Category Archives: Amusement Parks and Fairs

Golf-A-Rama

An abandoned fun park slowly decays along the highway in Beach Park. I drove by on my way to Illinois Beach State Park, but couldn’t get it out of my mind. Later in the day, I went back and took … Continue reading

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Congo River

We (the staff in my department at work), for our annual outing, headed to Congo River Miniature Golf. We split into two groups. This was my group — Mary Alice, Linda, Jamie, Tami, Tami, Linda, Jamie and Mary Alice. (For the … Continue reading

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Par-King Skill Golf — Black Course

When I was a kid, I occasionally got a chance to go miniature golfing at the original Par-King in Morton Grove. I thought the place was a riot — high castle walls all around, funky holes, loud music. That course … Continue reading

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County Fair Livestock Auction

I spent the afternoon alternating between wandering about and sitting in the auction barn watching the auctioneer sell cattle, pigs and sheep. The highest price for beef (while I was in the barn) was $5.10/lb. The champion hog went for … Continue reading

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The Exciting Life of a Carnival Barker

Spotted at the local summer carnival.

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She’s a Good Loser

One of the adventures on my list of Fun Things To Do With My Daughter was to go go-carting. The closest track to our house that is actually still in business is in Sugar Grove, about 40 miles south. I … Continue reading

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Congo River

Time for another lunchtime adventure. Seven of us headed over to Congo River and played an exciting match of miniature golf. I saw in the newspaper this morning that it’s over 90 degrees more often on July 20 than on … Continue reading

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Par-King Skill Golf — Lincolnshire, Illinois

My younger daughter and I visited Par-King miniature golf for a father-daughter adventure. There were two courses — the black course ran around the outside of the area and the red course filled the middle. The cooler holes — the … Continue reading

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