Fun City Adventure Park in Algonquin abruptly closes 2 weeks after opening; state says it had no permit

A sign outside posted by the village said ‘not approved for occupancy’

Fun City Adventure Park in Algonquin abruptly closed at the end of February 2024, two weeks after it opened. Shown March 1, 2024.

The Algonquin Fun City Adventure Park has abruptly closed only two weeks after its grand opening.

A sign from the village posted on the door of the business Friday said, “Not approved for occupancy.”

The children’s indoor amusement park, located at 215 S. Randall Road, made no mention of any permitting problems in a post Friday on Facebook noting that it had “temporarily” closed and will announce a “grand reopening soon.”

The business, which features attractions such as arcade games, trampolines, a foam pit and a zip line, opened Feb. 16, according to the Facebook page.

Fun City Adventure Park opened and operated without a permit being issued by the Illinois Department of Labor’s Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division, Department of Labor public information officer Paul Cicchini said.

After an inspection, the department issued a stop order, and the village of Algonquin then issued a no-occupancy order, he said.

Amusement ride operating permits have many requirements, including a certificate of insurance, training documentation, inspections, a criminal history check and a National Sex Offender Registry check, according to the Illinois Department of Labor.

Fun City Adventure Park in Algonquin abruptly closed at the end of February 2024, two weeks after it opened. A sign from the village on the door on March 1, 2024, said, "Not approved for occupancy."

No one from Fun City could be reached for comment Friday, but the social media post said the company was sorry for the closure.

“Please accept our apologies for the temporary closure. ... As we’re in our soft opening phase, we’re taking this time to make enhancements, including a new arcade, to ensure a top-notch experience to all our jumpers,” according to the post. “We appreciate your understanding.”

With that message was a post that read, in part: “Please bear with us as we try to make improvements and make this a safe environment for everyone! Thank you!”

That followed a post a day earlier saying the business would be closed Thursday.

Cicchini said the importance of thorough inspections stems from an incident involving a 10-year-old boy who was seriously injured from a carnival ride in July at the Taste of Antioch, which was not connected to Fun City.

“Ever since then, we made a strong push to educate people to ... look for our stickers to show that we have been in the building and we do approve the operation,” he said.