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Joliet Honors Site of First Dairy Queen® with Historic Designation & Celebration on May 20

You're Invited to attend the FREE Historic Designation Ceremony of the 1st DQ on Friday May 20, 2011

You're Invited to attend the FREE Historic Designation Ceremony of the 1st DQ on Friday May 20, 2011

The City of Joliet, in partnership with the Joliet Historic Preservation Commission and American Dairy Queen Corporation, will honor the site of the world’s first Dairy Queen® location on Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon with a historic designation and celebration at the Joliet Area Historical Museum Route 66 Welcome Center at 204 N. Ottawa St. Media and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The ceremony will feature speeches from dignitaries including International Dairy Queen, Inc. President and CEO John Gainor and reflections on the building located at 501 N. Chicago St. in Joliet. Constructed in 1895, the building became the site of world’s first Dairy Queen store on June 22, 1940. Operated by the Noble and McCullough families, that Dairy Queen location introduced the DQ® system’s now famous soft serve to the area (after its invention in Kankakee). The Joliet DQ site operated well into the 1950s before the building took on an evolution of sales and owners. The building is currently owned by John Georgouses and operates as a Unitarian Church.

Dairy Queen has advanced from its Joliet starting point in 1940 to nearly 6,000 stores in the U.S. and throughout the world today.

Area officials, Gainor and members of the Noble family will honor this historic landmark with an official designation and recognition. A formal plaque will be presented for installation at the building’s site.

Please call City of Joliet Media & Communications Office at 815.724.4462 for further information.

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