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Mark Crane
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HI, I'll be attending a conference in Chicago for three days and was wondering if there were any great game stores, preferably ones that sold used stock or had something else cool going on. I'll be staying at the Palmer house hotel.
 
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Chris Shaffer
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Nope, sorry, there's not much of anything in Chicago. Your best bet is a ride on the Metra to the suburbs to Games Plus in Mt. Prospect.

http://www.games-plus.com/

It's worth the trip.
 
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There used to be a games store in Water Tower I think. Of course, this means nothing since it could be closed down now.
 
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Water Tower Place is a mall in walking distance north of the Palmer House, so it might be worth checking out. I've never heard of a game store there, but they do have a Rainforest Cafe, so at least you can eat while you're there.
 
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Water Tower Place has a Gamers Paradise on the 4th floor, with an extremely limited offering of Euro games (it keeps shrinking). Lots of mainstream boardgames, casino stuff, and some toys. No used section, nothing cool going on.

Water Tower Place would be a healthy walk from the Palmer House, about a mile and a half. Take a bus up Michigan Avenue.

There isn't a Rainforest Cafe at Water Tower Place, but they do have Food Life, one of the cooler Lettuce Entertain You restaraunts; lots and lots of different food stations to choose from.

The Gamers Paradise chain varies widely by location--the store in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg (outlying suburb) has a better selection of Euros. There's also one on North Clark Street that I haven't been to, so I can't comment on their stock. It is, however, a quick ride on the El from downtown.

Games Plus is the best in the whole region.
 
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Thanks for the clarifications - it's been 5+ years since I've been to Water Tower Place. As a non-car-owner, I guess my definition of reasonable walking distance is a bit longer than most.
 
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and here's the slew of comic & "light game" stores in the area:

http://yp.yahoo.com/py/ypResults.py?&&city=Chicago&state=IL&...
 
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Tim M-L
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The Gamer's Paradice on Clark has a slightly better selection than the one at Water Tower Place. You still won't find anything really spectacular.
 
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Erik Swedlund
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TheCat wrote:
Thanks for the clarifications - it's been 5+ years since I've been to Water Tower Place. As a non-car-owner, I guess my definition of reasonable walking distance is a bit longer than most.


Oh, it's not a bad walk . . . unless it's winter in Chicago. I walk further than that every day to work, but I'm not recommending it for tourists when the snow is blowing off the lake.

Walk from the Palmer House to Water Tower Place in the summer, and enjoy Michigan Avenue: Grant Park, Millenium Park, the river, the Magnificent Mile.
 
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Mark Crane
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That looks like a great store, too bad I'm going to miss their auctions.


TheCat wrote:
Nope, sorry, there's not much of anything in Chicago. Your best bet is a ride on the Metra to the suburbs to Games Plus in Mt. Prospect.

http://www.games-plus.com/

It's worth the trip.
 
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