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Other Roadside Motels Midwest

 

Tangiers Motel
IL
Photo courtesy Don Gardner

The Tangiers Motel sports a fantastic Moroccan themed marquee outside. Just check out the way the sword image fits in with the scripting and colors of this roadside sign. This motel is located somewhere in IL.

 

 

Star Lite Motel
Photo courtesy Don Gardner

Now, this is some motel sign! Check out the different shapes that make up this sign for the Star Lite Motel. Not to mention the different colors. Who said that googie is found only on the West Coast?

 

 

Ohio House Motel
Chicago, IL
Photo and info courtesy Jason Carlton

Probably one of the last mid-century/roadside style hotels still left standing in the Chicago Loop District, the Ohio House Motel even features a coffee shop within the complex.

 

 

 

 

Tip Top Motel
Chicago, IL
Photo courtesy Don Gardner

Another fine marquee sits outside the Tip Top Motel in Chicago, IL. This motel isthat was built back in 1959 is another of the old rooadside motels found along Lincoln Avenue in Chicago that stands the test of time.

 

Tip Top Motel
Chicago, IL
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

Not sure if the Tip Top Motel is still in tip top shape in the Chicago area these days. 11-05

 

UPDATE 09/17 : The Tip Top Motel and is sign is no longer. The motel is now called the River Park Motel and very little remains of its signage. 09-17

 

 

Star's Motel (Gone)
Chicago, IL
Photo courtesy Don Gardner

The Stars Motel that dates back to 1956 still sits along the roadside in Chicago, IL. This googie sign found along busy Lincoln Avenue is a reminder to the signage that used be quite popular after the war.

 

Stars Motel (Demolished)
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

 

UPDATE 09/06 : The Stars Motel on Lincoln Avenue is in the process of being demolished for new condo development. Thanks to the concern by the new developer over saving this sign, the sign was placed on eBay and sold for about a hundred dollars. The sign was purchased with plans to install it in a clothing store on Armitage Avenue in Chicago. Many thanks to Scott Schiller for update. 09-06

UPDATE 09/17 : The Stars Motel sign still stands, however an empty lot remains where the motel once stood. The condo that was planned never happened. 09-17

 

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