| Jun 4, 2014
| 3:27 PM
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.
| Jun 6, 2014
| 1:07 PM
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...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 8:15 AM
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-...
| May 27, 2014
| 9:12 AM
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...
| May 23, 2014
| 8:00 AM
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...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 1:32 PM
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...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 3:25 PM
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...
| Jun 16, 2013
I've visited many theme parks in the United States over the last few years as the theme park blogger for The Times' Travel website, but this summer's crop of rides already has me updating my bucket list. Here's a look at some of the biggest new roller...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 5:38 PM
Quron Davis is so tall he has been barred from riding at least one roller coaster at Six Flags Great America and his mother, Charlene Davis, jokes she's the only person she knows who has to clean fingerprints off of her home's ceiling.
At 6 feet 9, he...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
"Insane Coaster Wars" would be the ultimate road trip for any ride enthusiast who had about $100,000 to drop on a single vacation and the fortitude to travel around the world.
Photos: 28 thrill rides competing in 'Insane Coaster Wars'
Premiering at 8:...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 4:42 PM
When Ben Gordon left the Bulls for Detroit four summers ago, I likened watching him to riding a great roller coaster. Roller coaster guys won't take you on a journey. But they shake you and thrill you and give you a memory. I can think of many crummier...