Stern Pinball

Melrose Park, IL

41.911672,-87.888027

Stern Pinball, Inc. is (as of this writing) the only remaining manufacturer of mechanical pinball machines. The company has a final assembly factory at 2020 Janice Avenue in Melrose Park, IL, an area of light manufacturing south of O'Hare Airport. As part of a Forgotten Chicago bus tour of Melrose Park in 2012, owner Gary Stern gave us a tour of the facility.

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The building was here, and you talk a lot about the magic and the aura, but what really made the stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you, chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people that are there, that root for you day in and day out-that's what makes this place magical. (Bernie Williams on the closing of Yankee Stadium)