Kiddieland

Kiddieland, a family-run amusement park on Chicago’s West Side, closed it gates for the last time on September 27th, 2009. After opening in 1929, it operated for a total of 81 years. The last of Chicagoland’s permanent small box amusement parks. It will be greatly missed. The parents of one of my friends rode the Polyp on their first date. The Polyp, for those of you who have never been to Kiddieland, is a green octopus type ride, with faces painted on the front of each car. If you have an interesting story, please leave a comment.

Chicago Fact: giant hot dog statues on rooftops sell a lot of frankfurters
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Not the world’s largest roller coaster, in some ways more scary
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Make a b-line for the rocket. No one wants the bikes.
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A Moser Rides drop tower
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Oh, the swings! Such joy!
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The elation of a bumper car collision
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Who dares to ride the Polyp?
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Get more vertical, on the Saucers:
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Stroller jam in the concession area:
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The thrill of cotton candy, the agony of defeat:
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All the way up the cargo nets:
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…and back down the shoot to ground level:
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Special thanks to my niece Piper, and to Tony’s nieces too…