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Illinois Signs (page 7)

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Stan the Tire Man [gone]
Mount Vernon, IL
Pittsburgh Paints
Nauvoo, IL
Stan the Tire Man opened in 1951. This sign was built a couple of years after that. The top part of the sign with the bulbs is made of stainless steel. It appears that this part of the sign was added after 1965. In 2015, the store closed. The owner plans to remove and sell the sign.

This Pittsburgh Paints sign hangs above Kraus Home Furnishings. These embossed plastic signs were mass-produced and there are still a number of them around the country. [map]

Naperville:
Russell's Cleaners

Booby's Charcoal Rib
Niles, IL
Imperial House of Glass Blocks
Niles, IL
Booby's Charcoal Rib opened in 1961 and this sign is from then. The man depicted on the sign is restaurant's founder, Ronald "Booby" Friedman. [map]

The Imperial House of Glass Blocks features this cute plastic sign and a fašade display of the company's products. [map]

Petey's Bungalow Lounge
Oak Lawn, IL
Reichman Jewelers
Oak Lawn, IL
The Petey's Bungalow Lounge sign was built in 1965. For more, see this website. [map]

Reichman Jewelers has been around since 1908. For more, see this website. [map]

More Oak Lawn:
Cupid Candies
Les Brothers Restaurant
Rusty Nail Cocktail Lounge

Oak Park:
Petersen's Ice Cream

Sparkle Cleaners
Oglesby, IL
Garzanelli's Supper Club
Oglesby, IL
The Sparkle Cleaners sign appears to have been recently adapted. The "Sparkle" lettering on the middle portion, as well as the starbursts, appear to be modern. The sign's neon is now protected behind clear plastic panels.

The Garzanelli's Supper Club sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Prairie Farms
Olney, IL
This Prairie Farms Dairy sign hangs on the company's processing plant. [map]

Oswego:
Oswego Hardware [gone]

Tino's Shoe Repair
Ottawa, IL
Sands Motel
Ottawa, IL
Woody's
Steak House
Ottawa, IL
Monte's Riverside Inn
Ottawa, IL
I have no idea how old this Tino's Shoe Repair sign is. The store is still in business. [map]

The Sands Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Woody's Steak House sign apparently revolved at one time. It was not spinning when this photo was taken in 2009. [map]

The Monte's Riverside Inn sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

Brunner Auto Supply
Pana, IL
Maurie's Candies
Pekin, IL
Siegle-Hunt
Lumber
Peoria, IL
The neon has been removed from the Brunner Auto Supply sign. It is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. The store is now part of the Napa Auto Parts chain but this sign remains. [map]

Maurie's Candies is a newsstand, candy shop, and convenience store with two old signs. This photo is from 2006. The sign's neon was restored around 2010. The sign was removed in 2012 for a more thorough restoration. The Karmelkorn-News sign was also taken down. It was donated to the local history museum. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Siegle-Hunt Lumber features a wood, log-shaped sign. [map]

More Pekin:
Andy's Diner

More Peoria:
Emo's Ice Cream
Town N Country Bowl [gone]

Pontiac:
Schlitz

Masonic
Temple
Peru, IL
Lowry Farm
Pittsfield, IL
Green Acres Motel
Pittsfield, IL
Cardinal Inn Cafe
Pittsfield, IL
Hotel Elkton
Quincy, IL
The glass globes on this Masonic Temple sign are in great shape. [map]

I believe Lowry Farm was a horse farm at one time. The neon horse's legs were apparently animated. [map]

The star on the Green Acres Motel sign was apparently inspired by the Holiday Inn sign which was developed in 1952. [map]

The Cardinal Inn Cafe pole sign was refurbished sometime between 1998 and 2004. The Cafe's smaller sign was installed above the restaurant's entrance. These photos are from 2009. Sometime between 2012 and 2015, the restaurant moved to a new location. Both signs were moved and installed there. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Hotel Elkton sign was probably built in 1959 which is when the Patio Restaurant opened. For more, see this website. [map]

Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop
Quincy, IL
Pepsi
Quincy, IL
Roy Bennett Furniture
Quincy, IL
This Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop opened in 1928. The chain was established in Iowa in 1926. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. Another old location exists in Macomb, IL. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Pepsi sign is from the early 1960s when the Pepsi bottling plant below it was built. The production has moved to a new location but Pepsi continues to use this building for distribution and warehousing. The sign was refurbished in 2002. For more, see this website. [map]

Roy Bennett Furniture has been around since 1914. [map]

More Quincy:
Bel Aire Motel

Rantoul Motel
Rantoul, IL
Litchfield
Hardware
Rantoul, IL
Furniture World
Rantoul, IL
Beacon
Restaurant [gone]
Rochelle, IL
The Rantoul Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Litchfield Hardware opened in 1955 and this sign appears to be from then. The store closed in 1996. It housed Craft Woodworking after that. The building has been vacant since then but, as of 2014, it is being renovated. The owner plans to keep the sign in place. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Furniture World opened in the 1950s. Does anyone know what's behind the part of the sign that's covered up? [map]

The Beacon Restaurant featured this lighthouse-shaped sign. The neon was removed at some point. By 2010, the building housed the New China Buffet restaurant. The sign was replaced with a plastic box sign.

Sawicki Motors [gone]
Rochelle, IL
Sawicki Motors featured vintage Chevrolet OK Used Car signs. These photos are from 2008. By 2015, these signs were gone and there was a new showroom.

More Rochelle:
Quinn's Jewelry [map]

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