I just watched the movie [u]Fearless Frank[/u] (filmed in 1967 Chicago, and currently streaming on Netflix) and I was surprised to see a fight scene set at the top of a wooden roller coaster at Riverview--presumably it was [i]"Bobs, the fear-inducing wooden roller coaster that was almost 90 feet high and reached speeds of 50 miles an hour."[/i]
I should point out that the movie is very silly/terrible, but the roller coaster scene almost made it worth it.
Excellent. That second screen grab is looking west towards the corner of Belmont and Washtenaw...the church in the background is Concordia Ev. Lutheran, and the yellow-brick building on the right is the old Bally Pinball Co. factory.
Two cent days and five cent nights! I remember them well.
Some of the attractions I remember:
Alladin's Castle and another fun house whose name I don't recall.
Roller Coasters: The Bobs, Flying Turns, Silver Flash, Comet and the Greyhoound.
I collect antique postcards of Chicago. I have one of Riverview Park postmarked 1914 and it actually shows lawns sloping down to the river. BTW if you go to E-Bay and search "chicago postcards" several thousand of them will come up---you can spend hours looking at Chicago of yesteryear. They often have them showing various attractions at Riverview Park (as well as of everything else). Enjoy.