I took this photo after work one day, on location in North Riverside Illinois. I was walking and exploring Commons Park on DesPlaines Avenue, and found the old neon sign from the legendary "Melody Mill Ballroom", in the public works little storage lot behind a chain link fence. The property that is Commons Park, was once a golf driving range. The old Melody Mill Ballroom was immediately adjacent to the property. The Melody Mill Ballroom was demolished around the late 1970's along with the golf driving range, and was redeveloped into todays Commons Park. There is a local Chicago ghost story, about how supposidly the apparition known as "Ressurection Mary" used to dance here and ask for rides home afterwards, only to dissapear into the night in front of Ressurection Cemetery. The Melody Mill was frequented by many older Chicagoans, and they would dance -socialize -and listen to 1940's swing / big band music.
The old ballroom is long gone, but the old sign is sitting in limbo for the time being. I personally think that it would be nice, if they could "Restore" the old sign, and make it an exhibit in a future local Historical Museum of some sort. It would be very nice.