Chicagoland's Amazing Neon Signs

07/08/2010 06:15 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

There's something about old neon signs that commands attention. That's the point, obviously: These glowing advertisements were built to stand out among other businesses also vying to attract your eyeballs. But part of the reason you crane your neck as you drive by a particularly flashy vintage sign is their rarity--there just aren't a lot of them left. Rather than pay the pricey upkeep costs, many businesses replace dilapidated neon with backlit plastic signs that don't have an ounce of the personality and style of their tubular predecessors.

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