Paul's Grove, Addison, IL
Adventureland, Addison, IL (1961-1977)
The land that Storybook City sat on was originally owned by Paul Werner and was known as Paul's Grove. It consisted of 24 acres and hosted a restaurant and a dance pavilion. The Grove was purchased by John and Marie Spiezio in 1952 and they managed it until 1958.
Sometime in 1958, the land was purchased by Richard Barrie. Paul's Grove became Storybook City (later the name was changed to: Storybook City, USA). The City was geared to families with young children. He added some kiddie rides, built a fairytale castle and hired people to dress in costumes, thus bringing the storybook characters to life. After some financial problems, Barrie sold the City to Durell Everding in 1961. Everding renamed it Adventureland City and expanded the focus of the City to include older children, teens and young adults. The Storybook City structures remained and the kiddie rides were grouped together in a section he called the "Kiddie Korral".