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  • 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...
  • Escapee from Elgin Mental Health Center taken into custody hailing cab

    Escapee from Elgin Mental Health Center taken into custody hailing cab
    A handcuffed prisoner from the Elgin Mental Health Center who escaped from a state vehicle Wednesday morning was captured eight hours later after he hailed a cab in Elgin, ending a manhunt that kept the community on high alert much of the day. Jesse...
  • What's next for soon-to-retire Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain?

    What's next for soon-to-retire Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain?
    A classic ride that was once the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the world will retire this summer after thrilling generations of riders at Six Flags Magic Mountain. But will Colossus rise again? The 1978 wooden racing coaster will "end its 36-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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......
  • Cedar Point reaffirms coaster credentials with Gatekeeper

    Cedar Point reaffirms coaster credentials with Gatekeeper
    After a half decade without a new roller coaster and the removal of two aging rides from its coaster fleet, Cedar Point can once again reclaim its self-proclaimed title of "America's Roller Coast" with the addition of Gatekeeper in 2013. > Photos:...