Old-school arcade fans land on dry ground in West Dundee
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media September 16, 2013 10:30AM
Forced from its East Dundee location by flooding and a bad roof, the Underground Retrocade has moved into this new location along Main Street in West Dundee. | PHOTOS BY ERIN SAUDER -- FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:07AM
WEST DUNDEE — When the Underground Retrocade was forced from its East Dundee location a few months ago due to flooding and a leaky roof, many area arcade enthusiasts had to seek a new place to game.
“I was there quite often and, when it closed, I started making weekly trips to the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield,” said West Dundee resident Jamie Tibbetts.
He’s one of many who are thrilled to see the arcade back open in its new spot at 121 W. Main St., on the other side of the river in West Dundee.
“I’m so glad this opened up again,” Tibbetts said. “Hopefully, people who are just as crazy as I am when it comes to arcades will commit to coming here.”
Scott Lambert, owner of the Underground Retrocade, said he is thrilled about the multi-floor building, located in West Dundee’s historical downtown.
“This is lots bigger,” he said. “And the village was amazing to work with. They did everything they could to help us get in here.”
Eventually, Lambert said, rooms will be available to rent for parties both upstairs and in the basement.
“It will still be a little bit before we’re ready for that,” he said.
Tyler Neal, 15, of Fox River Grove, made the trek to West Dundee for the arcade’s opening on Friday. He had been a regular at the East Dundee location. He came with some of his classmates who are a part of a comic book and video game club.
“It’s kind of like our school’s geek club,” he said.
But the group also can claim a bragging right.
“One of our members had the highest score on Fix-it Felix Jr.,” Neal said.
West Dundee Village President Chris Nelson said the arcade will help promote foot traffic in the village.
Lambert is happy to be open again after a several-month hiatus.
“We’re looking forward to making it bigger and better,” he said.