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Sandy Tuschen enjoys an ice cream cone with her grandson Brooks Blom at the 281 Diner in Stickney Tuesday. (Chris Huber/Republic)

Drive-in restaurants still reign supreme

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Their delightfully gaudy and bright signs beckon to travelers grown weary from a day of summer heat.

Their sounds and smells are seductive: the crunch of fresh-cut fries, the sizzle and smell of burgers on the grill, the grind of a blender and the pleasing chill of a chocolate shake, and the twirling sweetness of a soft-serve cone.

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