About this event:
WHAT: Chicago’s fabled Riverview Park closed in 1967 and this event celebrates (or mourns) the 50th anniversary of its closing. The amusement park at the corner of Belmont and Western was famous for its roller coaster the Bobs, the Shoot the Chutes water ride, Aladdin’s Castle, and Pair-o-Chutes, the parachute drop. Links Hall is one block south of the former Riverview location.
SO WHAT: Speakers will be Riverview historians Derek Gee and Ralph Lopez, with a slide presentation on Riverview history. Film maker Phil Ranstrom will discuss his documentary I Remember Riverview, produced for WTTW’s Image Union. DJ Douglas Freedman of the Killer Diller Record Hop will spin dusties from the 1950s and ’60s. Riverview memorabilia will be on display. Jerry Kasper will exhibit his “Shoot The Chutes” display, available for purchase. Other features will be raffles, food, drinks, music and a special guided tour of the Riverview Park area as it is today.