Fun stuff near Mitsuwa Chicago
March 18, 2008 7:01 AM   Subscribe

Fun stuff in Arlington Heights, IL near Mitsuwa?

I'm probably taking a trip to Chicago this weekend, and Mitsuwa Chicago is one of our destinations (since the New Jersey location is pretty great). Any recommendations for other fun things around there? I know that the NJ store has a booth-karaoke place and a Japanese used book store right down the street, so I don't know if Arlington Heights has the same sort of major Japanese minority.

That, and just general fun things around there. My girlfriend and I like Japan-ish stuff (we actually met there, while both doing a study-abroad to the same university in Osaka), but other cool stuff around there is also welcome.

I'd ask if there's a good arcade in the area, but from what I've been hearing, The Great Odyssey Brunswick Zone Naperville has gone from being awesome about eight years ago when I lived there to being awful nowadays.

posted by DoctorFedora to Travel & Transportation around Chicago, IL (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For an arcade try Dave and Buster's in Addison. It's even closer than Naperville anyway.

FWIW, Mistsuwa is only 10 minutes from an IKEA and Woodfield Mall.
posted by qsysopr at 7:40 AM on March 18, 2008

Chicago Indoor Racing is fun! About 10 min from Arlington Heights. Not cheap, though. (I figured video game fans might enjoy this, too, but who knows!)
posted by iguanapolitico at 8:08 AM on March 18, 2008

Response by poster: ooh, that sounds fun. I've also heard about Whirlyball, if anyone knows anything about that.
posted by DoctorFedora at 8:13 AM on March 18, 2008

Woodfield Mall has Sanrio Gift Gate.

There's a Gameworks at Streets of Woodfield (a strip mall near the massive Woodfield Mall), but I haven't been there in 6 years, so I don't know how it has held up.
posted by limeswirltart at 9:17 AM on March 18, 2008

Gameworks would be what you would want to fill your arcade jones; it's about a mile or two west of Mitsuwa.
posted by rhymesinister at 9:24 AM on March 18, 2008

FYI: Mitsuwa no longer has the dance dance booths or karaoke (or we couldn't find them when we were there a few weeks ago.) The market is big and nice, and has a great food court. There's a fantastically large book store that also sells CDs, but I thought Mitsuwa was better when we found it four years ago. From what AskMe recommended, the Japanese toy shop that sold movies and games, etc. has moved across the street, but the review on Yelp from last week was awfully negative.

I'm not suggesting that you NOT go. I heart Mitsuwa myself. I just think it was better before.
posted by santojulieta at 10:40 AM on March 18, 2008

Oh, and if you're doing the city thing, Rotofugi is supposedly awesomtacular.
posted by santojulieta at 10:41 AM on March 18, 2008

Todai buffet is in nearby Schaumburg.
posted by ignignokt at 12:41 PM on March 18, 2008

^ugh, no. You'll be much better off eating at the food court in Mitsuwa.

And Rotofugi is awesome.. it's like Chicago's Giant Robot/Super 7.
posted by hobbes at 1:17 PM on March 18, 2008

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