Luna Park, Halsted and 52nd Streets, Chicago, IL. (1907-1911)
Luna Park occupied the site of a former picnic grove owned by Joseph Oswald and commonly known as Oswald's Grove. In 1906, a group of investors announced plans to convert the ten-acre picnic grove into an amusement park. Construction began in the fall of 1906 and the park opened the following year.
Luna Park was an amusement park that was in operation in Chicago, Illinois, from 1907 to 1911. Located on the plot of a former picnic grove at the corner of 50th and Halsted Streets, it was owned by an investment group led by boxing promoter James "Big Jim" O'Leary (son of Mrs. O'Leary of Great Chicago Fire fame). Big Jim promised the park would be a strictly legitimate business.
Luna Park, originally started as a trolley park , occupied only ten acres and was smaller than most of the other Chicago amusement parks of the era; most notably Riverview Park and White City (Riverview Park was the largest amusement park in existence at that time). Jim O'Leary became the park's manager in 1908.
Attractions included a midway with a small roller coaster, a merry-go-round and other mechanical rides, a ballroom, a roller skating rink, live entertainment which included Vaudeville and Boxing, a restaurant, numerous games of chance, and souvenir stands.
Initially popular (averaging 5000 patrons a day in its peak), attendance declined in light of the increasing competition from other Chicago-area amusement parks. In July of 1910, management temporarily closed the park in response to dwindling attendance. After making a fortune in the 1910 Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffrieschampionship fight, the park was reopened in 1911 as O'Leary attempted to find a buyer to no avail. Luna Park's proximity to the Union Stockyards and the smell that arose from the yards on hot summer days may have speeded along its demise.
In 1912, most of the attractions were removed; the remaining structures were converted into a large food market hall. In 1916, the grounds were sold to real estate developer James H. Milligan to build single family houses.
 Trolley parks, which started in the 19th century, were picnic and recreation areas along or at the ends of streetcar lines in most of the larger cities. These were precursors to amusement parks. These trolley parks were created by the streetcar companies to give people a reason to use their services on weekends.
ALL LISTED BOXING MATCHES FOR LUNA PARK, CHICAGO:
Chicago IL: July 27, 1907
(Luna Park) ... William Demetral beat Pete Peterson (2-1) ... Dick Sorensen beat Young Billiter (2-1) ... NOTE: Heavyweight wrestlers begin two-week competition for "heavyweight champion of the west," with John L. Rooney, Bob Managoff, the Turk; William Demetral, August Peterson, Carl Pons and Jim Parr among those reportedly signed up Chicago, IL: July 29, 1907
(Luna Park) … John J. Rooney beat Ole Olson (sub for William Demetral) (2-1) … NOTE: Ole Olson was the same wrestler as Bull Olson. The site was located at Halsted and 52nd Street.
Chicago IL: July 30, 1907
(Luna Park) ... (Handicap) Dick Sorensen FTT Young Billiter (15:00) ... William Demetral
beat Carl Delivuk (2-0)
Chicago IL: July 31, 1907
(Luna Park) ... William Demetral vs Tom Winkelhoefrer ... Dick Sorensen vs Young Williams
Chicago IL: August 1, 1907
(Luna Park) ... John Rooney beat Bull Olson (2-1)
Chicago, IL: August 31, 1907
(Luna Park) … Ferrara vs Herman Miller … (promoter-Harris)
Chicago, IL: September 1, 1907 (Sunday afternoon)
(Luna Park) … J. George vs Bull Olson
Chicago, IL: September 1, 1907 (Sunday evening)
(Luna Park) … Gotch (of Cleveland) vs Sorenson (of Chicago) … NOTE: On Labor Day, the winners of the Ferrara and Olson matches will meet in the final. The matches will be for $50 a side, except the final which will have a purse of $100 and a side bet of $50 each, winner takes all.