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Illinois Signs (page 5)

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Moews Seed Company
Granville, IL
Dutch Pan
Restaurant [gone]
Greenup, IL
Five Star
Motel [gone]
Greenup, IL
Moews Seed Company was established in 1927. The company started using this name in the 1950s. The sign is probably from then. It is located at the company's headquarters. [map]

The Dutch Pan Restaurant was boarded up and closed when this photo was taken in 2006. The sign's ghost letters indicate that this was original the Dutch Pantry. The building had been demolished and the sign was gone by 2007.

The Five Star Motel sign was probably built in the 1950s. This photo is from 2006. By 2013, this motel had become the Greenup Inn and the sign was gone.

Lu-Bob's
Family Restaurant
Greenville, IL
2 Acres
Motel [gone]
Greenville, IL
First Federal
Savings & Loan [gone]
Harrisburg, IL
The Lu-Bob's Family Restaurant sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The 2 Acres Motel had been here since at least the 1960s. This photo is from 2005. By 2013, the building and sign were gone.

The First Federal Savings & Loan sign remained in 2006 although the building was housing an insurance company. By 2010, this sign was gone.

Moose Lodge
Harvard, IL
Windy's Tavern [gone]
Harvard, IL
Big Foot Inn
Harvard, IL
This Moose Lodge sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Windy's Tavern sign was probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2006. By 2012, the bar and sign were gone.

The Big Foot Inn sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Herrin Bowl
Herrin, IL
Park Avenue
Motel [gone]
Herrin, IL
Sabre Room
Hickory Hills, IL
Choice Motel
Highland, IL
The Herrin Bowl and sign are from 1959. In 2002, the building was lost to a fire and was rebuilt. It reopened in 2003. For more, see this website. [map]

The Park Avenue Motel was built in 1961. The owner designed the motel and the sign. The motel has been demolished and the sign is gone. It was reported that the sign would be saved by the City and reinstalled somewhere else on Park Avenue. However, I have also heard that it was put up for sale on eBay. For more, see this website.

The Sabre Room was established in 1949. It closed in 2016. The sign will be sold at auction. For more, see this website. [map]

The Choice Motel also goes by the name of the "Cardinal Inn". It has been here since at least the 1950s. [map]

Del Rio
Restaurant
Highwood, IL
Bannon Floor Coverings
Homewood, IL
Blackhawk Village Inn & Lodge [gone]
Jacksonville, IL
Elks Lodge
Jacksonville, IL
The Del Rio Restaurant has been around since the 1920s. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Bannon Floor Coverings sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

This photo of the Blackhawk Village Inn & Lodge sign is from 2009. Around 2014, the motel became a Knights Inn and the sign was removed.

This Elks Lodge sign may be unique or is at least very rare. I have seen many similar Elks signs but not another like this. B.P.O.E. stands for Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. For some other examples, see these in Arcadia, CA, Daytona Beach, FL, Ironton, OH, Hood River, OR, Galveston, TX, and Fond du Lac, WI. [map]

Stone Motel [gone]
Johnston City, IL
Marchio Floor Coverings [gone]
Joliet, IL
Washington Lanes
Joliet, IL
Stefanich's Restaurant
Joliet, IL
The Stone Motel sign was probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. By 2013, the sign was gone.

The Marchio Floor Coverings sign appeared to be from the 1950s or earlier. This photo is from 2009. The sign was still there in 2012 but gone by 2013.

The Washington Lanes is long gone but this sign remains. [map]

The Stefanich's Restaurant sign was reworked in 2005. "Chicken" has been substituted with "Restaurant", "Tavern" now reads "Lounge", and the "'s" has been dropped from "Stefanich's". The porcelain enamel was painted over when the sign was adapted. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Joliet Signs:
Joe's Hot Dogs
Mitchell's Food Mart
Plaza Hotel: 1, 2

Lincoln Motel [gone]
Jonesboro, IL
Lafayette
Restaurant
Kankakee, IL
People's Drive-in
Cleaners
Kewanee, IL
Flemish-American Club
Kewanee, IL
The Lincoln Motel sign was probably from the 1950s. Around 2012, this sign was replacement with a plastic box sign.

The Lafayette Restaurant was moved to its current location to advertise for Lori's Diner. This sign was originally hung on the Lafayette Hotel. [map]

People's Drive-in Cleaners was established in 1929. This sign is very similar to the one at Pierce Cleaners in Columbus, OH. [map]

The Flemish-American Club sign was built in the 1940s. It originally had neon and the windmill blades turned. The text originally read "Flemish Village". This photo is from 2012. The sign had been repainted by 2013. [map]

Rudy's Liquor Store
La Salle, IL
Tom's Place
Lemont, IL
Tropics Restaurant [gone]
Lincoln, IL
Rudy's Liquor Store opened in 1948 and this sign is probably from that time. [map]

Tom's Place opened in 1924. These mass-produced Blatz Beer signs are much more common in Wisconsin. This page shows some examples in Milwaukee. [map]

The Tropics Restaurant opened in 1950 and was a landmark on Route 66. The name originated from the owner's military service in Hawaii. The restaurant closed around 2005 and the building remained vacant. In 2014, the property was sold and the sign was removed. It was put in storage and will be restored when another location can be found for it. For more, see this website.

More La Salle Signs:
Daniel's Motel [map]

Pedian Rug Co. [gone]
Lincolnwood, IL
The Pedian Rug Co. was founded in 1906. These photos are from 2006. By 2014, the building and sign were gone. For more, see this website.

Vic Suhling Gas for Less
Litchfield, IL
Ariston Cafe
Litchfield, IL
Highland
Manor Motel
Lombard, IL
Lombard Pines
Shopping Center [gone]
Lombard, IL
The Vic Suhling Gas for Less was part of a local chain of four gas stations. It is believed that only one sign was built like this. It was built in 1957 and measures 12 foot wide and tall. The station closed in 1973 and the building was demolished in 1990. This photo is from 2010 when the sign was still standing on the vacant lot. In 2012, the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center was built on lot. The museum and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program split the bill for the sign's $22,550 restoration in 2013. The sign features 75 chasing bulbs on each side. For more, see this website. [map]

The Ariston Cafe is located right across the street from the former Vic Suhling station. The cafe opened in 1924. It moved to this location in 1935. These signs were installed at that time. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Highland Manor Motel has been here since at least the early 1960s. [map]

The Lombard Pines Shopping Center sign looked like it was built in the 1960s. This photo is from 2006. I'm pretty sure that this sign was gone by 2009.

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