Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Magiskist Carpet sign that once stood near 87th & Dan Ryan #tbt

The Magikist sign was a childhood landmark for myself until it was dismantled in 1992 according to Pete Kasantes of Vanished Chicagoland. I'm sharing this with you as the Chatham neighborhood was home to this recognizable landmark for many commuters going into the city on the Dan Ryan Expressway. I was disappointed to see it was gone at some point in the 1990s, however, the memories remain.


Magikist went out of the business in 2001 according to this wiki article. They were known for being a rug cleaning company, so perhaps for someone unfamiliar with their services or products some might be wondering where the lips come into play. Regardless if you were looking in the direction of that sign it was a recognizable and memorable landmark and there were others on other expressways throughout the city.

There was one on the Eisenhower and Kennedy Expressways - near Montrose - and both have since been torn down. The Magiskist sign on the Kennedy was the last to go in 2003. 

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