|Photo of Mark Lassman at Hollywood Kiddieland, Chicago, June 1960.|
|Photo by: Walter Rieger|
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-60s. Novelty 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.
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.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.