The last (and longest running) of the Chicago area amusement parks for kids (Six Flags doesn't count as that's aimed more at teens and up) is at long last closing. Kiddieland amusement park in Melrose Park to close :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State Though not unexpected, it is an unfortunate development. The park has still been doing well but the part of the family which owns the land wants to sell it off. Consequently, so many of Chicago's children will be denied such a great experience as a small park with age appropriate rides and attractions offers. And those of us who once went to Kiddieland or hoped to one day take our own children are now left lost and longing. It seems like all the good things for children just keep disappearing. As a personal memory, I last saw Carson and Barnes Circus as a three ringer under canvas on Labor Day two years ago. As I stood on the lot watching tear down the Kiddieland fireworks show started. I stopped, stepped back, watched and enjoyed - knowing full well that this was something which soon would disappear. Little did I know that another great tradition in circus was also ending and that these two things would be tied together in my life that way. The good news is that there is still this year. So get to Chicago and go to Kiddieland if you can. I know that I will! All I have to find is some cute chick and a kid to accompany me and make the fun complete.