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!
View the Schedule of Events for Pinball Expo 2023
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!
Buses will leave at 9 am from the hotel lobby.
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!
Stern Pinball WILL BE HOSTING AN IN-PERSON TOUR OF THEIR NEW FACTORY
Stern Pinball will be hosting an in-person tour of their new factory on Thursday, October 19th! Witness the creation of their latest games and get a behind the scenes look at this great manufacturer!
PINBALL IS FOR EVERYONE!
We're thrilled to announce that Inclusive Gamewerks and Project Pinball are joining together to host the first ever FREEDOM TO PLAY PINBALL Tournament at Pinball Expo 2023! Inclusive Gamewerks' unique controller design is built to be played by everyone - with no limits and no obstacles for those with disabilities! Come down to Pinball Expo 2023 for this incredible event! Pinball will truly be accessible for everyone!
PINBALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE
Jersey Jack Pinball is playing an important role in the advancement of care and treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Jersey Jack will be raffling a new-in-box pinball machine at Pinball Expo 2023 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago - raising vital funds to support the nearly 239,000 patients receiving care each year and helping to create a healthier future for every child. The winner will chose from either a brand new Godfather or Toy Story 4 machine and Jersey Jack Pinball will also cover the shipping costs for US residents - so make sure to be there to support this great cause! Tickets can be purchased during Pinball Expo 2023 at Jersey Jack Pinball’s booth.
Let's Make a Deal!
Come join us for our version of LET’S MAKE A DEAL! There will be banter, and fun, and PRIZES. Also there will be easy Pinball challenges. All can play – You may leave with PRIZES or ZONKS!
Wearing a costume may give a small advantage but is not required. You may want to have stuff in your pocket like: Playing cards, a comb, dice et cetera.
YOU CAN WIN PRIZES!
(Lots of Prizes)
MEET THE LEGENDS OF THE ARCADE!
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
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 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!
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!
MEET THE CAPTAIN FROM CAPTAIN’S AUCTION WAREHOUSE!
MAGIC GIRL IS BACK... IN A BIG WAY!
Pinball Expo is pleased to announce that not one,
but TWO complete in-box Magic Girl pinball
machines will be available for sale at Pinball Expo
2023! Come on down to the show for your chance to
own a piece of pinball history!
Meet Flippy's Family!
Last year Pinball Expo unveiled its very first official mascot - Flippy! We never expected the little guy would have such a big impact and flip his way into the hearts of Pinball Expo fans around the world! To mark the anniversary of this special occasion Pinball Expo will be introducing more members of Flippy’s colorful family at Pinball Expo 2023! We’re sure you’ll love them just as much!
SEE THE CREATIONS FROM AYSCRIM STUDIOS IN CANADA!
BOB CUNNINGHAM IS COMING TO EXPO!
Bob Cunningham from As Found Arcade Machines is coming to Pinball Expo for the first time ever! Bob is bringing a huge haul of games including pinball machines, video games, EM arcade machines, and many more surprises - too many to list! And there’s more - Bob will be raffling Exidy’s Crush Roller and William’s Make Trax, so be sure to be there! This is Bob’s first visit to Expo and he wants to make it one to remember!
MEET THE MAKERS!
Meet and chat with homebrew and custom pinball machine designers and teams! Each homebrew game on exhibit will be accompanied by its creator on Friday afternoon from 2 - 4pm, offering you a chance to learn more about the process of creating custom pinball machines from the makers themselves!
Seminars! Seminars! Seminars!
Pinball Expo 2023 is clocking in with over 40+ HOURS of seminars - WOW! No other pinball show in the world offers the shear extent, quality, international scope, and educational access to so many luminaries in the field of pinball - truly a category in which Pinball Expo stands as #1. Pinball Expo 2023 will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to see, learn, and be entertained by the greats of this industry - check out the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS to see who will be at the show!
SEE WHO'S COMING TO THIS YEAR'S SHOW
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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.