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History and High Scores at the Nation's Largest Arcade

Learn the history of arcade games and Chicago's special place as one of the centers of arcade game creation.

Hit Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right AB Start for the time of your unlimited lives at the Galloping Ghost Arcade.

Arcade games can be many things to many people, and no matter what your interest, they have it at the Galloping Ghost Arcade.From the classics you played as a kid to rare games found no place else in the world, this arcade has over 700 games, including those designed and produced by the creative geniuses and mad scientists of Galloping Ghost itself.  The vanguard of a modern arcade movement, Galloping Ghost is the largest arcade in the United States, and we have the backstage pass.

In this tour, led by the founder of the Galloping Ghost, Doc Mac, you'll learn the history of arcade games, the Galloping Ghost Arcade, and Chicago's special place in that history as one of the centers of arcade game creation. From Mortal Kombat to Narc, to NFL Blitz to Rampage, Chicago is the birthplace of hundreds of iconic games.

We'll see the gym where you can be personally trained by one of the original Mortal Kombat actors, the brand new Pinball arcade, and the Galloping Ghost production company which adds new innovative games to arcades all over the world. And, once you know your history, make some history of your own going for a high score with unlimited game play included in the ticket price.


  • The arcade is short walk from Congress park Metra stop on BNSF line and has ample street parking.
  • Look for Field Agent Matt Holmes in the main lobby for check-in.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes for standing at arcade games.
  • Limited ADA access.


Email Matt Holmes at matt.holmes@atlasobscura.com.

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