Whatever happened to ... the Chicagol...

Whatever happened to ... the Chicagoland version of 'Adventurel...

There are 16 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 23, 2009, titled Whatever happened to ... the Chicagoland version of 'Adventurel.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Vikki Ortiz What ever happened to... April 24, 2009 "Adventureland," the movie, may be new to cinemas, but Adventureland, the memories, has been filling my in-box for weeks.

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fconcerned

United States

#1 Apr 24, 2009
I also have fond memories, I just loved that place, I took 7 of neices and nephews there a couple of times a year. They loved the music and being able to dance on a kind of go go stage. They talk about it all the time. once in a while they say remember Adventureland we had such good times there. My kids got to go a few times but they were young when it closed so they don't remember it well. I really miss that place.
Scott

Dundee, IL

#2 Apr 24, 2009
Adventureland was my first job when I was 14 in 1968. I worked the batting cages and a number of games near the park entrance (race cars, tossing a basketball into a basket, knocking over the metal bottles, etc.). I have many fond memories of the park and my $1.00 and hour job.
Mike

Montgomery, AL

#3 Apr 24, 2009
Memories seem more fonder as time marches on. But Adventureland and Riverview were my favorite places to have fun in the 60's.
DebbieD

United States

#4 Apr 24, 2009
I remember SAYING (telling my Dad) that I was going to Adventureland but actually going to Old Town in the late 60's. But, the joke was on me because we got mugged.
Ray Lilja

United States

#5 Apr 24, 2009
While my friends were enjoying all the other rides, I stood in line for hours just to drive the Go-Karts.(and it was worth it!) I also remember clipping out the Free Popcorn coupon on the back of the weekly Chicago Tribune TV book.
Miss Macy

Plano, TX

#6 Apr 24, 2009
I remember Storybook Gardens more than Adventureland. And I definitely remember trips to Riverview with my mom and dad. It was already old and somewhat seedy by the time I was 10 years old (and was torn down not long afterwards) but my memory of the Chutes (I can still recite the recorded safety message), the Flying Turns and the Water Bug are indelible. Damn, I really miss being a kid!
Trish

Chicago, IL

#8 Apr 24, 2009
Adventure land & Enchanted Forest ads on the back of the Trib or Sun-Times TV guides were a rite of spring as much as Opening Day! Ahhh, and end of year field trips to Adventure Land and Enchanted Forest with my classes at St. John of God! Misty water colored memories!
Mike

Elmwood Park, IL

#9 Apr 24, 2009
I remember hearing a rumor shortly after Riverview closed down that Adventureland had bought some of the big roller coaster trains from Riverview with an eye toward re-creating the Bobs or Fireball there. What I actually saw at Adventureland was just the Fireball's ticket booth. What a disappointment!
AlphaMale

United States

#10 Apr 24, 2009
Adventureland was a 'cool' date for a high school kid because you had to have a car to get there from almost everywhere. Plus it was open late, and you got to hold onto your date while riding.

The only thing we learned over the years was to take your date out for pizza AFTER you rode the rides.

I learned that lesson the hard way. Thanks again, Linda - where ever you are.
Bruce

Dana Point, CA

#13 Apr 25, 2009
How weird and timely. I happened across this article as I was randomly doing some reseach on the Super Italian Bobs that I loved as a kid.

It is not everyday that you stumble across a one day old article while researching a tiny amusement park that has been defunct for over 30 years. Odd.

Did some research about a year ago and learned that the Super Italian Bobs has been in operation at three different parks since Adventureland. The old girl was last in operation at Blue Diamond Park in Delaware and called the Blue Diamond Streak. I emailed the park but never heard back.... the park was closed in 2007, which explains the lack of a reply. My idea was to take a road trip to Delaware for a ride and to relive the past for a day. I have no idea where the ride is. My fear is that it has been scraped.

Any information would be appreciated. The info I have was obtained by going to rcdb.com and typing Super Italian Bobs in the search field.
Bruce

Dana Point, CA

#14 Apr 25, 2009
The website link that I provided above has profiles on thousands and thousands of roller coasters across the world. I clicked on the link as a test and I was taken to what the website refers to as a "random" roller coaster..... yes, you guessed it, I was taken to the profile of the Blue Diamond Streak. Very very odd. I need to buy a lottery ticket.
Diane

United States

#15 May 20, 2009
My sisters and I were talking back and forth by email because i now live in Florida and it was mentioned that Kiddieland is closing in September and then we started talking about all the old parks we use to go to as kids...Riverview, Santa's Village, and then my sister mentioned Adventureland and I had to do a search and came upon this article...Thanks everyone for bringing back great memories
Tony

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jul 17, 2009
adventureland still exists!!! I mean, it's a forest. but the paths and some of the fencing and old things are still there. I explore the area often. Northwest corner of lake street and medinah road. but they're building something there soon. i need to hurry and document the place. anyone with any information on where rides were located would be appreciated.
Fred

Saint Louis, MO

#17 Apr 6, 2012
I worked there in 1976' i could draw a map from memory. Fun house front left, rock o plane and roll o plane in front middle, himalaya front right. Swings in the back left, ocopus middl ight. I always wanted to operte the train but never got to.
Christine

Palatine, IL

#18 May 28, 2014
I remember the ferris wheel and the whip mostly, my two favorite rides as a 7 year old kid. From the top of the ferris wheel, I remember seeing the dramatic arts mask(s) on top of a building. Anybody else remember that?
rnsue120767

Schaumburg, IL

#20 May 9, 2016
Tony wrote:
adventureland still exists!!! I mean, it's a forest. but the paths and some of the fencing and old things are still there. I explore the area often. Northwest corner of lake street and medinah road. but they're building something there soon. i need to hurry and document the place. anyone with any information on where rides were located would be appreciated.
Some of the rides went to a now defunct park in Africa, & Santa's Village got their carousel, & firetruck, & more, I believe. The 'Old Woman's Shoe' & a hippo head is in Roselle on Lake St. at a mini-golf place (don't know if that's still open, but was as of acouple yr.s ago.

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