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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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German-style culinary goodness

German-style culinary goodness

Opened in 1889, The Berghoff’s is Chicago’s oldest restaurant, serving fine German food and celebrated their Dortmunder-style beer in the heart of the Loop to Route 66 travelers since the beginning. And they have a killer neon sign. Serving lunch and dinner Full bar Restaurant: Monday…

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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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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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Art-guarding lions

Art-guarding lions

This museum is home to one of the best and most diverse art collections in the world, including George Seurat’s enormous “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Be sure to see Marc Chagall’s breathtaking “America Windows”(tribute to America’s bicentennial), as well…

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Union Station – Route 66 meets Amtrak

Union Station – Route 66 meets Amtrak

You may remember the famous baby carriage on the stairs scene in “The Untouchables.” The magnificent Union Station is located between westbound and eastbound Route 66. Originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham, (”Make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”)…

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