Saint Richard's Catholic Parish annual summer carnival. Chicago Illinois. July 1983., a photo by Eddie from Chicago on Flickr.
During the 1980's, one of My all time favorite Summertime activities on the southwest side of Chicago, was visiting the annual neighborhood summer carnival at St Richard's Catholic Parish Church near Chicago's Midway Airport.
They had absolutely what had to be the COOLEST neighborhood summer carnival anywhere in the city of Chicago, and My Summer was not complete without stopping in and having some fun at it.
Today, the bad economy, a changing parish clientel, a lack of church volunteers and other negative factors of todays era, have caused the people at Saint Richard's parish to no longer hold their annula summer carnival.
However, the church now holds a more cost effective and practical "Taste of Garfield Ridge Festival" in the church parking lot every year on Labor Day weekend, in wich many local southwest side Chicago eateries from this area, showcase their food specialties.
Although there no longer is a Saint Richard's carnival at West 50th Street and South Kostner Avenue, My memories and photos of it remind Me of much better times.
Saint Richard's carnival was nice while it lasted.