Where we went for fun, how many do you remember?

kiddieland melrose park

KiddieLand / 8400 W. North Ave. Melrose Park, IL. (1929-2009)

Bell's Apple Orchard

 Bell's Apple Orchard / 1005 West Lane # 22 Lake Zurich, IL (1939-1998)

the chicago stadium

 The Chicago Stadium / 1800 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL. (1929-1994)
mill run theatre playhouse steve dahl

 Mill Run Playhouse / Golf Rd. & Milwaukee Ave. Niles, IL. (1965-1984) photograph by Craig Locaciato


Spindle / Cermak Rd & Harlem Ave. Berwyn, IL. (1989-2008)

new planet roller rink

New Planet Roller Rink / 7534 S. Racine Ave. Chicago, IL.

storyland amusement park

Storyland Amusement Park / Elk Grove Village, IL.  (1957-1961)

M&R Twin Drive In / 1010 S. Milwaukee Ave. Wheeling IL. (1966-1995)
Raceway Park Blue Island

Raceway Park / Calumet Park IL. (1938-2000)

 Woodfield Theatre / 1975 E. Golf Rd. Schaumburg, IL.  

rusty nail chicago

 Rusty Nail / 5825 W. Belmont Chicago, IL.

Olson Rugs Rug Memorial Park

Olson Memorial Park / 2800 N. Crawford (Pulaski) at Diversey Chicago, IL. (1935-1971)

Varsity Theater / 1710 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL. (1926-1988)
tiffin theater chicago

Tiffin Theater / 4045 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL. (1922-1988)
aladdin's castle arcade

Woodfield  Ice Arena / Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL. (Image courtesy of the Brotko Family)

The Hoot-Toot & Whistle Railway / Route 20 Elgin, IL. (1958-1978)

white city amusement park chicago

White City Amusement Park / 63rd St. and South Parkway Chicago, IL. ( 1905-195?)

happy day stables norridge chicago

Happy Day Stables / Two Chicagoland area locations

dex card's wild goose waukegan

Petrillo Bandshell / 235 S. Columbus Dr. Chicago, IL.  (1931-1978)

 53 Drive-In / 1721 Yale Ct. Palatine, IL. (1960-1986)

Sans Souci Amusement Park

Sans Souci Amusement Park / Cottage Grove and East 60th St. Chicago, IL.  (1899-1913)

Haymakers / 645 Milwaukee Ave. Prospect Heights, IL. (19??-1984)

Tom Naples Fruit Stand & Vegetable Market

The Halloween Store at Tom Naples Fruit And Vegetable Market / Melrose Park, IL. (photograph by Larry Graff)
The Hub Roller Skating Rink

 The Hub Roller Rink / 3 Chicagoland locations (1950-1974)

Villa Venice Supper Club / Milwaukee Ave. & Des Plaines River in Wheeling, IL. (1960-1967)


 Hoffman Lanes / 80 W. Higgins Rd. Hoffman Estates, IL. (1961-2015)

aurora downs
Coronet Theatre / 817 Chicago Ave. Evanston, IL. (1937-1984)
schaumburg lanes bowling alley


Schaumburg Lanes / 117 N. Roselle Rd. Schaumburg, IL. (1975-1995)

Swallow Cliff Toboggan Slides / Palos Park, IL.  (193?-2004)

Swallow Cliff Toboggan Slides / Palos Park, IL.  (193?-2004)

the nickel bag
luna theater

Luna Theater / 4743 W. Belmont Ave Chicago, IL.
dennis' place for games chicago
roseland roller rink chicago

 Putt-Putt Golf Courses / Multiple Chicagoland area locations 

mont clare lanes bowling alley banquets banquet hall

 Mont Clare Lanes / 2957 N. Harlem Ave. Elmwood Park, IL. (1959-2015)

sylvandell amusement palace aurora city of lights
Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Water slides. Doc Rivers Roaring Rapids Water Park

Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Water slides, aka Doc Rivers Raging Rapids Water Park / Oakbrook Terrace, IL. (1980-1989)
Baja Beach Club River North Chicago
Baja Beach Club  / Multiple Chicagoland area locations
bugg theatre

Bugg Theatre / 3940 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL. (1917-195?)

alladium ballroom chicago
kiddie ville niles

Kiddie Ville / Niles , IL. (1953-1966)

Harlem Outdoor Theatre Drive-In

 Harlem Outdoor Theatre / 4101 N. Harlem Avenue Norridge, IL. (1946-1976)

rialto theatre
Fireside Roll-Arena / Hoffman Estates, IL. (1975-1985)

Fireside Roll-Arena / 850 Roselle Rd.  Hoffman Estates, IL. (1975-1985
Poplar Creek Music Theater

Poplar Creek Music Theater / Hoffman Estates, IL. (1980-1994)

elm theater elmwood park

The Elm Theater / Grand Ave. & 76th Ave. Elmwood Park, IL. (1937-1960)

Oak Lawn Roller Rink / 9121 S. Cicero Ave. Oak Lawn, IL.
kiddyland 95th pulaski

Green Oaks Kiddyland / 95th & Pulaski Oak Lawn, IL. (1946-1971)

town and country bowl northlake
The Paradise

 Woodfield Lanes / 350 E. Golf Rd. Schaumburg, IL.

Lincoln Park Gun Club / Chicago, IL.

Lincoln Park Gun Club / Chicago, IL.

 Electric Theatre / 4812 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL.

coral theater

Coral Theatre / 4710 W. 95th St. Oak Lawn, IL. (1942-1984)

BALMORAL PARK 26435 S. DIXIE HWY. CRETE, IL. (1926-2015) 

The Happy Medium / Delaware & Rush Chicago, IL.


Elm Roller Skating Rink / 375 W. Roosevelt Rd.  Elmhurst, IL. (1956-1989)
treasure chest / fun city
Valencia Theater / 1580 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL. (1932-1975)

Storybook City, USA / 21 W. 740 Lake St. Addison, IL. (1958-1961)

jaguar st. charles


Jaguar / 12 N. 3rd St. Saint Charles, IL.


Marbro Theatre / 4110 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL. (1927-1963)

hollywood kiddieland

Oasis Drive In Theatre / 7500 Elmhurst Rd. Des Plaines, IL. (1960-1973)

Kiddytown / 4250 North Harlem Ave. Norridge, IL. (1953-1966)

Cinema 150 / UA Cinema  1111 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523

UA Cinema 150 / 1111 W. 22nd St. Oak Brook, IL. (1968-1983)

illinois theatre chicago

Illinois Theatre / 65 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL. (1900-1936)


 Riviera Lanes / 1515 W. North Ave. Melrose Park, IL.  

madison gardens roller rink skating chicago
alamo theater chicago

Alamo Theater / 3939 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL.

racing rapids action water park
cheetah club chicago / aragon


Cheetah Lounge / 1028 W. Lawrence Chicago, IL.

MARZANO MIAMI BOWL 5023 S Archer Ave Chicago, IL

Marzano Miami Bowl / 5023 S Archer Ave
. Chicago, IL.
thunderbird theater hoffman estates

Thunderbird Theater / 31 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates, IL.
the waterwheel at golf mill niles

The Waterwheel at Golf Mill
Shopping Center / 239 Golf Mill Center Niles, IL. (1960-1986)
striking lanes mt prospect

Paul Boyton's Water Chutes / 63rd & Drexel and later at Jackson Blvd. & Kedzie Ave. in Chicago, IL (1894-1906)
Colony Theater    3208 W. 59th Street,   Chicago,  IL 60629

Colony Theater / 3208 W. 59th St. Chicago, IL. (1926-197?)

my sisters place / for the younger set

Wauconda Orchards / 581 W Bonner Rd
. Wauconda,
IL. (1958-2001)
P.J. Flaherty's / 2531 W. 95th St. Evergreen Park, IL.

P.J. Flaherty's / 2531 W. 95th St. Evergreen Park, IL.
little acres stables norridge

    Little Acres Stables / Clifton St. Norridge, IL.

morton grove theater

                                                                Morton Grove Theater / 7300 Dempster St. Morton Grove, IL.

mance park speedway
lincoln square lanes bowling alley

 Lincoln Square Lanes / 4874 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL.

 BEL-AIR DRIVE-IN 3101 S. Cicero Avenue,   Cicero,  IL 60804

Bel-Air Drive-In / 3101 S. Cicero Ave. Cicero, IL. (1949-1999)
fox roller rink elgin illinois
north center theater chicago

North Center Theater / 4031 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. (1926-1963)

Fairyland Park
Fairyland Park / 40th & Harlem Ave. Lyons, IL. (1938-1977)
old orchard theatre

Old Orchard Theatre / 9400 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL. (1960-2000)

Washington Park Race Track 61st St. & Cottage Grove Chicago, IL. & Homewood, IL.(1884-1977)

3956 W. Fullerton Avenue,   Chicago,  IL

Embassy Ballroom / 3956 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL. (1957-1984)
Mother's Pinball

Mother's Pinball / Corner of Northwest Hwy. & 83 in Mt. Prospect, IL. (1977-19??)

Fun Fair Amusement Park - Skokie, IL. (1948-1968)

Fun Fair Amusement Park /Skokie Blvd. & Golf Rd.Skokie, IL. (1948-1968)

Melody Mill Ballroom

Melody Mill Ballroom / 2401 Des Plaines Ave. North Riverside, IL.

mike ditkas willow lounge
Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve Jensen Toboggan Slides

 Jensen Toboggan Slides / Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve, 6200 W. Devon Ave. Norwood Park, IL. (19??-2008)

Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom & Castle Of Toys

Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom & Castle Of Toys / Route 83 & Roosevelt Rd. Oak Brook Terrace, IL. (1967-1984)

The International Amphitheatre

The International Amphitheatre /  4220 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL. (1934-1999)

Roller Bowl Chicago
the earl of old town
adventureland bloomingdale illinois

Adventureland / Medinah Rd. & Lake St. Addison, IL. (1961-1977) 

chances r palatine
mill bridge roller club lyons
mister kelly's
Rand Park Pool

Rand Park Pool / 2025 Miner in Des Plaines, IL.
The Blue Village Westmont

The Blue Village / 1 N. Cass Ave. Westmont IL.

The Axle Roller Rink

 The Axle Roller Rink / 3 Chicagoland locations (1974-1985) 

riley's tricks & gifts

Riley's Tricks & Gifts / Various Chicagoland area locations (1937-2014) 

fleetwing farm tubing hill hoffman estates

Fleetwing Farm Tubing Hill / Central Rd. Hoffman Estates, IL.


Ritz Theatre / 6337 W. Roosevelt Rd. Berwyn, IL. (1926-1978)

playland amusement park

Playland Park / 79th & La Grange in Justice, IL.

Tradewinds Cinema / 1452 Irving Park Rd. Hanover Park, IL. (1973- 2002)
waukegan speedway

Waukegan Speedway / 3305 W. Washington St. Waukegan, IL. (1949-1979)

Golf Mill Theatres

Golf Mill Theatres / 9210 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles, IL.

plugged nickel old town
Sportsman's Park

 Sportsman's Park / 3301 S. Laramie Cicero, IL. (1929-2002)

The London House

The London House / 360 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL.

holiday bowl

Holiday Bowl / 4747 N. Harlem Ave. Harwood Heights, IL.


Oswego Drag Raceway / Ogden Ave. Oswego IL.  (1955-1979)
The Montclare Theatre theater

 The Montclare Theatre / 7133 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL. (1929-1985)

Juke Box Saturday Night

Juke Box Saturday Night / Multiple Chicagoland area locations
blackstone theatre

Blackstone Theatre / 60 E. Balbo Dr. Chicago, IL.


 Aardvark Cinematheque / 1608 N. Wells St. in Piper's Alley / Old Town Chicago, IL. (1966-197?)

Fox Valley Rifle Range

Fox Valley Rifle Range / Dundee, IL
edens movie theater

Edens Movie Theater / 320 Skokie Blvd. Northbrook,
IL. (1963-1994)
O'hare Stadium race track

O'hare Stadium / Mannheim & Irving Park Rd. in Schiller Park, IL. (1956-1968)

602 north

602 North

amlings haunted house

Amling's Haunted House / Melrose Park, IL. (1950-19??)

 Fisherman's Dude Ranch / 9600 Golf Rd. Des Plaines, IL. (1956-1997)

fickle pickle coffee house rush st. chicago
The Playboy Club

The Playboy Club / 116 E. Walton St. Chicago, IL.

berwyn theatre

Berwyn Theatre / 6404 W. Cermak Rd. Berwyn, IL. (1928-1990)

Cragin Roller Skating rink

 Cragin Roller Skating / 4921 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL.

Comiskey Park white sox

 Comiskey Park / 324 West 35th St. Chicago IL. ( 1910-1990)

Riverview Roller Rink / Belmont & Western in Chicago, IL. (1904-1971)

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Rainbo Ice Rink

Rainbo Ice Rink

B'Ginning's / 1227 E. Golf Rd. Schaumburg, IL. (1974-1981)

North Ave. Outdoor Theatre avenue drive-in

North Ave. Outdoor Theatre / 1901 River Rd. River Grove, IL. (1949-1973) 

Riverview Park

Riverview Park / Western Ave. & Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL. (1904-1967) 

Holiday Ballroom

Holiday Ballroom /
4847 Milwaukee Ave. Jefferson Park, IL. (1957-1987) photograph by J.R. Schmidt
Randhurst Twin Ice Arena

Randhurst Twin Ice Arena / Mt. Prospect , IL. (1973-1978)

The Thirsty Whale / 8800 W. Grand Ave. River Grove, IL. (1971-1996) 


 Meadowdale International Raceway / Carpentersville, IL. (1958-1970)

Showbiz Pizza Place

Showbiz Pizza Place / Multiple Chicagoland area locations (1981-1991)

clearwater theater dundee

Clearwater Theater / Dundee, IL.

The Hut / Des Plaines, IL.

The Hut / Des Plaines, IL.

roosevelt theatre 110 N. State Street, Chicago, IL

Roosevelt Theatre / 110 N. State St. Chicago, IL. (1921-1979)

Bell's Pistol Range / 3315 Mannheim Rd. Franklin Park, IL.
Bell's Pistol Range / 3315 Mannheim Rd. Franklin Park, IL.
Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy / Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville, IL. (1937-1970)

Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy / Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville, IL. (1937-1970) 

maigold arena chicago

Marigold Arena / Broadway & Grace St. Chicago, IL. (1931-1962)

Thillens Stadium / 6404 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL.  (1938-2005)

The Chicago Coliseum, 1513 S. Wabash Ave. (1900-1982). T

The Chicago Coliseum / 1513 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL. (1900-1982)

Old Chicago Shopping Mall & Amusement Park / 555 S.Bolingbrook Dr. Bolingbrook, IL. (1975-1980)

Old Chicago Shopping Mall & Amusement Park / 555 S.Bolingbrook Dr. Bolingbrook, IL. (1975-1980) 

Kungsholm (Restaurant & Theater In Miniature) / 100 E. Ontario Chicago, IL.

Kungsholm (Restaurant & Theater In Miniature) / 100 E. Ontario Chicago, IL.  

Discovery Zone / Multiple Chicagoland area locations (1990-1999)

Discovery Zone / Multiple Chicagoland area locations (1990-1999) 

santa fe speedway
Santa Fe Speedway
rollerway skating rink north ave.

North Ave. Rollerway  / 8490 W. North Ave. Melrose Park, IL.  (1945-1998)

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