> Great America had staying power over Old Chicago Marriott theme park
> changed course of then-tiny Gurnee Who remembers Old Chicago? Those born
> during or after the Reagan years have no memory of Bolingbrook's indoor
> amu***t park/retail mall, but it opened a good year before what was then
> Marriott's Great America and was the buzz of the metro area. At 490,000
> square feet and with two steel roller coasters among its 31 rides, this
> 365-day-a-year complex debuted in June 1975 as "the world's first completely
> enclosed amu***t park and shopping center," and the first Chicagoland
> amu***t park since the closing of Riverview in 1967.
as big as Great America was. It was in some ways the predecessor to
Mall of America. I could never quite figure out why they didn't make
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