Probably the single most popular thing I’ve ever written was the short article about our family trip to the last remaining Aladdin’s Castle arcade in Quincy, IL. It’s the only thing I’ve ever written that repeatedly goes viral. I didn’t know that was even a thing that could happen.
In response to demand (and my own curiosity), I’ve spent a lot of time researching the glory days of the arcade chain. The story of the first Aladdin’s Castle location, Dixie Square Shopping Center in Harvey, IL circa 1969, is full of twists and turns sure to surprise you. Check it out if you like revisiting arcade history.