On March 17, 1980 it was all over for Old Chicago.
Soon after there was little left of the Old Chicago Fairgrounds.
All of the rides were auctioned off and all that was left, besides the fiberglass
acoustic squares that were hung from the ceiling to reduce Old Chicago's
noise problem, was a big empty space where so many great memories were made.
In the center of this photo is all that was left of the Old Chicago Log
Race. They took everything ,even its tunnel. In the distance
behind the Log Race is the platform that housed the Old Chicago Fun Factory.
To the right of that are the ramps that took you from the mall down into
The Chicago Loop ended up going to the Alabama State Fairgrounds
before it finally ended up at Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire where it
is now known as the Canobie Cannonball. The Log Flume was sold to
Fair Park in Dallas, TX. The rest of the rides ended up at various
parks and traveling fairs.
After the Fairgrounds closed the few remaining stores were moved up to
the front of the building but Illinois Central Industries decided to shutter
Old Chicago ending it all in August of 1982
Alone, without the crowds passing between them Old Chicago's lions stood
guard over what was left of a dream.
Years passed by, various plans were proposed but eventually nothing came
out of them. Here is a shot of the mall sometime shortly before the
I'm not sure what this pre-demolition photo is of? Maybe it was
the remains of the Windy City Disco Movement or the Columbian House Restaurant.
Eventually, just like the Fairgrounds the vultures set upon the mall
stripping everything out of it the only thing left to do after all of the
plans evaporated and no one else cared to invest in the dream that was Old
Chicago it was time for it all to end.
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