In an era before giant theme parks, Chicago’s Riverview Park was advertised as the world’s largest amusement park. Although it closed after the 1967 season, it is still lovingly remembered by Chicagoans and countless others who came from other towns and surrounding states. Ralph Lopez worked at the park for eleven years and was the last manager of its famous “Shoot-the-Chutes” ride. With co-writer Derek Gee, Ralph has compiled a loving history of the park’s origin and development over the years that includes maps, postcards, vintage ads and 263 photographs taken by or for the park, some as early as 1879. This unique mix makes Laugh Your Troubles Away the most comprehensive and factual history of Riverview available, the definitive history of that wonderful amusement park, where visitors were urged to come and "Laugh your trouble away."
Softcover, 8½ x 11; 166 pgs.