Monday, February 13, 2012
Fairyland Amusement Park Lyons, IL 1974
I found this absolutely "Wonderful" home movie that was photographed in 1974, at the former Fairyland Amusement Park in west suburban Lyons Illinois.
I actually visited Fairyland with My family a handful of times when I was a kid growing up in Chicago during the 1960's and 70's...but somehow My Parents forgot to bring the camera with them.
Fairyland Amusement Park existed from 1938 until 1978. This tiny family style amusement park with portable carnival style rides, was located along the west side of South Harlem Avenue at West 40th Street, in west suburban Lyons Illinois. This portion of Harlem Avenue, was once U.S Rt # 66.
I am currently seeking photos or advertisements from the former Fairyland Amusement Park in Lyons Illinois, for a slideshow /multi media documentary project about "Remembering Chicago's Historic Amusement Parks of The Past".
After Fairyland closed in 1978, the park was demolished that October, and was quickly redeveloped in to a small strip mall with a Zayre Department store, wich later became Aims.
Today, this is the site of a Marshall's Department Store, located immediately south of the Presidential Motel.
If anyone can share any old photos of the place, mainly the large neon roadside sign with the clown on it pointing to the park itself, this would all be greatly appreciated.
Fairyland Park in Lyons Illinois, is just about completely lost to local history today.