Date: March 06, 2013 10:07PM
My family lived near Roscoe and Oakley (in what is now the trendy Roscoe Village) from about 1954 to 1963 so we were only about 3 blocks from the main entrance to Riverview. Quite a few of the people in the neighborhood worked there and did quite well, as I recall.
The rides...memorable. Rollercoasters: the Silver Flash, the Fireball, the Comet, the Wild Mouse, and the legendary Bobs. Then, there were rides from older times: the Caterpillar, the Whip, the Tunnel of Love, the Chutes, and the Merry go Round. The amusements: the Freak Show, the African Dip described in the previous post, the Fascination casino, the live monkeys riding the little mechanical horses.
I can still see it with the cheesy lighting, I can smell the popcorn and the foulness of the river, and I can still hear the cheesy music, the clanking of the roller coasters, the screams of the riders on the first hill of the Flash... has it really been gone 46 years this year?