How many of these do your remember?

If you are like me, you are looking forward to the inaugural Rockford Town Fair, July 6 -10 at the Rockford Speedway.

I am excited about this event, because it reminds me of some of my best summer memories of all time when I was a kid. I will always remember when my parents took me to an amusement park. Going on the roller coasters, tilt-a-whirl and touring the fun house was the highlight of my summer.

Sure, Great America is awesome, riding on the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier is cool and offers great scenery, and Magic Waters is 'splash-tacular', but the amusement parks you visited as a child will forever be cherished.

If you lived in Illinois in the 1960's -1990's you might remember these, gone, but not forgotten amusement parks.

1. Riverview Park Amusement Park in Chicago: This park was located at Belmont Avenue near Lane Tech High School and was open from 1904-1967. This park was most famous for the Bob's Roller Coaster.


2. Adventureland: This amusement park in Addision, IL this was my favorite growing up. The park was open from 1961 to 1977. I loved riding on the Super Himalaya .


 3. Shireland Dragonwood: Located the Northwest suburbs of Chicago in the late 1980's through the early 90's. According to the Chicago Tribune the park brought to life

Fire breathing dragons, knights in shining armor, medicine men and wizards


Watch out for the "dragon" at (0:55)


 4. Old Chicago Indoor Amusement Park in Bowlingbrook. It was billed as the world's first indoor amusement park. According to Wikipedia , Old Chicago was:

A combination shopping mall and indoor amusement park that existed in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Illinois, from 1975 until 1980. It was billed as "The world's first indoor amusement park"

How many of these places did you or your parents visit? Great memories!

We are looking forward to many more fond memories, at the Inagural Rockford Town Fair, presented by Swedish American, a division of UW Health; will start July 6 at the Rockford Speedway.

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