Postcard postmarked May 8, 1968: Kummerlowe Archive
Illinois Tollway

For a little more than a decade Howard Johnson's had the concession rights to operate its Restaurants along the Illinois Tollway. Prior to Howard Johnson's the service plaza Oases were operated by the once well-known Fred Harvey outfit. Nearly unique in design the Tollway service plazas were called Oases, and all most all of them were over-the-road with gas stations on either side. During the middle 1980s HoJo's had lost its way, and the Oases were converted into fast food restaurants which included McDonald's, Buger King, Wendy's, etc.

The original Oases structures will have all been replaced by the middle 2010s and converted into "food courts."

Hinsdale, Lake Forest, O'Hare, Lincoln, Belvidere, Dekalb, Des Plains

Official Tollway Site

Unofficial historical Site

Postcard circa 1960s: Kummerlowe Archive
Postcard circa 1983: Kummerlowe Archive

Screen shots from The Blues Brothers © 1980 Universal Studios

The O'Hare Oasis was featured in a scene of the movie The Blues Brothers starring John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Carrie Fisher, and other notable characters.

Below & Lower: Carrie Fisher with a flame thrower!


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