Saturday, May 13, 2006

Santa's Village - closing?

It's been many years since I've visited Santa's Village. I'm not exactly the correct demographic. It's one of those places, though, that just about every kid who grew up in Chicago's northwest suburbs visited at some point. In my experience, people who didn't grow up here often react to the idea of Santa's Village with a "huh-what-the?"

Regardless, I have some fond memories there, and I was sad to read in the Chicago Tribune (Santa's Village has stocking filled with IOUs) that the place won't be opening this weekend.

Addendum May 15: The Tribune article notes that Santa's Village and Kiddieland are the last two of the old-time amusement parks in the Chicago area.

In the mid-1960s, the Chicago area boasted as many as 30 parks, according to the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Today, Kiddieland in Melrose Park is the only survivor.

It looks like Kiddieland may not be far behind Santa's Village. A Sun-Times article Adult squabble may doom Kiddieland reports that the park may only have a few years left.

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