Old Chicago was a one of a kind attraction that was a before its time combination indoor shopping mall and amusement park that existed in Bolingbrook Illinois from 1975 through its untimely end in 1980.  Old Chicago, despite being a failure as a business, those who walked through its arched opening and worked their way into the Fairgrounds at the center of the building left with vivid memories that have lasted decades longer than Old Chicago itself.

Below you will find information about Old Chicago.  Starting in 2023 I am starting the process of rebuilding this section.  With at least ten times the material than when I first started this in 1999 there is so much more of Old Chicago's story to be told.  Check back periodically for updates.

Why Remember Old Chicago

Old Towne Mall - Old Chicago's Predecessor

Bringing Old Chicago to Life

Opening Old Chicago & The First Year

The Streets of Old Chicago - The Mall - Old Link

The Old Chicago Fairgrounds - Old Link

A Taste of Old Chicago - The Restaurants

Old Chicago Entertainers

Live at Old Chicago - Concerts - Old Link

Celebrity Appearances & Promotions at Old Chicago

Bankruptcy & A New Beginning

Proposed Copies of Old Chicago

Hollywood Comes To Old Chicago - Making of "The Fury"

Old Chicago Advertisements - Old Link

Old Chicago Press Releases

Old Chicago Mall Advertisements

Old Chicago Pamphlet - Old Link

Videos of Old Chicago - Old Link

Old Chicago Postcards - Old Link

Old Chicago Memorabilia

The Old Chicago Fairgrounds Map

Old Chicago Employee Manual - Old Link

The End of Old Chicago - Old Link

Proposed Uses For Old Chicago

The Demolition of Old Chicago - Old Link

Old Chicago Today - Old Link

The Timeline of Old Chicago - Old Link

Old Chicago In The Press

Memories of Old Chicago - Old Link - Second Link

If you have any memories, photos, video, memorabilia, or memories of Old Chicago that you'd like to add to this story of the park please email me.


Copyright 1999 - 2023

Paul B. Drabek