visited Games + often as my grandparents lived in Mt Prospect (the old location, north of the tracks).

When I grew older I opened a game store myself, and my aspiration was always to work towards that type of massive assortment of games, new and old.

Still like the place and visit whenever I'm near them in the Chicago area.

My old store is 2 hours away from Chicago, so I won't send you there..;-) But it's great too!

I grew up in Mt. Prospect and spent many summer afternoons and evenings there in my youth. That little store next to Ye Old Towne Inn was like a second home to me in the early '80s.

The new(ish) location is even better. I live about 50 miles away now, but I still make the drive up there once and awhile for their awesome board game selection.
 
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iamsumo72 wrote:
Gryfalia wrote:
In my youth, I visited Games + often as my grandparents lived in Mt Prospect (the old location, north of the tracks).

When I grew older I opened a game store myself, and my aspiration was always to work towards that type of massive assortment of games, new and old.

Still like the place and visit whenever I'm near them in the Chicago area.

My old store is 2 hours away from Chicago, so I won't send you there..;-) But it's great too!

I grew up in Mt. Prospect and spent many summer afternoons and evenings there in my youth. That little store next to Ye Old Towne Inn was like a second home to me in the early '80s.

Me, too! I got away from gaming for quite a while, but that was the store that started it for me. Between that and Mother's Arcade...
 
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