I know I’m late reporting this but Rich City Skate in Richton Park, Illinois closed on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
Tina and Dyana, producers of United Skates Documentary, told me when they interviewed me for their project in July. Honestly, it slipped my mind and I didn’t hear anything about it until yesterday, the day after the rink closed.
It’s disappointing to know that the only black-owned rink in Chicago is gone. The Alexander family is really cool and I wish them the best in their endeavors.
Image: Rich City Skate
Just wanted to let you know that I’m still here and Real Skate Stories is still active.
I haven’t been posting because I’m a team of one, although I truly appreciate everyone sharing their stories and memories during my absence.
What’s Keeping Me Busy?
- Working on writing projects, promoting my blogging book through workshops.
- Seeking a PT social media marketing or community manager position.
- Visiting libraries, contacting museums and researching newspapers for more information on Chicago roller skating history with a goal of completing my book before the end of 2016.
- Presenting Chicago roller skating history at libraries, schools and senior living centers.
- Considering ways to make this site more interactive.
My Ask of You
Please keep sending people to the site to share their stories and memories.
Also, I STILL NEED PICTURES. If you have any images you’re willing to share, please contact me.
Thank you for your continued support.
Happy 2016 all! I know I’m waaaaay behind on this site but there’s a good reason for it. I have been compiling my roller skating information and conducting more research to complete my roller book this year.
I started researching in 2009 and I’m ready to bring this baby full circle.
In the meantime, though, I am presenting roller skating history to schools, community organizations and other interested audiences, especially Baby Boomers.
I have two roller skating presentations coming up.
Park Ridge Library
Chicago: The Roller Skating Capitol of the U.S.
20 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.
Free for Park Ridge residents; $5.00 for non-residents
Rolling Down Memory Lane: Skating in Chicago
33 E. 83rd Street, Chicago, IL
Friday, March 11, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
Feel free to stop through and make sure to bring others with you.
It’s a great honor to share this video of veteran roller skater, Calvin Small, on “In the Loop”. He’s been skating for a half century and was one of my skate instructors.
Click on the picture to watch him in action.
Image: In the Loop
While looking for a particular roller rink in Chicago, I happened upon Craig’s Lost Chicago.
Included in his gone but not forgotten places of amusement in this city, there were quite a few pictures of roller skating rinks and rink stickers.
Visit the Craig’s Lost Chicago to go roll memory lane.
Images: Craig’s Lost Chicago