Windy City Amusements

Windy City Amusements has carnival rides and games for all ages to enjoy. Ride the thrill rides and try your luck to win a prize at one of the games on the midway. Younger children will love the slide, train, and carousel.

2024 Carnival Hours

Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


To contact us or if you have any questions about the carnival or Hometown Fest, please email


The Kathleen Blanck Memorial Carnival gives an opportunity for those with unique needs to attend the carnival prior to opening to the public in a quieter environment.

Registration will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024, and runs from 1-3 p.m., individuals with special needs and their families are invited to enjoy complimentary rides. Pre-registration link will be available closer to the event.

In 1997, the Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest co-chairs Karen Blanck and Todd Pearson and carnival committee chair Wendy Copeland were inspired by Karen’s sister Kathleen to offer an opportunity to those with developmental and physical disabilities to enjoy the carnival for free and without an overwhelming crowd.

Since its inception, Windy City Amusements has provided complimentary access to most rides for the attendees and their caregivers. After Kathleen passed away in 2012, the Jaycees renamed the event to the Kathleen Blanck Memorial Carnival.