The Chicagoans' Fun Place

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    Riverview Park. An Amusement Park unequalled during it's time. As a kid, my Dad would take us there grudgingly once a year. As a teen, I frequented it more often, with a friend or two. I have a video which tells it's history, kind of long, 27 minutes, but reveals facts I never knew. Material gathered over many years by a man who spent much time photographing it, filming it, documenting it.




    The second, which seems silent, names the guy I mentioned, Polish name, even I am lost pronouncing it! Shows the rides fairly clearly.

     
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    I didn't look at the videos yet but it was my favorite amusement park.

    As a child I didn't live in Chicago but my grandparents did and every summer when I visited we'd go there....what a treat!!

    One ride I never went on but loved to watch was the Parachute...do you remember that one @Frank Sanoica?

    Looked so scary....
     
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    @Chrissy Cross

    Yes, of course! The tower of it was visible for miles! My sister went on it once; she said, never again, a terrific, back-wrenching crunch when it bottomed-out after the free-fall. They had huge springs at the bottom which absorbed the energy; however, I think they allowed two at a time to ride.

    A number of times on the news over the years, they showed an unfortunate couple or individual, stuck at the top, while the Fire Department endeavored to get them down!
    Frank
     
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    Been there many times!! Went to high school next door Lane Tech..
     
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    At one point we lived very near Lane Tech for about a year.

    Unless I'm remembering wrong but wasn't that fairly close to WGN studios?
     
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    I believe so..
     
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