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Elmhurst History Museum

  1. Lost Amusement Parks of Chicagoland

    July 18, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    What is your very first amusement park memory? Whether it was riding the Bobs and Pair-O-Chutes at Riverview or the Little Dipper at Kiddieland, iconic Chicagoland amusement parks wind their way through our childhoods. Join Craig Burda, Director of the National Amusement Park Historical Association; archivist Jim Abbate; and photographer Bruce Cassi as they share slides and stories from several Chicagoland parks of yesteryear. Registration required: Online at (Adult Programs section) or call 630-530-6879 Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst More info: or 630-833-1457

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  2. Museum Maker Monday: Moon Landing Anniversary

    July 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Parents, don’t let the summer boredom blues set in! Drop in at the Elmhurst History Museum on a traditionally-closed day for fun activities. This week we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Moon Landing. Kids and caregivers can play games, complete a craft, and picnic on the grounds weather permitting. Crafts available while supplies last. Drop-in program appropriate for elementary age children accompanied by an adult, no registration required.

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  1. Worlds of Wonder: Remembering Chicagoland's Amusement Parks

    May 11, 2019, 1:00 PM - August 18, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Chicago has had its share of jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring amusement parks, from the rotations of the first Ferris wheel at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to the ups-and-downs of The Bobs at Riverview. Celebrate Chicago’s favorite destinations for fun and thrills, from early trolley parks to suburban attractions like Kiddieland, Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom and others. Learn about the signature rides and iconic venues through rare photos, video, memorabilia, ads and more.

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