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A diagonal cut across connect Chicago to St. Louis, most of Route 66 in Illinois is a rural ride. Despite the urban ends, much of its almost 436-mile trek pass along the flatlands and small towns with wide open vistas. Plan eight hours to drive the Illinois section (or two – three days with stops).

Springfield, IL is the only state capitol along 66, (if you don’t count Santa Fe, NM on an alternate route) and has preserved its sections of Route 66. Most of the small towns play up their Route 66 roots, and have at least one true landmark. East St. Louis isn’t the most scenic, although once you cross the Mississippi, it does improve.

Designated as a National Scenic Byway on September 22, 2005.

Illinois 66 Associations

Route 66 Association of Illinois

Illinois 66

 

Cozy up to a Cozy Dog

Cozy up to a Cozy Dog

Cozy Dog Drive In 2935 S 6th St Springfield, IL 217-525-1992 website Drive In, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Souvenirs, Inspiration for “Cars” location This is the birthplace for the Cozy Dog – better than a mere corn dog, they say. It’s crunchy! On the road, you…

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I dodged cars at the intersection of West Kinzie Street and State Street, trying to get the exact angle that was featured on one of my favorite Wilco albums, the pivotal 2002 “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” only to finally realize that the designer must have flopped the image….

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Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo”

Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo”

Installed in 1973 this sculpture was created by Alexander Calder, one of the most eminent sculptors of the 20th century American art. Brilliant orange color (aka “Calder Red”) and the graceful curves are a great contrast to the three black and blocky Mies Van Der…

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Willis Tower Skydeck

Willis Tower Skydeck

Sears Tower was sold in 2009, and it still is the tallest building on Route 66! If you feel particularly adventurous step outside the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s…

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Cheezborger, Cheezborger, No fries, cheeps. No Pepsi, Coke.

Cheezborger, Cheezborger, No fries, cheeps. No Pepsi, Coke.

This classic joint was immortalized by John Belushi and crew from Saturday Night Live … and really isn’t that far from the start of Route 66. Legend (and their website) has it that Greek immigrant owner William Sianis became known as “Billy Goat,” when a…

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A Chicago drawbridge

A Chicago drawbridge

The 1927 double leaf Adams Street Bridge is one of Chicago’s moveable bridges that lift for boat traffic along the south branch of the Chicago River. Back in the 19th century, the downtown Chicago River was the city’s main harbor, filled with Great Lakes vessels…

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C-H-I-C-A-G-O!

C-H-I-C-A-G-O!

The sign is iconic, and the grandeur often leaves its visitors in awe. The vertical sign “C-H-I-C-A-G-O,” at nearly six stories high, is one of the few such signs in existence today. Chicago Theater 175 North State Street Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 462-6300 http://www.thechicagotheatre.com The elegant…

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A real deal diner and Milk Duds!

A real deal diner and Milk Duds!

Located near the beginning of Route 66. Its classic neon sign boasts “Serving the World’s Finest Coffee,” Lou Mitchell’s classic diner has been open in Chicago since 1923 (at it’s current location since 1950.) The constant crowds reinforce the truth: the skillet-served meals are really,…

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A big shiny bean …

A big shiny bean …

Despite the cold, damp, windy day that is typical of a Chicago winter, Millenium Park was the happening place to be. Ice skating and gawking at the amazing public art seems to defy any meteorological difficulties. Millennium Park 201 East Randolph Chicago, Illinois 60602 (312)…

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Trade squished between two building

Trade squished between two building

Standing 605 feet tall, the Chicago Board of Trade was designed by architects Holabird & Root and once the tallest in Chicago. This 1930 Art Deco building incorporates sculptural work by Alvin Meyer and is topped by a 31-foot tall faceless statue of the Roman…

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