of the flipper
Humpty Dumpty, the first pinball machine to have flippers, was released on November 8, 1947.
The longest-running pinball event is Pinball Expo which has run 38 consecutive years! Pinball Expo will be holding its 39th annual event held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois on October 18-21, 2023.
Make it a pinball adventure to remember!
Want to attend the 2023 Pinball Expo? Check out our ticket and package options!
The schedule for the 2023 Pinball Expo is under development. Check back towards the end of summer for updates.
Pinball Expo will feature an IFPA sponsored pinball tournament. Additional tournaments will include the Women's, Kids 14 & under, and Classics!
This year we expect a record breaking show. We have an all-time high in interest and commitment in the number of new and old vendors coming to Pinball Expo.
Pinball Expo boasts hundreds of machines made in the USA as well as Italy, Spain, and other parts of the world. Low production and obscure manufacturers will also be on display.
From Pacman and Donkey Kong to slot machines and jukeboxes, this year's Expo will expand to include them all.
Coming to Pinball Expo this year will be video game consoles, seminars, and vendors. From Atari to Xbox, all will be covered!
Come meet, converse, and get an autograph and picture with your favorite pinball designers, artists, and authors.
We offer hours of learning opportunities from our seminar speakers and industry personnel. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements!
Join the Stern Pinball Factory tour in the Nirvana A/B Room-- hosted by Seth Davis and Gary Stern.
We are proud to announce that ENTERRIUM (formerly Level 257) will open its 40,000 square foot entertainment venue to host the BUMPER BLAST 2023 on Wednesday, October 18 from 7:00PM-10:00PM
All advanced and on-site full registration attendees will be treated to a FREE night of food, fun, and camaraderie. Your visit to Enterrium includes:
- Bus transportation from the hotel to Enterrium and back. Bus leaves hotel beginning at 6:45PM and runs until its final return at 10:00PM
- Soft Drinks
- Cookies & Assorted Desserts
- Fruit Skewers
2-Hour Game Card
($25 value!) Pinball machines, Arcade Games, Redemption Games, Video Machines and Bowling lanes
CHECK OUT THE ENTERRIUM PRE-EXPO FLIPOUT TOURNAMENT!
ENTERRIUM is hosting their very own PRE-EXPO FLIPOUT TOURNAMENT ‘23 at their facility on Wednesday, October 18th! It’s sure to be blast so sign up today to take part in the fun!
And there’s more! ENTERRIUM is opening its doors to Pinball Expo 2023 attendees to enjoy pinball, games, food, and fun! Come on down and catch up with old friends and meet new ones too at this upscale restaurant, bar, and arcade in Schaumburg, Illinois! The entire facility will be open with pinball machines, arcade machines, bowlers, and more available to play at no charge using the game cards that will be provided!
CHECK OUT PROJECT PINBALL AT THIS YEAR'S SHOW!
Praise For Pinball Expo
"You have made my dream come true meeting Steve Ritchie & Larry DeMar. Thank you!"
"Thank you for a very fun first Pinball Expo! We has an amazing time and you certainly put on a great event!"
"Hi Rob! Thank you SO much again for this past weekend, what a fantastic event!"
Enter your machine into the American Dream Challenge!
Do you have the next big idea in pinball? Are you a homebrew builder who wants to see your ideas come to life? American Pinball is introducing a new and exciting competition to bring out the next creative genius in the world of pinball!
Congratulations to our 2022 World Cup Champions Team Raygwell
2023 Registration will open February 1, 2023.
Attention Pinball Players from Around the World!
Last year was our first year doing this, but we didn't realize how many professional players would enter. For this year, we wish to make it more accessible for the non-rank players so that more people have the opportunity to compete with a chance to win.
Eligible participants must be ranked below the top 1,000 IFPA players. Don’t know your ranking? Click here to check.
Do you think your team has what it takes to be World Champions? Countries from around the globe are sending their best to decide who’s best in the Annual Pinball Expo World Cup Tournament! Represent your country with pride and take on the top competition in the world!
MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN!
Pinball Expo adopts a family friendly ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
Pinball Expo adopts a Zero Tolerance Policy with regard to actions or behaviors that disrupt the atmosphere and livelihood of the exposition, such as but not limited to: actual or threatened acts of violence; physical, emotional or sexual abuse or bullying; possession of any items that is generally considered as or intended to be used as a weapon; possession of any illegal substances or alcoholic beverages; and other inappropriate or potentially harmful actions or behaviors; disregard to the instruction of Pinball Expo Staff. This policy applies to all Pinball Expo events and activities (including online or social media activities), as well as to all individuals involved with or participating in Pinball Expo events and activities (including staff, volunteers, panelists, guests, participants, vendors, and press).
Pinball Expo reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from Pinball Expo that fails to comply with this Zero Tolerance Policy.
We Want your games!
Bring your games to Pinball Expo 2023 and receive free admission! And this year we're UPPING the ante, and bringing just ONE pinball machine is all it takes for a chance to win a BRAND NEW STERN 007 PINBALL MACHINE in the box valued at over $7,000 if your ticket is drawn! And the more games you bring the more drawing entries you receive, increasing your chance to win!
Shipmypinball.com will be at the Pinball Expo to provide shipping services to help you with any games purchased at the show!
TAKE A PICTURE AND GET AN AUTOGRAPH FROM YOUR FAVORITE PINBALL DESIGNERS, ARTISTS, AND AUTHORS AT THE AUTOGRAPH SESSION!
2021 TWIPY Award winner!
Favorite Pinball Event
WE MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION in 2021!
Check out this video to get a sneak peek of our beautiful, new location! We'll see you there for Pinball Expo 2023!
Magic girl Returns!
After seven years in the making, the elusive Magic Girl pinball game is finally complete! The storied history of this machine can be traced back to 2015 when its first designs were being formulated, but through the development cycle only 19 machines were ever built. Now, through the combined efforts of Pinball Expo and an intrepid team of builders in the Netherlands, one of the Magic Girl machines has finally been restored to be the first ever fully-functional Magic Girl pinball machine unveiled on U.S. soil returning to Pinball Expo 2023!
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ABOUT PINBALL EXPO
Pinball Expo is the brain child of Rob Berk who grew up playing pinball. His dream was to recognize his heroes – the pinball designers and artists that created the games he loved. With the help of Bill Kurtz and Mike Pacak, Pinball Expo became a reality, taking place in Chicago, the home of pinball. Founded in 1985, Pinball Expo is the longest-running event dedicated to pinball.