Milwaukee Avenue between Damen and Division
Miss the good ol’ days of analog video games and boxy blazers? Fear not, everyone born in the mid-to-late eighties! Your fond childhood memories of pop culture are alive and well on that bustling strip of Milwaukee Avenue between Damen and Division. Start your day with a hearty bowl of Chai-rios (cheerios with a shot of chai) and Super Mario at Wormhole, then stick it to all the torrents and i-thingies in the room by heading over to The Exchange, where you can swap your outdated gaming system for slightly-less outdated things, like CDs. After suiting up in Fresh Prince-era threads at Kokorokoko, head over to the Arcade for beer and, you guessed it, arcade games. A friendly game of Pac-Man? You got it, dude!
Wormhole, 1462 North Milwaukee; The Exchange, 1524 North Milwaukee; Kokorokoko, 1323 North Milwaukee; Emporium Arcade, 1366 North Milwaukee
Best of Chicago 2012