| Sep 12, 2011
| 4:48 PM
The $20-million Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Tennessee is on track to be the first winged coaster in the U.S. when it opens in March 2012.
> Photos: Wild Eagle winged coaster at Dollywood
With riders sitting on either side of the track in a winged...
| May 19, 2008
It's a big year for fans of theme parks and roller coasters all over North America.
The long list of new attractions includes the rock 'n' roll-themed Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; the Nickelodeon-themed park at Minnesota's Mall of America; Toy...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 8:59 AM
During a span of 17 days, I visited nine of the most talked about haunted houses in Illinois. Most were entertaining, most made me flinch at least once or twice and most sold extremely average, lukewarm pizza at their concession stands (you would think...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:32 PM
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......
| Oct 17, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Total Darkness doesn't have as detailed a set as the five other haunted attractions at Six Flags Great America's Fright Fest or as many actors trying to scare you, but the extremely basic house — which has no lights, not even a little bit —...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 8:01 PM
Amusement parks, like NFL teams, run on superlatives: biggest, baddest, best.
So when Six Flags Great America in Gurnee announced Thursday it plans to build the steepest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the world with the longest drop, ride lovers...
| 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...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 5:52 PM
Hold tight and get ready to scream, ride lovers: Six Flags Great America may soon have a new wooden roller coaster.
The suburban amusement park is planning to build a coaster that could be as high as 165 feet, and officials hint it might set a record...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 10:01 AM
An old familiar Grayslake restaurant is now gone, and the new owners are planning to landscape the grounds.
The Country Squire, 19133 W. Illinois Route 120, was built as a mansion owned by the Sears family. Over the years, it was repurposed for use as a...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Prosecutors had asked a judge this morning to revoke the bond a man who had served time for killing a family while driving drunk in 1999 and is again facing charges for driving under the influence and missed a court date this week.
But Walter Depner...
| 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...