Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
5257 Old Route 66
Funks Grove, IL
Not exactly road food in the meal sense – hey – sirup is still food! Starting in 1824, the Funk family-owned business has been producing maple “sirup” for over 180 years. Stop for a free tasting, and if you like it, choose between the bottles for sale. The gift shop sells the delicacy. Depending on the season, you may need to make reservations for a visit. They currently draw sap from about 7,000 taps, including 3,000 tubing taps, and produce an average of 1,800 gallons of sirup each season. And they do run out, so spring and early summer are your best times to try and get a taste of the sweetness.
This was a stop on the 2002 Route 66 Caravan, a 66-day road trip led by preservationist and historian, Jim Conkle. He lead the The Route 66 Caravan from “pier to pier,” Santa Monica to Chicago to raise the awareness of Route 66 and the need to preserve it. He posted more than 50 Hampton “Save a Landmark” signs along the route.