Whatever happened to ... Old Chicago ...

Whatever happened to ... Old Chicago mall in Bolingbrook?

There are 90 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 12, 2009, titled Whatever happened to ... Old Chicago mall in Bolingbrook?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

It was an amusement park that was supposed to put Bolingbrook on the map. Instead the Old Chicago mega-mall and amusement park went bankrupt a year after it opened in 1975, closed in 1980 and was demolished six ...

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San Juan, Philippines

#87 Aug 28, 2011
Old Chicago brings back memories. Grew up in the Romeoville area. I used to work there back then when I was in school

Jupiter, FL

#88 Oct 15, 2012
John wrote:
Ramones concert, October 20, 1979, now that's a great memory!
I wasn't sure if I saw them there. But now I do. I think I remember thinking WTF... I wish I remember more of it...

Chandler, AZ

#89 Dec 5, 2012
I went there once, can't remember how old I was... It was very sad, lonely, deserted. A few lame shops, and some rides that were lackluster... I remembered thinking (even at that young tender age) that it would soon be closed. Eas creepe

Naperville, IL

#91 Jan 20, 2013
Pick up a copy of the movie "The Fury" with Kirk Douglas. A major scene was filmed in the amusement park area.
jewhovahs wetness

Westmont, IL

#92 Jan 20, 2013
parkman wrote:
They had three major problems. First in order to save on real estate costs, they build the thing in what at the time was the very distant boonies. It seemed to take forever to get there. Second problem was that they ran out of money and the amusement park opened as essentially a big cement and steel box with a bunch of rides. Not a very pleasant atmosphere and after that first visit my parents did not want to return. Finally, the mall was build to accomodate specialty stores, not large anchors. There was really never any reason to go to the mall on a regular basis (although they did have the first food courts I had ever seen). Mall of America did the opposite of this, which is why they have been able to succeed.
But I remember what a sensation the Chicago Loop roller coaster was.
Also, in the late 70's the Jimmy Carter economy also helped kill this place in addition to the reasons you list.
It was geared towards kids and kids have no money to spend and who wants to go to the same carnival and ride the same rides weekend after weekend. It was doomed from the beginning, not a very long term concept. I think I went there two or three times and that was mopre than enough, got bored. I remember parents dropping off kids and leaving them there all day, cheap / free baby sitter and once again, with not much money so it wasn't like we were keeping the stores in business.

United States

#93 Jan 30, 2013
not the mexicans

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#94 Jan 30, 2013
gone wrote:
not the mexicans
They did their share also. Hey you post all over the place. Nice job on the M.P. Topix you flooded it under different names.
johnny rocket

Round Lake, IL

#95 Jun 30, 2014
it was a great place its to bad the place is gone when my ship comes in i am going to build the place again just not in boilingbrook a place now known for the place for convicted killer peterson its to bad it could have been a happy fun town now i think nothing or no one want anything to do with boilingbrook

Orange, CA

#96 Jul 1, 2014
Attended a few great concerts there....everyone from Blood, Sweat and Tears, to The Ramones and Commander Cody!

United States

#97 Jul 1, 2014
I saw Elvis there. I think it was around 1988. That place was rocking man! And I still had my sideburns, Jack.
I was rocking!

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