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Illinois Signs (page 3)

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Town Hall Bowl
Cicero, IL
Auto Clutch
All Brake [gone]
Cicero, IL
Cindy Lyn Motel
Cicero, IL
Rosicky's
National Cleaners
Cicero, IL
The Town Hall Bowl sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

Auto Clutch All Brake sold wholesale truck parts/accessories and repairs truck engines. This photo is from 2006. By 2008, the sign was gone.

The Cindy Lyn Motel opened in 1960 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Rosicky's National Cleaners sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

Chicago Clock Co.
Clarendon Hills, IL
Butterfield
Jewelers
Collinsville, IL
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Collinsville, IL
Horseshoe Lounge
& Restaurant
Collinsville, IL
Ashmann's Pharmacy
Collinsville, IL
The Chicago Clock Co. has been around since 1917. For more, see this website. [map]

Butterfield Jewelers was established in 1936. In 1954, the company moved to this former bank building. The sign is probably from then. [map]

This Independent Order of Odd Fellows sign is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. The lodge was built in 1848. [map]

The Horseshoe Lounge & Restaurant sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

The Ashmann's Pharmacy sign is probably from the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Countryside:
Countryside Liquors
Prestige Liquors

Crest Hill:
Merichka's

Southwest
Ice Arena
Crestwood, IL
Crete Lanes [gone]
Crete, IL
Metro Bowl
Crystal Lake, IL
The Southwest Ice Arena opened in 1975 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Crete Lanes sign was restored around 2009 when this photo was taken. The neon was lit in three-part animation. When the bowling alley closed around 2016, Evil Horse Brewing Co. moved into the building. The sign is now displayed inside the bar. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Metro Bowl opened in 1956. The name came from the original owner, William G. Metropulos. [map]

Hotel Harwal [gone]
Danville, IL
Millikin Dry Cleaners
Danville, IL
Pines Shopping Center
Decatur, IL
The Hotel Harwal sign is probably from the 1920s or 1930s. It was removed in 2015 out of safety concerns and put in storage.

Millikin Dry Cleaners was established in 1919. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The business closed in 2014. This photo is from 2010. The store was still vacant and the sign was still there in 2015. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

These photos of the Pines Shopping Center signs are from 2009. By 2010, the main sign was replaced with a new SAV-A-LOT sign. The entrance and exit signs still remain. They are probably from the 1950s. [map]

More Danville:
Candle Lite Motel [vintage; gone]
Little Nugget Steakhouse

Pla-Mor Lanes
Decatur, IL
The Pla-Mor Lanes signs are probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Sandy's Motel
Decatur, IL
Soy City Motel
Decatur, IL
Del's Popcorn Shop
Decatur, IL
Raupp's Shoes
Decatur, IL
Rigdon Auto Glass
Decatur, IL
The Sandy's Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

The Soy City Motel name is a reference to Decatur's nickname and claim to be the Soybean Capital of the World. For more, see this website. [map]

Del's Popcorn Shop opened in 1934 as The Popcorn Shop. In 1946, the name was changed to Del's Popcorn Shop. I assume this sign was built at that time. Another location opened in Springfield, IL in 1980. For more, see this website. [map]

Raupp's Shoes opened here in 1909. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Rigdon Auto Glass sign is probably from the 1960s. [photo thanks Wes Worsham] [map]

More Decatur:
Eldorado Bowl: 1, 2 [vintage; gone]

More Des Plaines:
Choo-Choo Grill

Sugar Bowl Restaurant
Des Plaines, IL
2007: 2013:
The Sugar Bowl restaurant opened in 1921. This sign was built in 1957. The text on the bottom part of the sign originally alternated between "Sweet Shop" and "Ice Cream". In 2009, the new owner wanted to alter the sign with a new business name but the City prohibited it. The name was kept but the text on the lower part of the sign was changed to read "Pancakes and More". For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Sim's Bowl [gone]
Des Plaines, IL
Walter C. Knack Co.
Dixon, IL
Sim's Bowl opened in 1956 and closed in 2009. The red letters originally spelled out "16 Lanes". The building was demolished in 2011. I don't know if any parts of the sign were saved.

The Walter C. Knack Co. appears to be gone now. It sounds like it was a vending machine company. [map]

Hey Brothers Ice Cream
Dixon, IL
Hey Brothers Ice Cream was produced in northwestern Illinois from the 1910s to the early 1990s. This sign hangs at a long closed factory in Dixon which was the last to close. For more, see this website. [map]

Dolton:
Norco Cleaners

Duellman's
Motel [gone]
Downers Grove, IL
Tivoli Bowl
Downers Grove, IL
Schnee's Lounge [gone]
East Dubuque, IL
Duellman's Motel closed sometime after this 2006 photo was taken. The sign was removed sometime after 2012. For more, see this website.

The Tivoli Bowl shares a building with the Tivoli Theatre which opened in 1928. [map]

Schnee's Lounge has been abandoned since at least 2007. The vitrolite facade was missing some tiles when this photo was taken in 2009. By 2013, the building and sign were gone. For more, see this website.

Timmerman's Supper Club & Motor Inn [gone]
East Dubuque, IL
The Timmerman's Supper Club & Motor Inn were going by two different names in 2010 when this photo was taken: the Timmerman's Hotel & Resort and the Timmerman's Supper Club. The Supper Club was built in 1961 and the Motor Inn in 1974. There were two of these signs, facing different directions. By 2015, both signs had been modernized with backlit plastic letters. By then, the hotel had closed and the "Motor Inn" letters were removed. For more, see this website.

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