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oakbrook is celebrating 50 year. So I found the amusement park pictures on their website. The amusement park is called Dispensa after the guy who owned it. It is located next to the oakbrook mall and route 83. The tallest building in oakbrook is now located on the spot. I think they closed the park in 86. It is part of my childhood and I had great memories of the park. Im just sad that this park doesn't have a huge history. Which makes it hard to find any pictures of the place. The aerial shot of the park make a dream come true for me. You can just make out the railroad tracks they had in the park. It went past the parking lot and returned to the park. The large castle is a toys store on the inside. I wish there was more details of the castle. Did they build toys in it or what else was in there? The aerial map can be zoomed in and you can take a closer look of the park.



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WOW I forgot all about that place. you remember the water park farther north on rt83??
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Grew up a few miles east of there and also have found memories. From what I recall the castle was similar to a Toys R Us. Never realized there was a warehouse back there too. I dont believe they manufactured any toys but I could be wrong.
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Water park was on the west side of 83 just north of Roosevelt and yes I am remember it vividly.
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Speaking of local demod landmarks...who remembers the slogan, "Where you always save more money!" just west of York and Rossevelt?
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Speaking of local demod landmarks...who remembers the slogan, "Where you always save more money!" just west of York and Rossevelt?
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It was called "The Dispensa Castle of Toys"...... It was a toy store.



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I believe they are building condos finally where CE used to be. It was bulldozed years agp and still may be undeveloped. It's a very "Hard to Find...Tough to Beat" location.

Wasnt the park called Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom?
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Good find...so we were both partially correct.
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I know for a fact I "use to have" two toys from the toys store.

Back in the 80s, they had a pen that looks like an actual flying vampire bat. And the middle of the pen would be a plastic tube which was filled with fake blood. I remember, going to the back of the store and they had a wall full of them.

I also got a large train that went in circles.

When my mom was in the Antique store phase we had to be an hour away from home. We went to a small farm town antique store. And saw an actual LEGOS replica of the kiddie kingdom Castle. It was like 100 dollars.

I can't remember any details of the toys store except remembering one of the employees using a freight elevator. And it was located on the left side, when you walked in.

no more amusement park CLSB should build an amusement park with a castle. FTW
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Used to go there as a kid all the time. I was walking through an antique store in Door county with the wife a few years ago and came across a monsterous lego castle that was from the original park. if it wasnt sooooo damn expensive I would have bought it.




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Water park was on the west side of 83 just north of Roosevelt and yes I am remember it vividly.
Were you there during operation? Everytime I passed the place, I remember telling my mom "water slides FTW" but I think they were shut down.


Heres another one too. North East of Dispensas. I remember my dad taking me to a roller skating ring. If i remember correctly, it was 1 or 2 blocks away from Kiddie Kingdom.
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I was there in the park when it was open.

I recall the long slide ride BEFORE they offered the foam matts. Everyone got all cut up. I also remember a tall straight and FAST slide that faced east towards 83 that dropped you into a small dirty pond of sorts.

I believe the main reason it was shut down, beyond the huge liablity, was it was built on a dump. I may be confusing that with Blackwell Lake Beach though.
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The Elm or something like that is what you are referring to. It was the Elmhurst roller rink and had some pool table in there as well...possibly some bowling not sure on that. Its on St. Charles road and is now adorned by a retirement home.
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I believe they are building condos finally where CE used to be. It was bulldozed years agp and still may be undeveloped. It's a very "Hard to Find...Tough to Beat" location.

Wasnt the park called Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom?
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Wow, Kiddie Kingdom brings back memories...I don't remember being *in* the store, but I for sure remember the rides!

For years I kept confusing Kiddie Kingom with that one place on North Ave. What's that one called? It's by the race track. I really thought that place was Kiddie Kingdom and wondered what they did with the castle.

There was also a small place between Chicago and Rockford...damn I can't think of the name, but it had rides and has a Knights of the Round table like theme.

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WOW I forgot all about that place. you remember the water park farther north on rt83??
I grew up about 1 mile west of the 'ol water slide, and spent many a quarter playing Spy Hunter & Congo Bongo in the arcade.....
It was called Ebenezer Floppenslopper's!

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Heres another one too. North East of Dispensas. I remember my dad taking me to a roller skating ring. If i remember correctly, it was 1 or 2 blocks away from Kiddie Kingdom.[/QUOTE]


That was the Elmhurst Bowl, it was also a roller skating ring.

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Wow, Kiddie Kingdom brings back memories...I don't remember being *in* the store, but I for sure remember the rides!

For years I kept confusing Kiddie Kingom with that one place on North Ave. What's that one called? It's by the race track. I really thought that place was Kiddie Kingdom and wondered what they did with the castle.

There was also a small place between Chicago and Rockford...damn I can't think of the name, but it had rides and has a Knights of the Round table like theme.
North Ave is "kiddie land" their bumpercars is badass And I love the old time tractors too. But I heard they took the tractors away for some new stuff. Scooby doo is coming to kiddie land on saturday, i think, it was on the cartoon channel.

Are you talking about medievil times? eat dinner while watching knights fighting?


Theres another place im trying to remember. Small park for kids. Might have been called "pirates cove" they had a replica of a pirates ship, an old west buildings but minaturized, small train that you pedal with your hands, rocket ship with the tv screen on the inside(always loved it), and bumper boats.
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North Ave is "kiddie land" their bumpercars is badass And I love the old time tractors too. But I heard they took the tractors away for some new stuff. Scooby doo is coming to kiddie land on saturday, i think, it was on the cartoon channel.
Yeah, Kiddieland, for as long as it lasts. Too bad they're having so much trouble keeping it open.

I still miss Santa's Village in Dundee/Carpentersville.

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woohoo got a commercial of dispensa inside the toys store

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And the park.

http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/screen.p...%20kingdom&p=1
heres a better video of above.
this site also has a lot of commercials from chicago. channel 60 and 66 etc...


I found clips of riverview,santas village, and kiddie land on utube too.
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Talk about dredging up some memories. I grew up in Elmhurst around North Ave. & 83 and remember going to Kiddie Kingdom, the Elm, and the water slide (before the mats).

Memory may be failing me, but wasn't there also a place called Old Chicago. It was an indoor amusement park located somewhere around I55 and Rt. 53, where the warehouses are now? Nevermind here is a link with some info. http://www.negative-g.com/OldChicago/OCIndex.html
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I just watched a movie recently(last week), that took place inside Old chicago. It was about a brother and sister that had psychic powers. I looked up the info on the movie on IMD and noticed they filmed at old chicago


Old chicago was before me. But I read up on the history. Place looked huge in the movie. I would be going there all time time, if it still existed.
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Old chicago was before me. But I read up on the history. Place looked huge in the movie. I would be going there all time time, if it still existed.
I can just VAGUELY recall it and I'm 35. Maybe someone else has better recollections. I can just remember some kid park in there with carpeted moguls?!?
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I remember when they built it...... and when they tore it down.

It was open from 1975-1981, Torn Down in 1986.


It used to be Bollingbrooks claim to fame !


Oooh..... cool find here for your historians !
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Yeah, Kiddieland, for as long as it lasts. Too bad they're having so much trouble keeping it open.

I still miss Santa's Village in Dundee/Carpentersville.



Wouldn't be Shireland up in Hampshire, by any chance, would it?
Shireland! That's it! Peanut and I did some Autocross in the parking lot of Shireland a few years ago, and it kinda freaked me out. I don't remember ever having been there, but I somehow remembered bits and pieces of the place.

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I just watched a movie recently(last week), that took place inside Old chicago. It was about a brother and sister that had psychic powers. I looked up the info on the movie on IMD and noticed they filmed at old chicago


Old chicago was before me. But I read up on the history. Place looked huge in the movie. I would be going there all time time, if it still existed.
Awesome! The Fury! I remember Old Chicago. It had the worlds only indoor looped roller coaster. I posted about this in another thread recently. I remember "old town" which was a brick by brick recreation of a chunk of turn of the century chicago. I believe bit parts of that "old town" are in the Museum of Science and Industry. I remember seeing the old skool dentist chair and going to the candy store to get "rice paper candy". They had a midway and everything, completely indoors.

Actually, Bolingbrooks other big claim to fame was the worlds first indoor wave pool, and Old Chicago. I think the wave pool outlasted Old Chicago though.

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bump for the people that haven't seen the kiddie kingdom videos I found on youtube.
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