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Route 66 in Illinois

from Chicago to Chain of Rocks Bridge; 289 Miles

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Beside the many guidebooks that are available,

the Route 66 Association of Illinois provides valuable tips for .

You also can use this map series , a nice, hand drawn routing with lots of special information.

In case you want to picture the starting sign, we advise to do so by walking to the sign. Traffic is heavy in the morning when you leave and it's hard to find a parking spot to take your pictures. From Grant Park, Historic Route 66 starts at Adams Street. The sign is in front of the Chicago Art Institute.

Here's a selection of sights. Remember: There's much more to see and do.

From Chicago via Cicero to Berwyn and the Bunyon's Cafe. The statue of Mike was moved in 2004.

Lockport on the way to Joliet has a nice old diner.

    The Launching Pad Cafe with the Gemini Giant in Wilmington

Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood

  Marathon Oil Station in Dwight and...

...theStandard Oil Gas Station in Odell

Old Log Cabin and the old Courthouse in Pontiac

Abandoned 66 near Chenoa

Funk's Grove; enjoy some Maple Sirup.  

Dixie Trucker's Home in McLean; now sold.

Route 66 park and murals...

...and the restored grain elevator in Atlanta

66 icons in Lincoln

The Mill outside of Lincoln

The Pig Hip Restaurant is now a museum

 

  The Ariston Cafe in Litchfield

Russell Soulsby's Station in Mt. Olive

Henry's Route 66 Rabbit Ranch in Staunton

 

 

 

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