Kiddieland's farewell summer

Kiddieland's farewell summer

There are 60 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 11, 2009, titled Kiddieland's farewell summer. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Clouds hang low over Kiddieland. There's a 30 percent chance of rain. But 10:30 a.m. finds Mary Rynes -- pale, fine-boned and somehow immaculate in khakis and flip-flops -- rallying the troops at the food court.

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Lakeview Rick

Chicago, IL

#25 Jul 12, 2009
As far as Costco goes, I don't think that will happen. Costco has been eyeing a site in Norridge on Harlem where the Maurice Lennel plant and movie theatres were. That would be way too close together to put two Costco's. The Norridge site is ready to be demo'ed now, Kiddieland would take at least a year to prep the land and start construction. Plus Norridge is more centrally located and has easier access via public transportation.

Bolingbrook, IL

#26 Jul 12, 2009
It is all about money. I wonder if this is the brothers idea. The mother must be too old to party away any cash made from the land sale deal. I KNOW I would'nt do it. I own a recording studio and with so few musicians,(which I happen to also be professionally) and due to technology, only rap was prevelent enough to sustain my business. I could'nt do it. I tried, but could'nt stomach Crap. P.S. The C is silent. I moved my business home. They should ask what their dad would say. He'd FLIP!
too old

Springfield, IL

#27 Jul 12, 2009
It is their land to do with as they wish, but the idea that they would walk all over their family in the name of money is surely not something they learned from their father.

I still think it's selfish and sad.

As for Costco, who needs another big store like that? Like someone said, there is one in Oak Brook. Drive there and go there. It's not that far.

United States

#29 Jul 12, 2009
the city of melrose should buy the land and then lease it to Kiddieland...that way, everyone is happy.

but, i have a feeling melrose park can barely afford to keep on the street lights.

....i think the comment about the world becoming only a ME-ME-ME-ME-ME mentality is sadly true.

instant gratification has become an epidemic in really is scary because that is the nature of INFANTS...they want instant gratification now and are only concerned with themselves.

it seems American society is morphing everyone into big babies.
I smell a rat

South Elgin, IL

#30 Jul 12, 2009
I have a feeling that Kiddieland will not close and that the owners are using this for free press during this down economy. My prediction is that they magically resolve their differences around fall. Call me crazy....
Elmhurst Mom

Elmhurst, IL

#31 Jul 12, 2009
Lovely Melrose Park wrote:
Melrose Park is the big loser. A place with very little class will now have even less. the Come Back Inn is now a vacant lot. North Ave Roller Rink is now a car wash. Now Kiddieland folds so the greedy landowners can cash in on the land. True enough, the owners are not obligated to give a damm about the town or the people who live here, and they sure don't.
That's what too many long years of repuglicanism have left us with. Me-me-me-me-me-ME-ME-ME-ME--ri ght now and to hell with tomorrow, to hell with everyone else.
For some people, this world can't stink enough.
Tom Naples Fruit stand is now a parking lot.

Chicago, IL

#32 Jul 12, 2009
kiddie land should go-oh then they willhave another starbucks,subway,dunkin donuts,a cleaners and a 7eleven
ML1 Media

Clarendon Hills, IL

#33 Jul 12, 2009
"Tom Naples Fruit stand is now a parking lot"..........
and the go-cart track that was adjacent to Kiddieland (north) is a self storage/Locker place. The whole area was a veritable 'Entertainment Corridor'---before the Menards(which was the 'new' Polk Brothers), there were other cart tracks, batting cages, and other amsuements dotting the landscape. Times change....But an earlier poster was correct: WHERE are the numbers? What other details are there about the family 'faction' that are selling? Are they not making enough money in Rent -- do they want to sell the land now while they are still capable of spending it? What is the value/potential sale price of the land? Who else could buy it? Are there any zoning applications sitting at Melrose Park
Zoning offices? What about the County?

Oak Park, IL

#34 Jul 12, 2009
Is Costco really coming? Is the deal done? How much? 17 Acres seems a bit much for even a Costco. I know Sam's in Northlake will loose alot of business if that happens. Will Costco OWN or Lease the land ?
Melrose Puke

Mesa, AZ

#35 Jul 13, 2009
mommyofthree wrote:
kiddie land should go-oh then they willhave another starbucks,subway,dunkin donuts,a cleaners and a 7eleven
And six "Cricket" stores all in a row.

Los Angeles, CA

#37 Jul 13, 2009
fond memories

Naperville, IL

#38 Jul 13, 2009
I am saddened to see KiddieLand close. I have pictures (& memories) when I went there as a kid. Being able to take my kids there is such a blessing!
I hope the family running the park knows they have created & kept a wonderful memory maker for thousands of families.
too bad the all-mighty dollar has taken it's toll again... like there's not enough retail, etc. on North ave... God bless

Springfield, IL

#39 Jul 13, 2009
I've been taking my kids there for the past few years. I always tear up when I see them on the same rides I enjoyed as a kid in the 1970s. Of all the businesses from my youth that I've seen close down over the years, this one is going to hurt the most?

Warrenville, IL

#40 Jul 13, 2009
Anthony Bordain recently did a show on old-time restaurants left in NYC. His advice on their survival: make sure you own the building. Too bad the managers of Kiddieland don't own the land. If they did, they could tell the developers to take a flying leap.

Milwaukee, WI

#42 Jul 13, 2009
To those who acknowledge that this is "their land," I agree. However, shouldn't ownership and freedom come with a sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute something to the common good? The bottom line has once again replaced anything that fosters healthy culture.

Franklin Park, IL

#43 Jul 13, 2009
This is so sad. I have been taking my daughter to Kiddieland for the last 2 years. She is 4 now and this has been the 1st year she rode the Roller Coaster and loved it! It's so hard to explain that this is the last year Kiddieland will be open. Her Dad came to Kiddieland when he was her age as well. What a HUGE loss for our kids and ourselves. I love coming here as it makes me feel like a kid again. The workers are absolutely fantastic- I have been to Kiddieland many times in the last 2 years and I can't say enough good things about how this park is run! Kudos to the park owners and We will miss you!!!!!

Springfield, IL

#44 Jul 13, 2009
who cares wrote:
No one goes there anymore it is full of blacks and mexicans. Very unsafe
There are few things in the world as worthless as racial hatred. I regularly take my two white children to Kiddieland with their African-American and Mexican friends and we all have a wonderful time.
Cheep Fly

Elk Grove Village, IL

#45 Jul 13, 2009
We took my little sister there when she was 3 years old and she loved it. She is now 33 years old. I told her that Kiddieland was closing she felt bad. My husband grew up down the road from Kiddieland he said it's sad because so many people took children there for many generations and everyone always had fun.

There are not very many places that you can take younger children to that's not to expensive not to mention dangerous. It was sad when Santa's Village in Elgin closed, because my sister and I had our Birthday party there when we were 10 & 11, my Mom and Dad took all the neighborhood kids there. It was so much fun. There will never be another place like Santa's Village and Kiddieland again, it's all about profit & loss.
Money makes people crazy!!!!!!

New York, NY

#46 Jul 13, 2009
John wrote:
Number 17 - way to bring politics into a story about Kiddieland! This just wouldn't have happened during the Clinton years...
You're just another misguided Clinton groupie. Remember he's the guy who couldn't quite get the definition of "IS"! He's the guy who couldn't keep his tool in his trousers. You're worshiping a degenerate womanizing slob.
Lakeview Rick

Chicago, IL

#47 Jul 13, 2009
Nighttrain wrote:
<quoted text>
You're just another misguided Clinton groupie. Remember he's the guy who couldn't quite get the definition of "IS"! He's the guy who couldn't keep his tool in his trousers. You're worshiping a degenerate womanizing slob.
Kiddieland folks,let's remember Kiddieland, enough of the political BS.

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