As Oscar Wilde famously said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” And so I believe, the same is true for video games. I think we all know that deep dives into the video gaming world are perilous and might not win you a mom-of the year award, but heck, sometimes it’s neat to come in over the top and blow your child’s world away with your hidden hipness.
And with that, I introduce the Ignite Gaming Lounge, offering a one of a kind social gaming experience. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about taking my kids to a gaming lounge, but I was immediately proved wrong. Ignite is a cool industrial venue packed full of glowing gigabytes of gaming awesomeness. Here’s how it works: you buy hours, and your kids can play any console (for us over the hill non gamers that means PS4, Xbox, Wii…) and any of the hundreds of games for as many hours as you wish. They can play solo, head to head, or as an interconnected gaming group. The hardware is all state of the art, The chairs, chips, lighting, and even the headset microphones are designed to give your child the best possible chance to survive whatever alien onslaught they choose.
It’s a gamer’s paradise. And truth be told, it’s a mom & dads too on those rainy days where you want to get out of the house before everyone succumbs to cabin fever.
I found it interesting that there were all-ages there (5 yrs and up), and I found it really cool that they have karaoke and rock-band studios tricked out for parties with over 900 songs. Release your daughter’s inner Katy Perry with her friends as they blast Firework to her heart’s content in a sound-proofed sanctuary. They have a private party room for pizza and cake afterwards. I spoke to the mom of the 11 year old birthday girl, and she said it was by far the most fun party her daughter has had, and I have to say the kids seemed to be having the time of their life.
Big & Middle loved it, and even their dad, and I got in on the action. There’s something fun about playing alongside your kids in the same video scenario.
They have a snack bar serving hot dogs, paninis, shakes, sodas and other snacks. We spent a couple of hours here and all had a great time laughing (apparently at how poor my gaming skills are) and bonding with the boys. They loved seeing their parents do something that they love. We’ll be back.
3341 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
Mon-Fri: 2pm – 3am
Sat: 12pm – 3am
Sun: 12pm – 12am
$12 – 3 hours