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Paul Baker’s Birthday at Headquarters Beercade

February 5th, 2014 · No Comments


Paul Baker’s birthday at Headquarters was so much fun last year, that we did it again this year! The bar has really expanded, thankfully. They’ve added 7,000 square feet and the new area is much more spacious. I just remember last year it was so packed and took forever to get a beer. The new space has, I think, 2-3 additional bars! I only played a couple games and spent most of my time catching up with Alden and Paul and Kate. I hadn’t seen Paul and Kate since the summer!!

Before the arcade fun, we had dinner at Penny’s. I hadn’t been there forever. After the arcade, Alden and I went to Barrelhouse Flat for one drink. Jess was at a show and tried to get into Headquarters but the line was LONG. Like 50 people. Even with their expanded space. So we met her and Chris and another friend at Barrelhouse Flat. I was so tired from standing all night, though, so then we headed to Paddy Long’s for one more.. then I was out! That was the longest I’d stayed up and out for a looong time and I was TIRED. Fun night, though.

P.S. Emporium Arcade Bar might be opening a second location in Logan Square, by our house, but Headquarters Beercade is also opening a second location in River North in the spring.

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Two More New Things

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments

ALWAYS new things every time we walk outside lately!


“Establish an amusement arcade accessory to a tavern.” Sweet! Emporium is opening a second location on Milwaukee Avenue, this one in Logan Square. I’ve always had fun at the one in Wicker Park, so I’m excited for this new addition around the corner from home!


I noticed this sign at 2317 N. Milwaukee in the building where the new dentist is, kind of by Vas Foremost and Tula Yoga studio. I assume we’re getting a frozen yogurt shop.

Update Feb 12, 2014: Definitely a frozen yogurt shop!


Update Mar 18, 2014: Now with a real sign.


Update Mar 18, 2014: Now with awnings.


Update May 23, 2014: OPEN!


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Paul Baker’s Birthday at Headquarters Beercade

February 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment









For his birthday, Paul Baker got everyone together at Headquarters Beercade. This is a new(ish) arcade/bar that opened in the fall. We had fun playing a bunch of arcade games and pinball games and celebrating Paul’s birthday.

Headquarters had most of the same arcade games that Emporium has, the bar/arcade place we’ve been to in Wicker Park. I couldn’t help but compare the two places. Headquarters lets you play the games for no charge, where Emporium charges a quarter. I almost like paying the quarter more because then there are consequences when you die. At Headquarters you just keep pressing “Continue” til infinity if you want. It makes it so it doesn’t matter if you die. And also people can hog the machines forever! Headquarters is a little more of a sports bar feel. They have a lot of TVs and even when the games were over, they played some old Hulk Hogan WWF and American Gladiators. Both bars have good beer lists.


Dallas left after a few hours to meet some other friends. At some point after midnight Jess and I went and met Chris, Tim and Ken at Barrelhouse Flat. I’ve always wanted to go there after hearing my coworker Garrett talk about it. We had some fancy drinks and fancy popcorn. Then everyone said it was time to go home, but I went and met Alden for some decidedly not fancy tacos at Arturo’s. Somehow it was 3am and I had to go. Dallas and I got home at pretty much the exact same time. Long night. .. but fun. Happy bday, Paul!

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