Summer Fun

Popular big ideas for the hot months.

Big Surf Wave Action Pool
847/255-5380, 411 S Maple St., Mt. Prospect

Bollingbrook Aquatic Center
Wave pool and water slide.
630/759-2727, 200 S Lindsey Ln, Bolingbrook

Magic Waters
Very large, 1hr from OHare, 50ft slide, wave pool, tubing, kid stuff.
800/373-1679, 7820 N Cherry Vale Blvd, Cherry Valley

Racing Rapids Action Park (part of Santa's Village)
400ft twisty slide, lazy river tube ride, go carts.
847/426-5525, 880 E Main, Dundee

Rainbow Falls Water Theme Park
3 slides, cliff diving, water fun house, mini golf.
847/228-2860, Elk Grove Village

Skokie Water Playground
13-17 18-21, $5.25 child
847/674-1500, 4701 W Oakton, Skokie


Great America. bigger than Disneyland! $18-50 10a-10p.
Six Flags, 847/249-1776, 542 N Il Route 21, Gurnee.
EIGHT Mega mega coasters, three water rides, virtual reality, and all the classics with cartoon character themes. I-94 or I-294 West, exit Grand (Rt.132) East in Gurnee, look right.

Kiddie Land
Really nice modest place, notably compatible with little tykes. Mini train, coaster, plume ride, carousel, etc.
708/343-8000, 8400 W North, Melrose Park

Lambs Farm
Reportedly very nice. Good for kids under 10.
847/362-4636, Rt 176 & I 94, Libertyville


Times and prices shown are for August 1999. All can be expected to change practically week by week. Take 90 North. I did it close to legal in only 3.5hrs. A really well done vacation center, best on week days. Majority of help seems to be imported. I met young people working the summer from Finland, Germany, France, Hungary, Poland, Israel and more.
Main Contact
Call a few weeks in advance for good brochures and magazine.

Big Chief Karts and Coasters
$32 11a-7p.
Unbelievably huge Go-Kart park, 15 tracks. Underwater, through a castle and giant trojan horse, wooden bridges, jumps, bumper boats, coasters.

Noah's Ark. America's Largest Waterpark!
$24 9a-8p.
2 wavepools, 2 endless rivers, 33 waterslides, 4 kiddie water play areas, a kiddie roller coaster, bumper boats, 18-hole mini-golf course, 12 restaurants and outdoor lounges, 5 gift and clothing stores, and candy store w/ fresh fudge and caramel apples. In Wisconsin Dells. See the 360 degree web cam.

Pirates' Cove Adventure Golf
Visually incredible, five hilly courses, awesome landscaping, waterfalls, helicopter ride, flaming volcano, arcade, more.

Tommy Bartlett's Robot World and Exploratory
$9 8a-10p.
With the actual MIR backup, teriffic edu-tainment. A little hokey but charming.

Tommy Bartlett's Thrill Show
1p, 4:30p, 8:30p, $11-17.
Skis, juggling, fireworks, magic, comedy, stunts, beer, mosquitos. Pretty darn good.

Wisconsin Dells Original Fudge Shop
The best of many. Big sign just says FUDGE. In a very cool shopping and amusement strip.

Wonder Spot
Hwy 12, $4 9a-9p.
A mysterious shack where gravity doesn't behave quite right.

Ramada Limited
In by 3p out by noon, $108/night
1073 WisDells Pky
608/254-2218 or 800/845-2251

Country Kitchen All You Can Eat Buffet
Only sells chicken, mashed potatos, bread, tater tots and corn.

Paul Bunyon's All You Can Eat Restaurant
Only sells chicken, mashed potatos, bread and green beans.

Places I want to go next time:
American UFO & Sci-Fi Museum
Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theatres
Black Bart's Stagecoach Buffet
Circus World Baraboo
Corny's Go-Karts and Maze
Dells Auto Museum
Dells Mining Company
Extreme World
Family Land
Good Goody Gumdrop Candy Kitchen
Ho-Chunk Casino & Bingo
International Crane Foundation
J.B. Helicopter Rides
Laser Storm
Mid-Continent Railway
Original Wisconsin Ducks
Rick Wilcox Magic Theater
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Riverview Park & Waterworld
Serpent Safari
Shipwreck Lagoon Adventure Golf
Storybook Gardens
Timber Falls Adventure Golf
Uncle Gene's Moped Rentals
Wax World of the Stars

Though all the following names came up in my research, I have only actually heard from people who've been to Wauconda. Wauconda is also the only one with a web site and well distributed brochures. Furthermore, they have food and assorted other entertainment activities, especially in October.
    847/566-4520, sounds very good
    mid-Aug through mid-Oct, call for info by apple type
    800-36-APPLE, 847/526-8553, 1201 Gossell Rd, Wauconda.
    Take I-294 or Rt. 12, apples 9.11-10.31.
  William's orchard
    219/778-2839, 500 East County Road, IN, near Rolling Prarie
    800/422-1700, Philipeene
    616/468-3073, Jollay
    616/461-4187, Treemendous
    616/422-2426, Jonathon's apple world