Chicago's interest in rides and such preceded Disney by decades. There was a permanent carnival called Riverview that was a landmark in Chicago. It was on Chicago's Northside right along the Chicago River. It had rides, and game booths, and food. I have no idea when it opened, but my family has photos there from the 30s and 40s. One of my uncles had a booth there for a long time. I don't remember exactly what it was, but I think it was a "Man in the Moon" where you and your sweetie could have your photo taken sitting in the curve of a painted Man in the Moon crescent. I remember loving to go there when I was a young child 5-7 or so. If I'm not mistaken it was closed in the late 1950s-early 1960s. It was very popular!
I've heard so much about Navy Pier from one of my friends. I'd love to go there someday.
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