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Postby jonrev » Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:13 pm

In Gurnee, across from Big Easy Balloons, there's an arcade called "Cirque Electrique". After looking through some photos here I found one where it looked completely different. It's the large building across from the Orleans Gazebo and next to the entrance to Traffique Jam.
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Today, there is a ring-toss, basketball game, and a few others in place of that opening in the front. Does anyone know when they replaced the open building entrance with those games? And were there just arcade games inside back then?

Also does anyone know when that building across from what is now Bayou Blowout was torn down? There are more games stands on the site of where it was.
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Postby Glorfindel7 » Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:48 am

What I recall about Cirque Electrique is that it used to be a mini version of the Games Gallery in County Fair. There have always been mini games in there, but mainly of the skeeball, balloon burst variety. It was a great place to take a break from the heat.

The Games Gallery held the biggest selection of arcade games in the entire park but it was closely followed by Cirque Electrique.

When the arcade boom fell out of vogue in the middle 80's the space inside was replaced with more mini games.

I remember those mini games outside being in place as early as the mid 80's. I also remember a version of the guessing game called the Amazing Alfredeux which was located kitty corner from the entrance to this place.

Sadly I haven't been there in a few years so I don't know how it looks now.
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Postby jonrev » Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:39 am

There is still an Amazing Alfredeux near the former "Mardi Gras Recording Studio". It's very annoying.
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