Chuck E. Cheese 2.0: No More Robots Or Weird Smells

Jim Gudas
November 12, 2019 - 6:00 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Jim Gudas

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SKOKIE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Big changes are coming to the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant and video arcade chain, and one of the first of its new restaurants has opened in the north suburbs.

The new Chuck E. Cheese in Skokie’s Village Crossing on Carpenter Road still has pizza and video games. But the dancing mechanical Chuck E. Cheese and his friends are gone, replaced with an interactive video dance floor.

Patricia Cortez of Chicago’s Northwest Side brought her one-year-old to check out the makeover. She said one of the biggest changes is in the air, literally.

“It doesn’t have that odor anymore. I remember when I was in Chuck E. Cheese in the past, it always smelled like feet,” Cortez said, laughing. “Now it doesn’t. It has a nice, clean, fresh smell.”

Parents interviewed Tuesday said the new Chuck E. Cheese also seems more open. They like that there is a separate toddler area so the smaller children don’t get run over by bigger ones.

The new layout of the Skokie Chuck E. Cheese will be rolled out to all of its stores nationwide.