At least there’s one small Chicag0-area theme park that hasn’t been bulldozed, at least not yet. That being said, this paragraph makes me sad, even if it doesn’t include Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom, another local favorite that was a staple of my childhood.

Wenz, now 49, knew that story line from the Chicago area alone: Riverview Park, its memory guarded like an heirloom in Chicago, is now a shopping mall, police station and college campus south of Lane Tech High School. Adventureland, in present-day Bloomingdale, now hosts the Scottish Rite Cathedral, a headquarters building for Freemasons. Kiddieland, in Melrose Park, held on longer than the others, but not long enough to avoid turning into a Costco.