Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Links to Articles about Chicago and Suburbs Defunct Amusement Parks in the Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal™

I miss all the great amusement parks, now defunct, from my childhood. Of course, most of us are not old enough to remember most of these great parks. You may share, by multiple methods, any of the amusement park articles you wish by using the links (in the yellow section) at the bottom of each article. 

I hope you enjoy your trip down memory lane.

Chicago parks are first, then the suburban amusement are listed in opening date order. 


Sharpshooter Park (pre-Riverview Park) in Chicago, Illinois. (1879-1903)

Ferris Wheel Park at 1288 North Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois. (1896-1903) 

Electric Park Amusements, Chicago, Illinois (1895-1901)

Sans Souci Amusement Park, 6000 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. (1899-1913)

Riverview (Amusement) Park, Chicago, Illinois. (1904-1967) 

White City Amusement Park, 63rd Street and South Parkway (Martin Luther King Dr.), Chicago, Illinois. (1905-1933) 

Chateau De La Plaisance Amusement Park, Chicago, Illinois. (1907-1910) 

Luna (Amusement) Park, Halsted and 52nd Streets, Chicago, Illinois. (1907-1911)

Olson (Rug) Memorial Park and Waterfall, Chicago, Illinois. (1935-1978)

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

KiddyTown Amusement Park (1950-1967) / FunTown Amusement Park (1967-1982) on 95th and Stony Island in Chicago, Illinois.


Electric (Amusement) Park, Kankakee, Illinois. (1894-1934)

Fort Sheridan Amusement Park in Highwood, Illinois. (1898-1908)

Electric Park (Amusement Park) in Plainfield, Illinois. (1904-1932) 

Hawthorn-Mellody Farms & Amusement Park, Libertyville, Illinois. (1907-1970)

Forest Park Amusement Park on Desplaines Avenue & West Harrison Street in Forest Park, Illinois. (1908-1922)

Kiddieland in Melrose Park, Illinois. (1929-2009) 

Kiddieville (Amusement Park), Niles, Illinois. (c.1936-c.1966)

Fairyland [Amusement] Park at Harlem Avenue and 40th Street in Lyons, Illinois. (1938-1977) 

Green Oaks Kiddyland, 95th Street and Crawford Avenue (now Pulaski Road), Oak Lawn, Illinois. (1946-1971)

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

Jo-Jo Kiddie Land Amusement Park, Chicago Heights, Illinois (1950-early 60s) 

Playland Amusement Park at 79th Street and La Grange Road, Willow Springs (now Justice), Illinois. (1950-1979)

Hillcrest (Amusement) Park in Lemont, Illinois. (1952-2003)

Paul's Grove ─►Storybook Park ─►Storybook City USA, Addison, Illinois. (1952-1961) 

Kiddy Town Amusement Park, Norridge, Illinois. (1953-1964)

Deer Haven Kiddie Park, Fox Lake, Illinois (1960-1967) 

Adventureland (Amusement Park) in Bloomingdale, Illinois (Addison). (1961-1977)

Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom (Amusement Park) on Routes 83 and 38, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. (1975-1984) 

Old Chicago Amusement Park in Bolingbrook, Illinois. (1975-1981)

All amusement park research by Neil Gale, Ph.D.  

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