A group devoted to the preservation and promotion of Historic Route 66 in Illinois. Includes photographs and other information about sights along the route.
Jackson Boulevard was the starting point for the original Route 66, which means you can drive into Chicago on the “Mother Road” from the Kennedy Expressway, Illinois Interstate 90/94. Exit Jackson east and look for Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant on your right located near the intersection of Jackson and Jefferson. Route 66 was created in 1926
Above: The Chicago Art Museum
Left: The famous Buckingham Fountains in Grants Park, with the Chicago Skyline in the background.
Below: The Navy Pier with lots for families to enjoy.
Left: A montage of images showing Joliet's promotion of Route 66.
Below: The Joliet Area Historical Museum features interesting exhibits and a fully-stocked gift shop with something for everyone.
The Joliet Prison is closed now, but is an excellent place to take photos. The Prison was made famous in the popular "Blues Brothers" movie.
In this scene early in the movie, Elwood is picking up his brother "Joliet" Jake who was just released from the Joliet prison.
Located across from the Palms Grill is the new Gunnars Mast Trading Post. The store is full of Antiques, Collectibles, Rockabilly Art, Rock & Roll items, Books, Photos, Hats, Records and More! They are open 7 days, 8am to 8pm. Call 217-735-3177
Above, the PALMS CAFE & GRILL serves-up a genuine slice of Americana.
Above, the giant Hot Dog Man is a real attention getter in Atlanta.
Honest Abe stands in front of the Illinois Capitol building. A replica of the Liberty Bell near fountains on the Capitol lawn.
The Cozy Dog Drive-In is the home of the one and only Cozy Dog, a tasty hot dog on a stick, created by proprietor Ed Waldmire Jr. in the 1940's. Ed's son, Bob Walmire, is a famous Route 66 artist, and his ink drawings are on display along with other Mother Road exhibits.
Cozy Dogs are made by the hundreds every day, and are rated the best anywhere. Above, the "Lauderbach Giant" was originally intended to be a representation of Paul Bunyan holding an ax. It stands now at a tire and auto repair business.