Originally Posted by Nowhereman1280
There are no areas like this in Chicago period. Large public advertisements, for whatever reasons, are almost none-existent in the city of Chicago. I've just begun to realize that our downtown is almost completely sterilized of advertising.
If I remember correctly Daley had a hand in this. Apparently he equates big electric ad displays as visual pollution on par with his dreaded and nearly locally defeated nemesis—graffiti. Sad really, because the best cities are cities that are kinetic and electrifying. Big neon displays flutter your soul, no matter what the advertisement is, at least they do me anyway, because it looks and feels like what a big city should look and feel like. Taking that way or preventing it all together is a real disservice I believe.
The old Lake Shore Drive jumbo signs like Pabst and ICRR have been gone for decades. There's hardly any big displays on the expressways anymore either—the Magikist lips are long gone, that one beer display on the Kennedy is still around, but its no work of neon art. Just think of the abundance of business neon we had for miles of thoroughfare, most of it gone, Milwaukee Ave still has some oldtimers. Ever seen that Paradise marquee or the Marbro? Dear God, they just don't make anything quite that spectacular anymore—at least not in Chicago.