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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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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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Begin your Route 66 adventure here.

Begin your Route 66 adventure here.

Welcome to Illinois 66! Currently Adams Street at Michigan Avenue is marked as the starting point, Route 66 never officially departed from there. The start of Route 66 has moved a few times. First, Route 66 began on Jackson Blvd. at Michigan Ave. In 1933,…

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Rockome…a little bit folk art environment, a little bit Amish theme park

Rockome…a little bit folk art environment, a little bit Amish theme park

Rockome Gardens – Arthur and Elizabeth Martin Created 1937-1958 Rock environment Arcola, ILAs far as environments go, Rockome Gardens and the rock work ranks right up at the top. Started in 1939, when Arthur and Elizabeth Martin dreamt to have the largest flower garden in…

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