Sure wish I could include all of the Tribune's color photos and maybe you can get it up on your computer. Of course, this is just a small sampling of great signs in the Chicagoland area.
I have never seen any of them but one of the ones I will write about in this entry.
BILL'S PIZZA & PUB, 624 S. LAKE ST. (US-45), MUNDELEIN
Owner Bill Kwiatkowski: In 1957, I found an old Rexall Drug sign at a shop in Waukegan and redesigned it with neon. Our restaurant opened that same year, and the sign went up with it.
Neat sign, even neater inside the place which is real North Woods with in-shell peanuts. Former workers have opened Tammy's in Spring Grove and the several J.J. Twigg's in the northwest suburbs and two in Missouri.
BOOBY'S CHARCOAL RIB, 8161 N. MILWAUKEE AVE., NILES
Co-owner John Protofanousis: "Booby's is a family-owned business. The original owner died, but his wife, Sally Friedman, still works here with us. The guy on the sign is Mr. Friedman, and his boyhood nickname was 'Booby,' so he named the restaurant after himself.
The sign's been up since the place opened in 1961, and it's very well made. ...We haven't had to touch it up since."
I Make It a Habit to Eat At Places With Neat Signs. --RoadDog