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Volo Seeks Iconic Museum

The McDonald’s museum in Des Plaines, a replica of the original, is slated to be torn down in December.

Will Des Plaines’ fabled golden arches one day reach skyward in Volo?

The McDonald’s museum in Des Plaines would definitely be a cool addition to Volo Auto Museum, home to a massive and eclectic collection of all things retro. At least Volo director Brian Grams and thousands of the museum’s Facebook fans think so.

He’s been intrigued ever since he learned Tuesday of plans to demolish the iconic replica restaurant. “I’d love to be able to relocate and restore the entire structure,” he said.

He invited fans to chime in on Facebook and received more than 1,050 shares and 2,129 thumbs up within a day.

One commenter, Gina Sicuro Hermreck, identified herself as the daughter of sign builder Joe Sicuro, who, she said, was approached by Kroc in the ’50s to fabricate and design the “Speedee, the Hamburger Head” neon sign that still graces the Des Plaines museum.

“It holds a special place in my heart,” she wrote. “We lost our dad in May 2016, and driving through Des Plaines and seeing his sign is a comfort. He was very proud of the work he did and knowing his art will be appreciated is a wonderful thing. Thank you again so much for your efforts … hoping it is a success!”

Grams submitted a query to McDonald’s Oak Brook headquarters Wednesday, and said he looks forward to hearing back.

“Our interest is in preserving this American icon,” Grams said. “If, for some reason, it does not work out that we can move the entire structure, we certainly hope to come away with some artifacts. But the goal is the whole thing. We’ll see.”

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