Illinois Signs (page 10)

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Illinois Railway Museum
Union, IL
The Illinois Railway Museum has a huge collection of trains and related items. All of these neon signs have been restored and are operable. The Santa Fe sign in the bottom row above came from Chicago. It was a recent acquisition when these photos were taken in 2012. It was restored and relit in 2016. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Courtesy Motel
Urbana, IL
Jane Isbell Jewelry [gone]
Vandalia, IL
The Courtesy Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Jane Isbell Jewelry sign was probably from the 1950s. The jewelry store was gone and the space was occupied by Lulu's Stuff N Such when this photo was taken in 2010. The owner of the building planned to sell the sign. However, it was still there in 2013. In 2016, the store was vacant and the sign remained. The sign was gone by 2018.

More Urbana Signs:
Blossom Basket
Brownie's Market

Veach's Truck Stop [gone]
Vienna, IL
Brer Rabbit
Motel [gone]
Villa Park, IL
These photos of Veach's Truck Stop signs were taken in 2006. The plastic signs were adapted Gulf gas signs. Even the same colors were kept. The neon sign was installed on the side of the gas station. By 2008, the truck stop and the signs were gone. I'm told that the neon sign is now in a private collection. Veach Oil was founded in 1925. The company's headquarters was in Vienna, IL and there were many Veach gas stations in Illinois. I believe the company is defunct now and I would assume that the stations have closed now, too.

The Brer Rabbit Motel featured this nearly fully-functioning old neon sign. This sign was replaced with a plastic box sign around 2008. The original is now owned by a private collector in Indiana. [night photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

Villa Grove Signs:

More Villa Park Signs:
Al's Smoke Shop [gone]
Hi-View Restaurant

J's Peter Pan Cleaners [gone]
Villa Park, IL
It looks like the "J's" of J's Peter Pan Cleaners was a later addition. The business closed and the sign was removed in 2019.

Wataga Signs:
Rib Shack

King's Home Furnishings [gone]
Waukegan, IL
Seven Dwarfs
Family Restaurant
Wheaton, IL
Malloy's Sav-way Liquors
Wheaton, IL
King's Home Furnishings opened in 1959 and this rooftop sign was probably from then. The store closed in 2019 and the sign is gone.

The Seven Dwarfs Family Restaurant sign was built in 1951. This photo is from 2006. In 2010, the sign was repainted and the bulbs were removed. Around 2015, the blue panels were repainted red. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Malloy's Sav-way Liquors opened around 1938. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This store might have been part of the Sav-way Liquors chain which has other locations in Illinois. I don't think any of the other Sav-way stores have signs like this. The first photo above is from 2006. This sign was repainted in 2008. The Sav-Way panel has been painted over. The store is now known as Malloy's Liquors. The second photo is from 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

More Waukegan Signs:
Juan's Chuck Wagon [gone]
Louie's Pizza [map]
Lucky Food Restaurant

West Chicago Signs:
West Wind Motel [gone]

More Wheaton Signs:
Paoletti's Cleaners

Wheeling Signs:
Joe's Pizzeria

Dell Rhea Chicken Basket
Willowbrook, IL
Ballroom [gone]
Willow Springs, IL
The Chicken Basket opened in 1938 inside a gas station. It moved to this building in 1946 and this sign was built then. In the early 1960s, the interstate was built and street traffic waned. In 1963, Dell Rhea bought the restaurant and changed the name to the Craftwood Inn. He changed the name and sign back to the Chicken Basket less than a year later. He had his name added to the top of the sign then. It had originally read "Nationally Famous". In 2017, the sign was restored and relit. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Willowbrook Ballroom was established in 1921 as "Oh Henry Park". It was renamed the Willowbrook Ballroom in 1959 and this sign is probably from then. In 2016, a devastating fire destroyed the ballroom. There are plans to rebuild it. The building has been demolished and the property is being developed for housing. The sign is gone. I don't know if it was saved. I haven't found any mention of plans to reinstall it. For more, see this website.

More Willowbrook Signs:
Willowbrook Bowl [gone]

Gold Medal Cleaners
Wilmette, IL
VFW [gone]
Wilmington, IL
Chevrolet and Buick
Wilmington, IL
The Gold Medal Cleaners sign was built in 1958. This photo is from 2006. The sign was restored in 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

This VFW sign was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It was still there in 2016. However, by 2018, both the building and sign were gone. For more, see this website.

The Lombardi Chevrolet and Buick sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. In 2020, the top panel was covered with a vinyl tarp reading "Arnie Bauer." The tarp was still there in 2021. For more, see this website. [map]

More Wilmette Signs:
Millen Hardware [map]

Winchester Signs:
Hotel Winchester

Woodstock Signs:
Ray Wolf Jewelers
Wayne's Lanes

More Illinois Signs:
Rexall Drug Stores (various cities)

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