Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hollywood Kiddieland on McCormick Boulevard and Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. (1949-1974)

“Hollywood Kiddieland” was an amusement park located in the area we now know as “Lincoln Village,” which was on the Southeast side of McCormick Boulevard and Devon Avenue. 
Main Entrance.
Pony Rides
Edward "Buddy" Louis Klatzco’s parents, Louis & Mrs. Klatzco, and brother, Richard, opened Hollywood Kiddieland in 1949. When Buddy returned home, after serving in the Army during the Korean War, he started Hollywood Miniature Golf next to Hollywood Kiddieland, and added batting cages in 1966.



In 1955, the five Acciari brothers bought Hollywood Kiddieland from the Klazcos. Their purchase included 18 rides and the concession stands.

Photo by: Walter Rieger




Swingin' Gym





They added an arcade for the 1958 season. The Klazco family kept title of the land, plus the batting cages and miniature golf course.
The Klatzco family bought Novelty Golf and Games, in Lincolnwood in the mid-60sNovelty has two miniature golf courses and a 19th hole, which was like a pinball game where you would shoot your golf ball and win a free round of golf if the ball went into the hole in the center. The game room was packed full of pinball machines and later, video games, but it was a little on the small size. In later years, they built batting cages.
In the late 60s, Hollywood Kiddieland ride tickets cost 20¢ each or six for a dollar. At the opening of the season, Kiddieland offered free tickets in exchange for the cardboard caps from glass milk bottles. Mothers all over West Ridge, Rogers Park and surrounding communities saved bottle caps over the winter. Opening day saw record crowds of kids and their moms lining up at the ticket booths with their “pot-o-gold” ─ large bulging bags of milk bottle caps.

There were a couple of food concession stands and a small Souvenir Stand

As many other Chicagoland "Kiddie Parks," Hollywood Kiddieland had a fire truck which was used to pick up birthday party guests at their homes and deliver them to the amusement park. When the truck wasn't picking up party goers, it was used as a ride in the park. 



The Klatzco family closed Hollywood Kiddieland, the batting cages and the miniature golf course in 1975, but continued to run Novelty Golf and Games (still open at the Northwest corner of Devon and Lincoln Avenues in Lincolnwood, Illinois), where Buddy Klatzco was co-owner.

After the 25 year property lease expired in 1974, Hollywood Kiddieland was sold.
Visit our Souvenir Shop on your way out.

21 comments:

  1. I would love to know more about that area during that time period. I lived in Chicago all my life on the Northside and frequently pass through there. My earliest memories is of the theatres and the Zayre across the street. I never know about Kiddieland. I just moved to Arizona a year ago and i miss everything about the Northside of Chicago and the Northern burbs. I wish i knew more resources to see pics of the area from back then.

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  2. I went on a ride here called "the wild mouse" it was a rollercoaster that you sat in a boxlike car...when the car came to the edge of a section it did a very sharp right turn,,it made you feel like the cart would go flying right off the track instead of the turn..I was 5 and It scared the crap out of me,lol when I came off,my mom said omg! I was white as a ghost...still to this day,I never go on a roller coaster because of that memory..lol

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    1. The Wild Mouse in the Riverview Amusement Park on Western and Belmont and it was an amazing roller coaster.


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    2. And I remember how bang up my knees got in those turns.

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    3. The "Wild Mouse was also at "Fun Fair" in Skokie. It was on the South west corner at Golf Rd. and Skokie Blvd.

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    4. The history of Fun Fair in Skokie, Illinois. http://drloihjournal.blogspot.com/2017/01/fun-fair-amusement-park-skokie-illinois.html

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    5. Hollywood Kiddieland did not have the Wild Mouse roller coaster. The roller coaster was much smaller - for little kids. You can see some of the tracks in a picture above.

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  3. I worked there in the late 60's. My boss was Geoff Accairi. Those were some of my best memories from my early teenage years!

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    1. I remember him. He also had juke boxes in our restaurant Burts. He was the nicest man and good to all the children

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  4. Thank you for creating this walk down memory lane.

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  5. lovev to see the pictures
    great times and memories

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  6. Hey! That's me in the picture of the little blue car with the yellow car in the background! It was taken back in 1972 or '73. I remember absolutely loving that ride.

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  7. My Dad took me and my youngest sister and brother there on weekends. I think it was '73 and '74....just before they closed. We always had a good time. I had a childhood crush on the guy running the roller coaster. Went on that ride several times....lol

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  8. Thank-you for sharing a sweet piece of my childhood. My brother and I grew up on Kedzie and Devon so Kiddieland was a part of our lives. I remember how lucky we felt living across the street from Thillens Stadium and just a block away from Kiddieland. The only rides I have ever been on were those wonderful rides at Kiddieland. How sad that it had to sold as that location has never thrived as it had when Kiddieland was there. It was a special place for Baby Boomer kids to be kids. Precious memories... Thank-you.

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  9. Had many a birthday party there. Loved being picked up by the fire truck! Fond memories indeed.

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  10. These pictures are great. Though I am looking for a picture of the whole roller coaster. Does anybody have one?

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  11. My mom once got us pony rides from Kiddyland for our birthday. We rode in the alley behind our apartment! We were so cool!Great memories happy times! Awesome pictures!Thanks

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  12. Dropped lots of quarters at those batting cages. Such a sweet trip down memory lane. Thanks!

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  13. So much fun! Great memories at KiddyLand! Thanks~

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  14. I also worked there for 2 seasons. I think it was '60 & '61. A friend sent me a link to this wonderful trip down memory lane because he knew I worked there. The only Acciari I remember is Jeff. There was also Ray Angelini (spel?). He was around there a lot too. I thought he was an owner too, maybe not. I think the guy in the white t-shirt in the concession stand pic is Manuel. I think he was Cuban and like a foreman, a good guy who watched over us kids. When I was there a guy named Max owned the ferris wheel and the tilt-a-whirl. He supplied his own operators, guys who could best be described as real "carnis". One had a tattoo right in the middle of his forehead. These guys were a source of "education" to a bunch of green high school kids. Some of the rides shown in the pics weren't there when I was and I ran many of the ones shown.The train engine was yellow back then too. Get this: starting pay was .90 an hour but I enjoyed every minute there, never a dull moment! Such pleasant memories!
    Pete

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