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Inside Fulton Market’s New Emporium Arcade Bar, Opening Tonight

The area’s first arcade bar brings the nostalgia

Emporium Fulton Market
Barry Brecheisen
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The West Loop/Fulton Market’s first arcade bar debuts tonight, as Emporium Arcade Bar opens in the former Betty space at 839 W .Fulton Market. Emporium’s staff has crafted a cocktail program to roll with the trendy West Loop. Footman Hospitality, the company that owned The Betty, is operating this location.

The space is filled with vintage coin-operated games with titles including Double Dragon, Pac-Man, and Cruisin’ World. There’s also pool, foosball, and air hockey. Spot the mural painted by Erik Lundquist, Benjamin Marasco and Louie Capozzolo, and the black-lit painting by Lauren Asta.

There’s no food, but customers are encouraged to bringing in items from surrounding restaurants such as Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Shake Shack, and Beatrix.

Take a nostalgic tour and browse the photos below. Emporium Fulton Market officially opens tonight.

Emporium Fulton Market, 839 W. Fulton Market, (312) 733-2222, open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday; noon to 3 a.m. on Saturday; noon to 2 a.m. on Sunday.

The front looks like the Wicker Park location.
Vintage games like Kung Fu Master, Virtua Fighter, and Stargate populate the room.
Two-player co-op like Double Dragon should thrill customers.
Final Fight is a two-player beat-em-up.
The room also features foosball.
Licensed pinball games like Star Wars and Addams Family are up in front.
Pole Position is a classic racing game.
A pair of air hockey games are up in front.
Interesting murals decorate the walls.

Ready, player one?
The space on the way to the bathrooms.
Don’t trip.
The cocktails at this Emporium are stronger than the other two locations.
This Emporium has drink garnishes.

Emporium Fulton Market

839 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 (312) 733-2222 Visit Website