Chicago, IL (5030 S Kedzie Ave)

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For the North Side location, see: Chicago, IL (1830 W Fullerton Ave)

Current Exterior of the store



Chicago, IL (5030 S Kedzie Ave) is a former Showbiz Pizza Place that opened on November 1, 1984, with a Rock-Afire Explosion, which is still open to this day.

This location received Concept Unification in 1991 or 1992 and received a CU Beta 16M in 2020.

It is located next to a few businesses and a former Kmart.

Stages

Originally when the store opened, they had The Rock-Afire Explosion. Kedzie’s show is reused from the Farmington Hills, MI location which closed the same year, until late 1991, when they would undergo the process known as Concept Unification. They would have the 3-Stage for many years, until November 2020, when they would receive the 16M Studio C Chuck E. Bot, and Studio C Beta swirl backdrop and light up mirrors from Lafayette, Indiana, which had closed at the time. The reason for the replacement was because the 3-Stage is very hard to maintain, and with parts being hard to find not helping, they replaced the stage. As of October 2022, they still have the CU Beta 16M Stage.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-Afire Explosion October 1984 Late 1991 Opened with Uncle Klunk
3-Stage 1991/1992 November 2020 One of 10 Showbiz Pizza stores in Illinois to undergo Concept Unification. Last 3-Stage in Illinois
CU Beta 16M November 2020 Still In Use Last one

History

Chicago (Kedzie) opened next to Kmart on November 1st, 1984 which opened nearly 2 years prior on November 18th, 1982 with the Rock-Afire Explosion band. Chicago (Kedzie) would stay the same until when they received the 1988 Remodel in 1991 removing older SPP decor for CU and other decor, added Blue and White awnings above the salad bar, added checkers around and outside the store, and still keeping the Rock-Afire Explosion band. At some point in Late 1991, Chicago (Kedzie) would undergo Concept Unification removing the Rock-Afire Explosion for the 3-Stage and changing the exterior. Sometime in 1993-1994, Chicago (Kedzie) would undergo a minor remodel removing CU decor for Record Posters. In the Late 90's, Chicago (Kedzie) would receive the Phase 2 remodel changing the exterior, removing all decor for newer decor including some Record Posters, removal of the Blue and White awnings above the salad bar which also relocated, and the removal of the ball pit for SkyTubes and Toddler Zone. Chicago (Kedzie) remained like this until around 2012 when they would receive the 2005 remodel changing the exterior and signs (logo is not on awning anymore), removing the Showroom Walls, Balcony Seating, relocating the stage, removing the Toddler Zone, and painting walls purple. The Kmart then closed down in December 2016 (day unknown). In November 2020, the show heavily malfunctioned to the point that all 3-Stage characters were destroyed and replaced by a Studio C Cappa Chuck E. bot from the now closed Lafayette, IN (100 S Creasy Lane) location making it a CU Beta 16M, a Studio C Cappa + 3-Stage mix. Currently, as of March 2023, Chicago (Kedzie) still has the 2005 Remodel and the CU Beta 16M Stage, and as of June 2023, contains the very last CU Beta 16M Stage.

Videos

Links Description Published Date / Filming Date
link Earliest known footage of the stage preforming April 2012 Segment 4 Filmed: May 23, 2012

Uploaded: June 4, 2012

link SPF from Summer 2012 July 3, 2012
link Chuck E. Walkaround preforming "Them Bones" October 17, 2012
link The 3-Stage preforming Fun for All Fall 2015
link The 3-Stage in random movments filmed around the same time as video above
link The 3-Stage preforming the Happy Dance Febuary 2016
link The 3-Stage preforming Let's have a Party March 2016
link The 3-Stage preforming Chuck E's Place July 2017
link The 3-Stage preforming It's the 70s July 2018
link The 3-Stage preforming Jasper's Country Classic February 2019
link The 3-Stage preforming Cookies for Santa December 8, 2019
link The 3-Stage preforming Out of this World August 20, 2020

Gallery

Animatronics

Animatronic Serial Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 7-82 1-9 Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Pasqually the Chef / Dook Larue 7-82 2-9 Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 7-82 3-9 Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 7-82 4-9 Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 7-82 5-9 Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Billy Bob 7-82 6-9 Unknown/Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
PizzaCam / Looney Bird 7-82 7-9 Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 7-82 8-9 Unknown/Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Building / Sun 7-82 10-9 Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Moon 7-82 11-9 Destroyed. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Antioch N/A Unknown. Originally from Farmington Hills, MI (29955 Orchard Lake Rd).
Wink N/A Destroyed.
Chuck E. Cheese 16M (Studio C) N/A In Store. Originally from Lafayette, IN (100 S Creasy Lane).