We had some sort of distribution point for Sinclair Oil on Cermak, either on Rockwell or Western Ave. I remember the green trucks with the dinosaur logo.
I remember the Oklahoma stations with the large squarish clocks on a Oklahoma billboard type sign . At night the sign was so bright it blacked out everything around it.. Here's an example at Cermak and Clark. Note that the red has faded to orange.
I thought that pershing and california was a sunoco?? mabey a sinclair long before my time. Now its a muffler shop and they partially kept the sunoco red arrows and changed the inner logo. :( i remember martin on california and interstate 55 with a building above it that burned to the ground in 1997. It had a huge budweiser advertisement on it that faced eastbound 55 traffic. I saw a picture of washburne trade school the other day prbably from the 80s and i guess there was an amoco at 31st and kedzie on the nw side of the street. I would have sworn that gas station was 76 but mabey not. My father told me of a texaco by budweiser on 48th and california.
Just a couple of comments about old gas stations and former supermarkets. I remember Pure Oil becoming Union 76 some time ago (I remember their commercial ditty "Go with the spirit, the spirit of 76), but interestingly on our numerous drives between Florida and Chicage I have noticed a Pure Oil stations displaying the old logo. I never had time to stop at one, but maybe if I find one on our way back to Florida I will.
I am surprised that no one has mentioned the old High-Low (High quality, low prices) stores owned by the Rooney family. Another was Hillman's mostly located in Goldblatts or Sears.
it can still be viewed on google street view. Southwest corner of 27th and lawndale. Its a shame its gone. I wanna go to that former gas station on ogden a block or so west of austin and try to offer cash to owner of the repair shop that still has that union 76 sign
@jak378- the Pure Oil name was originally phased out in the late sixties (by 1970 it was completely gone from stations), when Unocal converted all their locations to Union 76. However, in 1993, the Pure name started to make a comeback in 1993 or so, after Unocal left the southeastern market. The Southeastern Oil Jobbers Cooperative started up to fill this gap, using the Pure name. I'd like to make a road trip down that-a-way, just to photograph a new Pure station.
Pure was, of course, based in Chicago for many years and had a research lab in Crystal Lake. Pure stuff is still around. There's the Pure Oil Silo at the former Meadowdale Raceway in Carpentersville (now called Raceway Woods), as well as several former Pure "cottage" style stations in the area. There's a nice one near me here in Geneva (I remember going there with my folks when it was a 76 station) that's a garden center now, and a couple more in Aurora.
> "Oh beautiful for spacious skies,
> for amber waves of grain
> For Purple Martin gasoline..."
> (I can't be the only one who sang it that way.)
I certainly would have had I known that version. Kids have always had a way to spice up convention though haven't they coffeemom? Anyone remember this patriotic classic:
"Stand beside her, and guide her
through the night with the light from a bulb"
One factor I believe you're overlooking with some of the major chains closing in Chicago is the issue of unions. A & P and National, some of the oldest chains here, had union labor, and I think that is what forced them out of town. Also, an old gas brand here was Deep Rock, which was at the corner of Oak Park and Addison.