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Neon Eateries Midwest


Orange Garden
Chicago, IL
Photo and info Chibbqking

Chicago, IL is home to this Chinese restaurant delight called the Orange Garden. Located in the Lakeview area of town, the Orange Garden prominently displays the words "chop suey" on its sign leaving no doubt as to the type of cuisine served here. According to the Chibbqking site, the restaurant appears from the 1950s era with its old black leather booths and dim lighting. 07-09



Mr. J's Dawg 'N Burger
Chicago, IL
Photo and info courtesy Chibbqking

Mr. J's Dawg 'N Burger is a late night staple in the downtown area of Chicago. Serving all sorts of late night eats like Chicago dogs, burgers, and gyros, Mr. J's is well worth a stop to address the late night munchies. Get more information on the food served here at Chibbqking. 07-09




Mack's Golden Pheasant
Elmhurst, IL
Photo and info courtesy Luke Mack

The marquee for Mack's Golden Pheasant was recently restored. The sign itself is dated inside 1936.

According to the Mack's Golden Pheasant website, the business is the oldest continuously family owned restaurant in DuPage County and started up sometime in the late 1930's or early 1940's. After being devastated by fire in 1962, the Golden Pheasant was rebuilt and has been a survivor to this day. 11-09



Sparkle Shops DonutsSparkle Shops Donuts (Gone)
Rockford, IL
Photo courtesy Kelly Sullivan

Check out this bright neon sign that used to leave no doubt to motorists passing through Rockford, IL that they were passing by Sparkle Shops Donuts. Unfortunately, the donut shop and neon sign are now gone. replaced by a Walgreen's. 08-10



Powers Hamburgers
Fort Wayne, IN
Photo courtesy Alan Culley

Here's the neon sign at the Powers Hamburgers, located in Fort Wayne, IN. 07-07






Powers Hamburgers has been a Fort Wayne burger institution since 1940. Located in an art deco styled building, Powers is located in the downtown area and is known for their sliders and dishes such as the Garbage Plate. 01-12

More information can be found at:
Serious Eats
Fort Worth Insider


Powers Hamburgers
Fort Wayne, IN
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Word is the average eater at Powers orders 3 to 4 burgers











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