Monday, July 21, 2014

The Chicago Neon Tour Continues w/ A Side Trip

The Chicago neon tour rolled through the near western suburbs last week. On a most pleasant evening we make stops in Hillside and Elmhurst. Our lens also made a detour to New York City that included a trip back in time. Here is the itinerary.

Q’s Pizza, Hillside:
Q's Pizzeria is an old school Italian eatery located somewhat off the beaten path in Hillside Il. This hidden gem has been satisfying appetites for more than a half century. You can find it on Butterfield Rd. just west of Wolf. I was glad to see this vintage sign still functioning on our recent trip out shoot it. Although I was sorry the insert sign just below “pizza” was gone. It said "Dinner" and underneath "Wine Draft Beer”.

The York Theater, Elmhurst:

The York Theater in downtown Elmhurst was built in 1924 opening on Labor Day of that year. It was designed by noted theatre architect Elmer Behrns and featuring a Spanish motif. In 1938 the theater underwent a major remodeling switching to it's current art deco look. The sign is not the original but still looks mighty nice. On the second floor you will find the museum and archives of the Theatre Historical Society of America.

The York is now part of a local chain of theaters called Classic Cinema's. You can find out more about them and the York by following the link above.

New York City

Some short clips of various vintage New York City neon signs. We have the Bonds / International Casino building with it's Wrigley Gum animated neon sign classic. Also from Times Square the Planters Peanut sign both these clips are from the 1930's. The Porgy & Bess sign dates from the 1940's. Finally the Newport / New York sign is from the 1980's.

The soundscape was constructed from elements downloaded from Their attributions are below.
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MindsiMedia is my Chicago based Internet broadcasting service that has been up since 2007. We began as a web site to house some of my neon sign photographs. I think that the neon sign is one of mankind's most beautiful creations.

We have more neon videos and photos for your viewing enjoyment. On ChiTownView "The Chicago Neon Tour" playlist can be found here.
We also have a gallery of neon photography at this link..
And we have lots of neon photos posted on our Flickr photostream.
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