The carousel at Kiddieland made its final turn on Sunday,
marking the end of the line for the Melrose Park venue, which has
delighted Chicagoland families for 80 years.
Kiddieland, which was founded by local contractor Arthur Fritz
and opened in 1929 with six ponies for kids to ride, closed its
doors Sunday night.
The saddest part of the closing? It seems to have been spurred
by a rift among the family members who own the park. As was widely
reported today, half own the 17 acres the park
is situated on and the lease, and the other half own the park
Ongoing disputes led to the lease not being renewed. A mainstay
of Chicago family fun brought down by a family feud. Read the
Sun-Times article and see photos from Kiddieland's last
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