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  • Our Halloween 'how' guide

    Our Halloween 'how' guide
    Here's our quick Halloween “how” guide. First up, how did a holiday that takes its name from a Catholic holy day — All Hallows' Eve, the eve of All Saints' Day — become the day to dress up in costume and ask for candy, tell...
  • The d'oh! that wasn't

     
    The kids were all set for a big, end-of-summer outing to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee today when my son's girlfriend had the presence of mind to check the calendar at the park's website (left) and saw that, as......
  • How do they ban someone for life from an amusement park?

     
    Megan Craig's recent Tribune story Banned for life from Great America -- Wisconsin dad, dozens of others have been prohibited from ever visiting Six Flags again for a variety of infractions raised for me the intriguing question of just how......
  • The first day

    The  first day
    No other milestone provides a snapshot of a child's life like the first day of school. It's a tangible reflection of the child moving away from the parent and into the adult he or she will become. Unlike graduation, where success is celebrated and...
  • VIDEO: State-of-the-art "wing coaster" X-Flight coming to Six Flags Great America in 2012

    VIDEO: State-of-the-art "wing coaster" X-Flight coming to Six Flags Great America in 2012
    2012 can't come soon enough for Chicagoland rollercoaster enthusiasts! Six Flags Great America made a major announcement this morning. They will be building the first "wing coaster" in the U.S. From the press release.... "X-Flight will take riders on...
  • New rollercoaster for Six Flags in 2012

    New rollercoaster for Six Flags in 2012
    Six Flags Great America will open a new rollercoaster for its 2012 season, park officials said this morning. The new wing-style rollercoaster, X-Flight, will feature suspended seats, a 12-story initial plunge, 3,000 feet of drops, and five inversions,...
  • Six Flags America to launch 'Apocalypse' in 2012

    Six Flags America to launch 'Apocalypse' in 2012
    Six Flags America is envisioning 2012 as the end of the world and wants visitors to take that last ride aboard a new roller coaster. The Apocalypse, a thrilling coaster that will drop riders 90 feet, is set to open at the Maryland theme park on May 25....
  • Midwestern parks create new ways to thrill you

    Midwestern parks create new ways to thrill you
    Take a deep breath. Now picture yourself spinning nearly 30 stories above the Lake Erie shoreline in two-person swings that allow riders' feet to dangle. At the ride's pinnacle, the swings spin at 25 to 30 mph at almost 45 degrees from the tower. Welcome...
  • Cops: Man tried to bring gun into Great America

    An Indiana man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly trying to bring a loaded handgun into Six Flags Great America theme park in Gurnee, a police official said today. Arthur Olvera Jr., 20, of Hammond, Ind., was charged Sunday with aggravated...
  • Feeding a family of 5 on $100 a week: Road trip

    Feeding a family of 5 on $100 a week: Road trip
    We all know we are supposed to pack all kinds of food for our road trips so we don't end up overspending on gas station snacks and restaurants. I succeeded this week in getting good deals on snacks to avoid the gas station part, but I still did spend on-...
  • Surfin' and Slidin': The Intense New Water Rides At Six Flags Great America's Riptide Bay

    Surfin' and Slidin': The Intense New Water Rides At Six Flags Great America's Riptide Bay
    Somebody drew the short straw. And it wasn't me. I was lucky enough to spend the early afternoon at Six Flags Great America's Hurricane Harbor. The waterpark added a four acre addition this year they're calling Riptide Bay, complete with a few new...