• Event Snapshot: Headquarters Beercade Boutique Opening

     
    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
     

    1. Ahmed Braimah decides on which game to play first.

  • Event Snapshot: Headquarters Beercade Boutique Opening

     
    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
     

    2. Monica Wright, Amy DiTomasso and Grace Mogeul pose for a friendly shot before things get competitive.

  • Event Snapshot: Headquarters Beercade Boutique Opening

     
    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
     

    3. Faith Lee shows that gaming is fashionable, too.

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    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
     

    4. Three signature cocktails: U.S. Mint, Flux Capacitor and Paletas.

  • Event Snapshot: Headquarters Beercade Boutique Opening

     
    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
     

    5. Headquarters Beercade bartenders play with the custom-made, retro telephone beer taps.

  • Event Snapshot: Headquarters Beercade Boutique Opening

     
    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
     

    6. Giovannie Gonzalez searches for game tokens

  • Event Snapshot: Headquarters Beercade Boutique Opening

     
    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
     

    7. Gabriela Lopez and friend playing a heated game of NBA Jam.

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    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
     

    8. Redgi Woods with Gabriel and Rachel Kruger. 

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    9. Creating signature cocktails for the crowd.

Game on! The popular arcade-meets-bar-meets-private-event-space Headquarters Beercade now has a second location in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The new spot, which is just a few miles from the original Lakeview venue, opened at the end of August and features two floors and three bars. The expansive space has room for 1,000 guests reception-style or up to 600 seated and, as such, has become a popular option for corporate and social events looking for flair. The fleet of arcade games and pinball machines are offered free of use to private parties; planners can also look forward to specialty cocktails and custom menus for their guests. Just a few weeks before opening, an audience of gaming industry enthusiasts and community contributors came to fete the new kid on the block, designed to look like a retro ’80s wonderland.

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