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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

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.

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Keepers of the Clock at the Atlanta Museum

Keepers of the Clock at the Atlanta Museum

Atlanta Public Library, Museum and Clock Tower 100 SE Race St Atlanta, IL (217) 648-2112 Route 66 attraction, Architecture Built in 1908, the octagonal library with a 36- ft clock tower is now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places. The clock tower…

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Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Although the music doesn’t really work with the imagery, and they “went backwards” from LA to Chicago, this is a fun representation of all (or at least most) of the city limit signs you will encounter all along route 66.     (Thanks to Ron…

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Truth, justice, and the American way. Welcome to the home of Superman

Truth, justice, and the American way. Welcome to the home of Superman

Superman 611 Market Street Metropolis, IL 618-524- “Zippy the Pinhead” location Its a great photo op to pose with the statue of Superman in the self-proclaimed “Superman’s Hometown” – Metropolis, Illinois. Plus there are cut-outs for photo ops, and a spiffy museum. Metropolis is the…

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Rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck!

Rub Lincoln’s nose for good luck!

Lincoln’s Lucky Nose 1441 Monument Ave Springfield, IL (OK, it’s the day after Lincoln’s birthday, but the party goes on …) Legend has it that if you rub his nose, you will have good luck. Who knows? (just a slight side trip off of Route…

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Rabbit, Rabbit at Henry’s Ra66it Ranch

Rabbit, Rabbit at Henry’s Ra66it Ranch

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch 1107 Historic Old Route 66 Staunton, IL 618 635-5655 website Petroliana All kinds of rabbits! Perfect for the first day of the month! Cars and bunnies are both found at this Route 66 spot. Check out the car ‘henge of VW Rabbits…

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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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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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