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Old 04-06-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Anyone on here remembers and knows what happen to Wright's Barnyard in Lansing? I'm heading back that way this summer and wanted to show my 12 year old where I use to hang out when I was his age. I'm saddened to see that it's gone .
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Was this an arcade?
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Wright's Barnyard was sold and demolished a few years ago to make way for the 80/294 expension. I'm thinking by 2005 it was history. Tonythetuna, it was an arcade/batting cage/go-cart place. I think it was owned by the same people who own Hollywood Park in Crestwood (don't quote me on that though).
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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It looks like 2006 was the last year.

Wright's Barnyard auction | April 2007 | SouthtownStar

Wright's Barnyard/Hollywood Park - Lansing, IL pictures from midwest photos on webshots
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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Yes, it's the same owners of Hollywood Park in Crestwood, on Cal-Sag Rd just east of Cicero. I've never been to the one in Crestwood. It's much larger, and I'm sure the games are completely different now. If you had been able to take your kid to Wright's Barnyard, it probably would have seemed a lot different to you, too.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Northwest Indiana
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I believe "Hollywood Park" had purchased Wright's Barnyard from the original owners sometime in the 90's and the place quickly started going downhill under their management. The original owners ended up buying the park back from Hollywood and started to turn it back around but that whole block was soon condemned by the state to make way for the 80/94 expansion.

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Old 04-08-2011, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Northwest Indiana
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I believe "Hollywood Park" had purchased Wright's Barnyard from the original owners sometime in the 90's and the place quickly started going downhill under their management. The original owners ended up buying the park back from Hollywood and started to turn it back around but that whole block was soon condemned by the state to make way for the 80/94 expansion.
That's how I understand how it was. It was making a slow comeback. Then the state bought about half of their land, which cost them one of the two mini-golf courses and all of the go-cart track. It actually operated without the one course and the go-car track for a while. They of course still had the other mini-golf course, batting cages and the arcade etc. They looked into buying the neighboring property and adding a new mini-golf and track but after crunching the numbers they didn't work out. Running what they had left wasn't enough to keep it going either. These huge road construction projects alway kills some of the businesses along them. Unfortunately Wrights was that business.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:30 PM
 
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Loved Wrights Barnyard...can I still cash in my SkeeBall Tickets? Been saving them since the 1970's!
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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Loved Wrights Barnyard...can I still cash in my SkeeBall Tickets? Been saving them since the 1970's!
Hollywood Park in Crestwood will still accept your old tickets from Lansing. It is owned by the grandson of Burt and Millie Wright.
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