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Six Flags Great America

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  • Small fire near Goliath coaster at Six Flags

    Small fire near Goliath coaster at Six Flags
    Gurnee firefighters were at Six Flags Great America this afternoon after roof shingles caught fire on a structure attached to the park’s new wooden roller coaster, Goliath. Those shingles, located above the station where passengers eventually will...
  • Great America Goliath coaster to open Thursday

    Great America Goliath coaster to open Thursday
    Six Flags Great America has announced a new opening date of Thursday, June 19 for the much-anticipated Goliath roller coaster, which is touted by the amusement park company as being the world's tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster. The...
  • Goliath roller coaster is fearsome and fun, but shows off physics too

     Goliath roller coaster is fearsome and fun, but shows off physics too
    Nathan Unterman didn't always know how to ride a roller coaster, but after 28 years of taking high schoolers on amusement park attractions, he's got a pretty good idea. Those who savor that moment before the coaster plunges down should ride in the front...
  • Middle school students escape charter bus fire

    Middle school students escape charter bus fire
    No one was injured when a charter bus carrying Indiana middle-school students traveling to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee caught fire Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department. Firefighters...
  • Man pleads guilty to DUI on same road he killed 4 in 1999 DUI

    Man pleads guilty to DUI on same road he killed 4 in 1999 DUI
    Walter Depner, who served 12 years in prison for killing four people in 1999 while driving drunk, pleaded guilty today to again driving under the influence on the same road in 2013. Depner, 62, waived his right to a jury trial that was set to begin...
  • Six Flags delays opening of Goliath roller coaster

    Six Flags delays opening of Goliath roller coaster
    Weather is to blame for the delay of the long-awaited Goliath roller coaster, billed as the fastest and steepest wooden coaster in the world, according to officials at Six Flags Great America. "Thanks to Mother Nature’s freezing temperatures...
  • Wooden coaster war heats up with Six Flags Great America's Goliath debut

    Wooden coaster war heats up with Six Flags Great America's Goliath debut
    Six Flags Great America will launch the latest salvo in the ongoing wooden coaster war this summer with the addition of a steel-wood hybrid aimed squarely at dethroning the reigning king and knocking the heir apparent down a notch. Set to debut at the...
  • Goliath rises in Great America skyline

    Goliath rises in Great America skyline
    Alan Schilke's job is to make people scream. As a hotshot roller-coaster designer, Schilke promised to build a massive, record-setting wooden coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. When he saw how small the construction site was, crammed...
  • Fire at Six Flags causes nearly $60,000 in damage

    Fire at Six Flags causes nearly $60,000 in damage
    No one was injured in a fire Wednesday at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee that officials said caused nearly $60,000 in damage. The fire, which erupted about 9 p.m., destroyed a wooden employee break area near the park's Grand Music Hall and...
  • Park Junior High graduation set back by cold

     Park Junior High graduation set back by cold
    La Grange's Park Junior High School will hold its graduation ceremony a week later than previously planned as a result of recent class cancellations, School District 102 announced Thursday. Graduation will be held June 4 instead of May 29, District...
  • Great A-scare-ica: A grandmother complains and the amusement park responds

     
    A reader got in touch this morning: We took our grandkids to Great America on Columbus Day--our first visit there in a couple of decades. We knew the Halloween theme would be prominent, and we knew some park employees would......