Begin your journey down Route 66
at Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant
in Chicago, famous for their donut holes and milk duds for the ladies. Heading southwest on the Mother Road
, you will want to stop at the Berwyn Route 66 Museum
to discover an ever increasing collection of memorabilia and information about the history of Berwyn’s Route 66
Route 66 Wayside Exhibits, which can be found in Berwyn, Countryside, Willowbrook, and Romeoville, tell unique and often surprising tales of the road from the local community. Newly added Experience Hubs, located in Romeoville, Joliet and Wilmington each have a story to tell while you listen to Get your Kicks on Route 66.
Travelling down Route 66 (now designated Route 53) stop at White Fence Farm, home to the “World’s Greatest Chicken.” Next door is Montana Charlie’s Little America Flea Market, an outdoor extravaganza of new and old items, furniture and food: you may even find some Route 66 collectibles.
Before leaving town, treat yourself to lunch at Joliet Route 66 Diner. Afterwards try your luck at Harrah’s Casino, walk along the DesPlaines River in beautiful Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, or stop in the Rialto Square Theatre, a magnificently restored vaudeville theater circa 1926.
Take your photo with the Gemini Giant, a fiberglass rocket man remnant from the country’s fascination with space travel during the 1960’s. The Polk-a-Dot Drive In serves up great food and Route 66 themed fun. Take your photo with Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, The Blues Brothers, and Betty Boop.
Take your time, hurry up, and explore at your own pace. No matter how you decide to take it all in, this little 75 mile stretch of America’s Main Street in the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor has so much more to see and explore. It’s definitely worth the ride.
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