Chicago's Kiddieland in jeopardy over family feud

Posted Thursday, June 8, 2006 9:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Whether Kiddieland still will be in business for future generations could depend on the outcome of a dispute between members of the family that owns the amusement park and the land it occupies. Both sides accuse the other of wanting to sell the property on the northwest corner of 1st Avenue and North Avenue to developers, and the battle has spilled into the courtroom. Whatever the legal outcome, the lease for Kiddieland, which grew from a simple pony ride in 1929, expires at the end of 2009.

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Thursday, June 8, 2006 2:46 PM
rollergator's avatar The incredible sad irony of a place built FOR kids and families is being torn apart by family members acting like kids... :(
Friday, June 9, 2006 9:14 AM
I'm thinking the kids that enjoy the park are a bit more mature at this point!
Saturday, June 10, 2006 8:52 PM
Looks like SFGAm will be the only amusement park in the Chicago area if this s*it keeps happening.
Saturday, June 17, 2006 11:52 PM
WOW that stinks. I remember going to Kiddieland with my grandma in 1966. I was 5 year old and first discovered that I love rollercoasters. Next thing you know, Gene's and Jude's will be feuding and close down :-(

Greed wrecks everything!!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2007 4:10 AM
Now being a former employee to the park I was privy to some information abou this, first off, the owners of the park were approached to sell the land, they were simply asked if they would like to, nothing more, while the owners of the land were approached by the same company and were talking to the company about selling the land. The court debate has very little to do with the selling of the land. As a response to some other coments the owners of the park are actually acting quite mature on this matter, by staying out of the debate and letting the other side simply spout out nonsense about why the park should be closed. For example, in 2004 the court case over Kiddieland was concerning the fireworks that Kiddieland had to celebrate holidays in past years, the owners of the land claimed that they had no idea the park launched fireworks and tried to say that it violated the lease on the land. So please, before you make comments on things like this make sure you know all the facts.

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