‘Chicago Gamespace’ offers interactive look at video game history

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CHICAGO In Logan Square, a unique art gallery offers a detailed and interactive look at video game history from Pong to the PlayStation 5.

‘Chicago Gamespace’ has a wide array of arcade machines and other exhibits so far, allowing visitors to play games and systems that started the video game industry in the early 1970s.

Pong, Mortal Kombat II and Space Invaders are among the wide selection of arcade games available to play, with the gallery also having old home consoles such as the Magnavox Odyssey.

Pac-Man, an iconic game that turns 41 years old in 2021 is prominently featured, with arcade machines, pinball machines, the Atari 2600 port and several other artifacts.

The first floor is currently dedicated to Pac-Man, with a new exhibit scheduled to replace it in June. The top floor of Chicago Gamespace stays the same.

Pinball machines are also plentiful in the gallery, with many themed after arcade games from the 1970s and 1980s.

Chicago Gamespace is only open on the weekends. Tickets can be purchased online to check out both floors of a trip through video game history.

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