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The Historical Society’s Forest Parkopoly games will be available at the Chamber Holiday Walk, Friday Nov. 30. The game, modeled with properties and cash after the famous Monopoly game, is a historic snapshot of Forest Park past and present. The game costs $25, with a 10 percent discount if purchased with a Historical Society membership.

Fifty-five active businesses and organizations are represented on the board, along with landmarks such as the Haymarket Martyrs Monument. Historic photos of Forest Park scenes, such as the park district building, the 1920s Steeple Chase Roller Coaster and a team photo from the Parichy Bloomer Girls decorate the box and board.

“Forest Parkopoly is a great Christmas present for anyone who loves Forest Park, or who grew up here,” said Augie Aleksy, president of the Historical Society’s board of directors.

The familiar Monopoly currency is emblazoned with the logo of Forest Park National Bank. Local cemeteries take the places of the railroads on the board, and orange and yellow Kiwanis “Fate!” and “Chamber of Commerce” cards direct the players to “Advance to Altenheim” or “Pay Forest Park School Tax.”

In a nod to inflation, players rounding the corner and passing “Start” collect $300 and bad luck sends players to “Court” instead of “Jail.”

The game was created as a fundraiser and a way to raise awareness of the Historical Society. Aleksy hopes to organize Forest Parkopoly tournaments later in the year.

During the Holiday Walk, the Historical Society table will be located at Forest Park National Bank.

Games will also be sold that evening at Todd and Holland Tea Merchants, Centuries and Sleuths bookstore and Louie’s Grill. For more information or to purchase games after the walk, please contact the Historical Society at 708-232-3747.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...