The Neon Jungle

Growing up near Chicago in the late 1970’s, two iconic signs loomed over the expressways in and out of the city.  The first was at Harlem Avenue off of the Eisenhower Expressway, and it is still there today.

Ferrara Pan Candy

The Ferrara Pan Candy sign marks the spot of the candy factory in Forest Park.  As long as they continue to make Lemon Heads and Red Hots at the factory, this sign should be safe.

But many other signs have disappeared from the city, including my other childhood favorite, the Magikist Lips.

Magikist Lips

The giant lips towered over the expressways of Chicago, and at night they would light up the sky with a red glow from the neon tubes,  but when the carpet cleaning company folded, the last of the signs also disappeared.


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