One of the things that sets Great American Pinball apart from other retailers is our crazy cool shop. We have tons of pinball machines, pinball art, parts, a lifesize Creature from the Black Lagoon and the famous B9 Robot from Lost in Space. We have the largest selection of pinball machines in the Midwest and we encourage you to check out our selection of pinball machines online or If you’re in the Chicagoland area, be sure to check out our brick-and-mortar shop. Our friendly staff are always willing to talk pinball with customers.
Whether you’re new to the hobby or if you’re an old pro, you’ll find you fit right in at Great American Pinball.
Largest Pinball Shop in the Midwest
Great American Pinball is one of the largest pinball shops in the Midwest. Our showroom houses up to forty pinball machines. We even have arcade games as well.
While Great American Pinball keeps our working games up front, we also have a large number of pinball machines that we are working on in the back. If you are looking for a game that you don’t see online or at our shop, just ask! We don’t have enough room in our showroom for all the pinball and arcade machines that we have.
Great American Pinball tries to acquire as many great condition pinball machines as possible. This allows us to keep a great stock of new and used games at our disposal.
Custom Pinball Shop
While we are happy to sell customers their first new in box pinball machine, We also do a lot of custom work.
This custom work takes many forms. We sometimes like to add mods to our showroom games. This lets customers know that even a brand new game can be customized.
Check out our Stormtrooper edition Star Wars Pinball machine.
Or look at our Stay-Puft edition Ghostbusters.
Adding mods to a pinball machine is a fun way to make it unique. It can also be a way to show off a little bit about what makes you unique!
While we like modding new games, our custom work shows on our Custom Pinball Machines.
This is where the real fun begins. A few mods here or there is nice, but our Custom Pinball Machines are completely tore down and rebuilt.
Custom Indiana Jones Pinball Machine
Our custom Indiana Jones pinball machine is a work of art! We got the idea from the Imagineers at Disneyland. They took an Indiana Jones pinball machine and made a custom case for it. After seeing an image online, we knew we had to make one too!
Using an Indiana Jones that had been absolutely beat on, we decided to repair it. Handmade carpentry and a redone cabinet showcase the artwork.
The beauty of this machine is that the cabinet is only clear coated to show the natural beauty of the wood grain. We even created a custom stencil for painting the cobra decals on the cabinet. There are no stickers on this machine, only paint!
Custom Scared Stiff Pinball Machine
Scared Stiff is a pinball machine that many people love. It ranks #20 in Pinside’s top 100 pinball machines. We decided to create a custom pin out of one that would look beautiful.
The design of the cabinet is meant to mimic a crate which is on the original production Scared Stiff Game. We thought, it would be great to make it 3d! We actually made the cabinet out of planks to make it really look like a real crate. We also created custom stencils so we could spray the designs on the cabinet. We think the cabinet speaks for itself!
Custom Twilight Zone Pinball Machine
This one has probably been one of the most intensive projects we’ve done. It’s also one of the highest rated pinball machines available! Our Custom Black and White Twilight Zone was made as a nod to the classic show. The artwork on it was beautiful, but what better way to play this game than in the show’s original black and white theme.
We had a lot of help from a lot of people along the way, but it goes to show that the pinball community is awesome and always willing to help!
If you want to read more about our custom Twilight Zone Pinball Machine, check out our blog pages!
Pinball Parts Shop
Great American Pinball has an awesome selection of pinball machines, but we also keep a nice stock of parts as well. If you’re looking to replace the lock on your pinball machine or if you’re just in the market for some extra balls, Great American Pinball can help.
We also sell the mods we use in pinball machines. We carry a great stock of toppers, flipper bat toppers, legs, and even playfield toys!
If you're looking for ways to customize your pinball machine, we have the products to help you do it yourself. And if you need advice on how to work on your machine, we can help with that too!
Come check out our shop to get some important parts that you’re missing. We have bulbs, locks, flipper rebuild kits, leg levelers, and a bunch of other parts that you might be missing.
Pinball Experience Two Decades in the Making
Great American Pinball is proud to bring our experience to your pinball purchase. While we have been playing pinball for a lifetime, we have been selling pinball machines for 19 years. That means we’re not some fly-by-night operation.
We’ve been in pinball long enough to see companies come and go. We’ve seen the most common issues, and a bunch of issues that had us scratching our heads. Luckily, we always come out on top. No issue is too big or too small for our attention.
Our customers know that we go to great lengths to make sure you have a great experience. And if you were somehow unsatisfied, let us know. We always strive to make your experience the best it can be. We’ll make sure you are comfortable with your pinball purchase.
Another aspect that sets our shop apart from others is the feeling you get when you walk in. We are loaded with the best new and used pinball machines, but we also have filled the shop with pinball memorabilia. We have so much pinball and retro art on our walls it will make your head spin.
From neon signs to vintage art, to playfields hanging around to Stern Banners, limited Edition pinball prints, we have so much to look at that’s more than just pinball.
B-9 From Lost in Space
The newest addition to our shop is B-9 from Lost in Space. We purchased Robot from a one of the few people who have built these for fun.
He’s remote controlled and has a voice track that truly harkens back to the feeling of the original series.
While Robot from the original series only moved when a stagehand would pull a wire attached to him, our Robot is able to move completely on its own. He’s able to move back and forward, turn full 360 degrees, and his torso is able to move separately as well.