A Tour of Riverview Park
Riverview Park was a favorite summertime destination for Chicago children and their families. Although it was a long trip from the Southeast Side to
Riverview, it was a rewarding journey on a warm summer day; an event to be savored over the cold winter. Let's make a nostalgic visit.
Riverview Park was located at the northwest corner of Western Ave. and Belmont Ave. on Chicago's Northwest Side. When Riverview opened on July
2, 1904, it was the world's largest amusement park. Located on 74 acres, the west side of the park was bounded by the North Branch of the Chicago
River. To the north stood the campus of Lane Tech High School. The former grounds are now home to Riverview Plaza shopping center, the Belmont
District Police Station, DeVry University, a manufacturing company and Richard Clark Park, part of the Chicago Park District. The south end of Clark
Park has a wooded area where many of the Riverview Park foundations are still visible and is currently used as a bicycle dirt jump and pump track
park maintained by the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers. A sculpture entitled Riverview by local artist Jerry Peart stands in front of the police station.
The Main Entrance
This early postcard view from the North
Branch of the Chicago River features a
building which housed a Civil War
exhibit called the "Battle of the Monitor
The entrance to the Silver Flash, one of
Riverview's nine roller coasters.
Below: The Silver Flash climbs the first hill.
The Pair-O-Chutes dropped you from a
212-foot tower, which was a North Side
The Bobs was Riverview's most
famous roller coaster. In this view,
Train 2 rounds the low curve on
An old postcard scene of Shoot the
Aladdin's Castle was a favorite of
Riverview visitors with its hall of
mirrors, rolling barrel, and the Magic
The carousel or merry-go-round was installed
in 1906. It featured 70 hand painted horses
and four 11-foot high lover's chariots.
Another postcard view of Riverview shows the Riverwalk with the
the Chute-the-Shoots, the Carousel, and the Flying Turns.
A portion of the front dust cover from the book
Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten 1904-1967.
This photo history by Chuck Wlodarczyk was
originally published in 1977and is no longer in
print. Two more recent books have since
been published: Riverview Amusement Park
(2004) available from Amazon.com and Laugh
Your Troubles Away (2008) available from