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

kiddieland melrose park

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

ChicagoFest
ARLINGTON PARK RACETRACK
Arlington Park Racetrack / 2200 W. Euclid Ave. Arlington Hts. IL. (1927-2021) 
ELSTON STABLES JEFFERSON PARK IL
Elston Stables, 5663 N. Elston Ave. Jefferson Park, IL.
Bumpers Food & Games / 6313 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL.
MANOR BOWL CHICAGO
Manor Bowl / 3124 N Central Ave. Chicago, IL.
Wheaton Bowl / 2031 Gary Ave. Wheaton, IL.
ROLLERENA WHEATON IL
Stratford Bowl / 3016 N. Central Ave. Chicago, IL.
Biddy Mulligan's / 7644 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL.
Bell's Apple Orchard

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

Hi-Spot Lanes / 630 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL.
Brighton Theatre / 4223 S. Archer Ave. Chicago, IL. (1919-1991)
log cabin roller rink aurora il
Hesterman Bowl / 500 Roosevelt Rd. Glen Ellyn, IL. (1958-1999)
87th Street Speedway / 1111 87th St. and Greenwood Ave. Chicago, IL. (1948-1956)
El-Mar Bowl / 8435 S. Harlem Ave. Bridgeview, IL.(1957-2020)
Marquette Theatre / 6305 S. Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL. (1917-1981)
Cascade Drive In / 1100 E. North Ave. West Chicago, IL. (1961-2019)
Southport Lanes / 3325 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL. (1922-2020)
Ogden 6 Theatres / 1227 E. Ogden Ave. Naperville, IL. (1976-2020)
Quig's Apple Orchard /300 S IL Route 83 Mundelein, IL (1947-2005)
Quig's Apple Orchard /300 S IL Route 83 Mundelein, IL (1947-2005)
Time-Out Family Amusement Center
Time-Out Family Amusement Center / multiple Chicagoland area locations
 Fox Valley Country Club / 2500 River Rd. North Aurora, IL. (1929-2015)
the chicago stadium
 The Chicago Stadium / 1800 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL. (1929-1994)
Ken Loch Golf Links / 1 S. 601 Finley Rd. Lombard, IL. (1963-2014)
Amling's Santa's Work Shop /  8900 W. North Ave. Melrose Park, IL.
MILL RUN PLAYHOUSE

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

Spindle

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)
TWIN DRIVE-IN
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 SCHAUMBURG

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

rusty nail chicago

 Rusty Nail / 5825 W. Belmont Chicago, IL.

Shireland Amusement Park / Hampshire, IL. (1988-1991)
Dry Gulch / 9351 W. Irving Park Rd. Schiller Park, 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)
roller dome rink chicago
tiffin theater chicago
Tiffin Theater / 4045 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL. (1922-1988)
aladdin's castle arcade
Woodfield  Ice Arena / Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL.
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 / 8600 W. North Ave.  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 BOWL HOFFMAN ESTATES

 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

 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?)
THE PALADIUM CHICAGO
kiddie ville niles
Kiddie Ville / Niles , IL. (1953-1966)

 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 THEATRE

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 BOWLING SCHAUMBURG

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

ROYAL LONDON WAX MUSEUM
ARLINGTON ROLLER RINK ARLINGTON HEIGHTS ILLINOIS
Lincoln Park Gun Club / Chicago, IL.

Lincoln Park Gun Club / Chicago, IL.
ELECTRIC THEATRE CHICAGO

 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 skating club
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 ADDISON
Storybook City, USA / 21 W. 740 Lake St. Addison, IL. (1958-1961)
jaguar st. charles

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

CAPONE'S CHICAGO
MARBRO THEATRE CHICAGO


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

hollywood kiddieland
OASIS DRIVE IN THEATRE
Oasis Drive In Theatre / 7500 Elmhurst Rd. Des Plaines, IL. (1960-1973)
KIDDYTOWN NORRIDGE
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)

AARON RUSSO'S KINETIC PLAYGROUND
Illinois Theatre / 65 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL. (1900-1936)
HOLIDAY PARK FOX LAKE IL.
Holiday Park / Fox Lake, IL.
RIVIERA LANES BOWLING ALLEY MELROSE PARK

 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. (1951-2001)
breezy hill roller rink
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
Tivoli Theatre / 6325 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Chicago, IL. (1921-1963)
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)
MOTHER BLUES OLD TOWN
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)
 Diversey Theatre / 2828 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL. (1925-1973)
PURPLE COW
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 Rink / 8027 W. Ogden Ave. Lyons, IL. (1925-1992) 
MISTER KELLY'S CHICAGO
PARK THEATRE CHICAGO
Park Theatre / 1619 Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL. (1948-197?)
Rand Park Pool
Rand Park Pool / 2025 Miner 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 / 2700 W. Central Rd. Palatine, IL.
RITZ THEATRE
Ritz Theatre / 6337 W. Roosevelt Rd. Berwyn, IL. (1926-1978)
playland amusement park
Playland Park / 79th & La Grange in Justice, IL. (1950-1979)
Tradewinds Cinema / 1452 Irving Park Rd. Hanover Park, IL. (1973- 2002)
triangle roller rink arlington heights il.
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 1955-1979
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 OLD TOWN PIPER'S ALLEY CHICAGO

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

FOX VALLEY RIFLE RANGE CARPENTERSVILLE BOLZ RD
Fox Valley Rifle Range / 33994 Bolz Rd. Carpentersville, 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 / 8900 W. North Ave. 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.

THE HUNGRY EYE OLD TOWN CHICAGO
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) 

JUDY'S JUNIORS TEENAGEW HALABALU OLD TOWN CHICAGO

 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.
victory rink roller
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.
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
Evergreen Theatres / 9730 S. Western Ave. Evergreen Park, IL.
rollerway skating rink north ave.

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

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