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Choo-Choo Grill
Des Plaines, IL
The Choo-Choo Grill delivers its meals to counter and some booth customers by model train. It opened in 1951 as the third location in a chain of restaurants. I believe the sign is from then. In 1956, the Choo-Choo moved to this spot. The novelty of the train and the homey atmosphere sustained the restaurant when the new McDonald's opened down the street. The neon sign was recently restored. In 2008, the restaurant seemed in jeopardy. The City wanted to expand the fire station next door. However, those plans have been set aside indefinitely. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bert's Chuck Wagon
Collinsville, IL

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Bert's Chuck Wagon opened here in 1965. The sign was originally located on a pole next to the building. The top row of photos is from 2010. Later that year, the restaurant was forced to move to a new location due to road expansion. The building was demolished. The sign was repainted and is now displayed inside the new location (bottom photo). [map]

Lem's BBQ House
Chicago, IL
Lem's BBQ House opened here in 1953. This sign is probably from that time. For more, see this website. [map]

Orange Garden Restaurant
Chicago, IL
The Orange Garden Restaurant opened around 1923. It is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chicago. The restaurant went by a different name until 1932. The facade is probably from the 1940s. The sign may be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Harlo Grill
Melrose Park, IL
The Harlo Grill opened in 1953. It is open 24 hours. For more, see this website. [map]

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