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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To me, comedy and tragedy are roommates. And they're very strange roommates, but they're always together. If tragedy is around, then comedy is not far behind. If tragedy shows up, comedy is looking over it's shoulder sticking its tongue out. (Gilbert Gottfried)