1929 Kiddieland in Chicago

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1929 Kiddieland in Chicago

Postby nichols » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:11 am


1929 Amusement Park Closes
By Margaret Foster | Online Only | Oct. 8, 2009

The Tilt-A-Whirl has stopped spinning, and the carousel has come to a halt. Kiddieland, a Chicago-area amusement park, closed this fall after 80 years.

"It was bittersweet, especially when it started to get dark," says Vickie Perkins, who grew up near Kiddieland and brought her five-year-old daughter there on Sept. 27, its last day open to the public. "It sounds crazy to cry over a park, but it's not just a park; it has always been there, and it's something you can count on."

German immigrant Art Fritz founded Kiddieland in 1929 in Melrose Park, Ill., with just six ponies, and it eventually expanded to more than 30 rides. This May, Fritz's descendants who operate the park announced that Kiddieland would shut down because Fritz's daughter, Shirley Rynes, who owns the 17 acres with her son, Glenn, did not extend their lease. (Landowner Glenn Rynes of Lake Forest-based Rynes Development, Inc., did not return phone calls from Preservation.)

Kiddieland's 27 rides, including a 1950s German carousel and roller coaster, are now for sale...

http://www.preservationnation.org/magaz ... loses.html

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Postby googieagog » Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:50 pm

The very best rides were the old trains -- a steam-powered streamliner and a straight-eight powered faux electric diesel; the flash-gordon spaceships; and the metallic flake gelcoated '60s flying saucers. There's talk a water park owner in Utica IL near Starved Rock State Park might buy everything, neon sign and all, and recreate Kiddieland there.

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