SAWA'S OLD WARSAW RESTAURANT, 9200 W. CERMAK ROAD, BROADVIEW
Owner Stuart Sawa says the sign has been up for about 50 years. Right Way Signs maintains it and even changed it as it used to be the sign for an Italian restaurant called Parella's in 1970.
MERICHKA'S, 604 THEODORE ST., CREST HILL
Co-owner Joe Zdralevich Jr. says his dad was a lithographer, artist and designer for a greeting card company in Joliet. "He and and my my grandmother Mary (Merichka in Slovenian) started the restaurant in 1933 and had the sign made in 1960... in the shape of a boomerang, because people kept coming back."
FISH KEG, 2233 W. HOWARD STREET, CHICAGO
Owner Monty Williamson: "We opened in 1951 and the sign went up shortly after. My cousin, my father-in-law and his brother designed the sign, and MK Signs manufactured it. We took it down once about 10 years ago and the building looked bare without it-- people drove right by us. So we fixed the sign, put it back up, and now we see families outside taking pictures of it almost every day."
What's In a Sign. --RoadDog