Scary Gary (7/24/09)

07-24-09 (Scary Gary)

It’s been my experience that old amusement parks don’t die, they get razed and turned into shopping malls. At least that’s what happened to Riverview, an amusement park that operated on the northwest side of Chicago from the early 1900s to the late 1960s. Riverview was long gone by the time I was born, but my mom’s family grew up not far from the festivities. They have fond memories of the place, although I have a hard time believing that roller coasters and carnival games ever thrived on land that now houses a police station, a Toys R’ Us and the DeVry Institute of Technology.

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