The first store at 501 N. Chicago Street (Route 66) in Joliet, Illinois, was gone by 1954 and replaced by a lawn mower store. After that, it served as a furniture, plumbing, heating and air conditioning and a potters store before Joliet restaurant-owner John Georgouses bought it in 2006.
Sherb Noble's daughter, Sue Stevens, is still in the ice cream business and own seven Dairy Queens in Kane and Kankakee counties. Her father died in 1991 at the age 82.
Actually, I'd really like to see Dairy Queen purchase the building and turn it into a museum. It would only be fitting. Companies need to respect their heritage. It would definitely be a place I would put on my must-visit list in future drives along Route 66.
A Dairy Queen in Every Town? --RoadDog