2009/12/01

The Jam, Live at the old Chicago. March 7, 1980.



Artwork by Manu!
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(Wiki Source) Old Chicago was a combination shopping mall and indoor amusement park that existed in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Illinois, from 1975 until 1980. It was billed as "The world's first indoor amusement park," and it was intended to draw visitors all year round, rain or shine. It opened to great fanfare and over 15,000 visitors on June 17 1975 with an enormous building that housed major rides, such as a roller coaster and a Ferris wheel, as well as a turn-of-the-century themed shopping mall. Only six months after opening, however, the complex ran into financial troubles due to construction cost overruns. The opening of a competing amusement park in the same general region hurt attendance, and the lack of large anchor stores failed to draw enough local and repeat shoppers. Despite management changes, the center continued to lose money. By 1978, the mall began closing on Mondays and Tuesdays and in early 1980 the entire amusement park shut down and the rides were sold, only five years after opening. Efforts to find alternative uses for the huge building failed, and the structure was demolished in the spring of 1986.

This must have been the last concert they had here.
I think the rides were still operating this night but within weeks
it was all over.

Huge thanx to Acetboy!

Part one
Part two

3 comments:

Cpt.Stax said...

this is the worst period of the jam live and I think .................. .......... hahaha just kidding yann, I know youre always expecting this old fart moaning abt something not right ... hehe nothing to say but keep on blogging mate! :)

cheers the cap

Mark Edward Lee said...

Right-on, THANKS!

Anonymous said...

please reupload part two !!!