Store Name: Games Plus
Store Contact Info:
101 W. Prospect Ave.
Mt. Prospect, IL
Phone: 847-577-9656http://www.games-plus.com/I'm going to cut/paste the review I just did in my Examiner.com article - I think it will touch everything you are looking for here.
Games Plus has been around since 1982 at two locations, but always in Mt. Prospect. The store is conveniently located about 400 feet away from the Metra Union Pacific Northwest line station, for those who want to use public transportation. It is open Sunday through Saturday, from late morning to early evening.
When you walk into Games Plus, it's not unusual to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of merchandise that this store carries. Almost all 4 walls of the store area are covered with miniatures for sale and the center aisles and racks are stocked with books, board games and all sorts of items. There is a second area, almost as big as the store itself, filled with tables and chairs for gaming. The store is clean and despite the vast number of items, is easy to navigate.
Games Plus carries a wide variety of merchandise, from a huge selection of board and boxed games, to virtually any role playing game, to all of the popular miniature games, including Games Workshop. It also has publications, accessories and supplements, as well as many "out of print" books and a section of used items for sale. You could spend an hour or two looking at all the games and titles in stock. Games Plus carries plenty of miniature hobby tools, paints and accessories. If Games Plus doesn't already carry it in stock, the store's well known proprietors: Jeff Swegler and Curt Duval, will be able to special order it for you.
All of the staff are very knowledgeable about gaming in general. Curt Duval is a very active member of the gaming community. In my experience, the staff are able to answer questions as well as help a customer to find a game that they might wish to purchase, or get advice and support on games that they already own.
Games Plus is also the largest hub of gaming activity in the Chicagoland area. On any given day, you can find many different games being played in the gaming area, which has 10 different tables for miniatures, card games or role-playing games. Many different clubs make Games Plus their home and run regular events there. Games Plus maintains an in-store calendar and games board as well - a tradition continuing for the early days of RPG/war-gaming. If there's a game you're wanting to play, Games Plus probably hosts or knows about it. Games Plus also has a website that they keep updated on the latest events and happenings.
I'd have to say that Games Plus is the cream of the crop in the Chicagoland area. I can highly recommend it from experience, as I have a regular campaign that I run there and it's always filled with shoppers and gamers. I don't think you can go wrong by making a trip to this store.
For my review, I rank Games Plus as follows:
* Overall impression of store: 9 out of 10
* Type and number of games available: 10 out of 10
* Support of gamers: 10 out of 10
* Customer service and knowledge: 9 out of 10
* Overall: 10 out of 10
Go: If you love games, want to connect with a vibrant hub of the Chicagoland gaming community, or are searching for a hard to find title
Avoid: If you don't want to lose a few hours browsing. There's no real reason to avoid this store.Additional details as asked for by this poll.Events and community support: Whether it's Free RPG Day, Worldwide D&D Game Day, delve nights, Friday Night Magic, RPGA, local con support, or something else, describe how the store supports the local game community.
Games Plus participates in all of these types of activities. They are constantly having tournaments and participating in National day events.Play space: Do they have in-store gaming? Is there terrain for miniatures gaming? Do they run events?
Yes, half of their HUGE space is devoted to game tables. They have shelves of terrain available for public use and they are constantly running events.