Oakbrook Terrace water slides had good ride in 1980s

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I remember being 10 years old and so excited when a friend called with the invitation.

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Rex the Dog

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Jul 10, 2009
 
Mike wrote:
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Part of the magic of these stories is that they spark your memory, and pictures really aren't needed. Anyone who went to this place back in the day probably had such a blast that their visions are still firmly ingrained in their memories.
Thanks for writing this column!
totally agree Mike. I don't need the visual, as my own memories keep me laughing.
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#22
Jul 10, 2009
 
I loved that place. It was always a long run back to the top of the hill.
Chris

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#23
Jul 10, 2009
 
I was dating an OBT cop in 1989 who spent hours doing the forensics on the body of an elderly man with dementia who wandered up to that hill somehow over winter. He was found in the spring when the snow cleared. Perfect if this is a haunted water slide!
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#24
Jul 10, 2009
 
I can remember the long lines to go down the slides. Our kids loved the place.
Ree Kavok

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Jul 10, 2009
 
Mike wrote:
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Part of the magic of these stories is that they spark your memory, and pictures really aren't needed. Anyone who went to this place back in the day probably had such a blast that their visions are still firmly ingrained in their memories.
Thanks for writing this column!
Not everyone has a photographic memory like you. Ever hear the phrase "One picture is worth a thousand words"?

Christopher is right.

I know I drove by that place dozens of times, but I can't for the life of me remember what it looks like. I'd sure like to see a picture.

(Truth is, if the Trib had one, it might have used it).
Arlington

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#26
Jul 10, 2009
 
Here are the remnants of it:
http://maps.google.com/maps...
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#27
Jul 10, 2009
 
I love this story. I never went to the "flame", but I do have fond memories of the Crestwood waterslides. They were very simple, two concrete tubes shooting into a small pool at the end. They were great though, you would end up bruised and scratched up pretty good after a day at the slides. So much fun! If you made friends with the workers, they would let you build up the water a little higher at the top of the slide and give you a pretty wild ride. I remember being half over the lip on one of the turns.
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Jul 10, 2009
 
Mike wrote:
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Part of the magic of these stories is that they spark your memory, and pictures really aren't needed. Anyone who went to this place back in the day probably had such a blast that their visions are still firmly ingrained in their memories.
Thanks for writing this column!
A picture might be fun, but it might also poke a hole in the memories you have. Going to this slide as a kid I pictured it to be huge. Looking back at a picture as an adult, I would probably say,'I thought it was taller.'
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Jul 10, 2009
 
Everyone knew that was a hill of garbage...

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#30
Jul 10, 2009
 
I remember this slide as well. The story does bring back lots of memories. Like others have said, I do remember getting banged up a bit going down the slides but it sure was fun.

I wish they could have kept it open for a while longer.
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Jul 10, 2009
 
JEP wrote:
Wasn't there a couple more slides than just the two? I have vague memories of going to a water park in the mid 80's and there being a couple of slides on a hill. I had completely forgotten the place until I went to Elmhurst College and while driving down Route 83 I saw the remnants of the slides among the tres and thinking "I've been there, I think." Now I'm going to have to ask my parents since I remember there being more than just two slides.
If you mean off of Cicero/Rt. 50 (which apparently is Rt. 83 as well, go figure) just south of 294 off the CalSag River in Crestwood, yes, there was indeed a slide there as well. It was a fantastic slide, one of the longest rides ever, I believe something in the neighborhood of almost 1/2 a mile ever after you take in the turns.
It was a great place--two runs, slightly different, side by-side, and they had a small arcade inside. They had foam mats that really let you pick up some speed, although their pool at the bottom could have stood to be a little bigger--many a time I came close enough that I could tap the back of the wall after reaching the bottom of the flume.
The best part though with the two runs was racing to the bottom against a friend. They also let you go down in pairs, which really let you take advantage of the banks and turns, really taking the banked walls like a bobsled run.
Sadly, this too shut down at some unknown time. I'd love to know why. Maybe "the lawyers" got 'em too.
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#32
Jul 10, 2009
 
The Flame was a great restaurant reportedly burned down by the mob. The remains of the building after the fire were there for years. A friend of mine worked at the water slide when it first opened. He fell and hit his head, told the people in charge - they told him to shake it off - he ended up having brain surgery. Hope he sued for lots of money. Everyone who lived in the area knew it was a garbage hill. There was talk for years of turning it into a ski hill. It was Dispensa's Kiddy Kingdom. There was also Dispensa's Toy Store. That land was sold to build Oakbrook Towers.
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#33
Jul 10, 2009
 
One of the reasons that Crestwood shut down was because it was built on Sanitary District propoerty, without the permission of the Sanitary District. The hill is now being dismantled. I believe it was another Chester Stranczyk deal gown bad.
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Jul 10, 2009
 
We need an edit command, I meant property, and gone.
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Jul 10, 2009
 
Michael wrote:
The potential for bodily injury always makes just about any recreational activity that much more fun. If I recall correctly, the foam bumps weren't installed until later on and slowed the ride down considerably. Prior to them the slide was pretty fast. If you were skilled enough at pumping through the turns you could launch yourself above the lip. I wish someone would renovate and reopen that place. Chicago needs at least one old school, cement waterslide.
As nice of an idea as that is, it would never fly in todays litigious society. Every yuppie and yuppie wanna be will sue when their kid gets a little scrape on their knee for emotional damages.
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#36
Jul 10, 2009
 
Mt. Trashmore is in Evanston folks.
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#37
Jul 10, 2009
 
I bet the waterslides in crestwood were full of toxic water and I remember going on them all the time. Oh great.
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#38
Jul 10, 2009
 
Evanstonia wrote:
Mt. Trashmore is in Evanston folks.
Mt. Trashmore is in Warrenville!!!

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"Warrenville continued to be a center for recreational activities into the late twentieth century. In the 1970s Mount Hoy, nicknamed Mount Trashmore, was created by combining refuse and soil into a hill that became popular for tubing. Blackwell Forest Preserve, a popular recreational area, excavated land to create Silver Lake in 1977. The remains of the Warrenville Mammoth were discovered in the site of the lake."

Seriously, how many old landfills do you think go by the name Mt. Trashmore? They probably number in the hundreds
Conservatives cant read

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#39
Jul 10, 2009
 
Although, the Evanston Mt. Trashmore has made wikipedia and the Warrenville one has not. So Evanston may or may not have a stronger claim than Warrenville.

According to Wikipedia:

Mount Trashmore can refer to:

McClellan Park, formerly a landfill site, now a park in Kitchener, Ontario
Mount Trashmore Park, a park in Virginia Beach
Mount Trashmore, a landfill site, now part of James Park in Evanston, Illinois
A landfill in Fairfax County, Virginia,
A landfill in Miami-Dade County, Florida
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#40
Jul 10, 2009
 
They were not 800 feet high.

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