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, the beginning (and end) was moved east to Jackson and Lake Shore Drive. Then in 1955, Jackson Blvd became a one way eastbound west of Michigan Ave. and Adams St became the westbound US-66. However the start of US-66 remained on Jackson at Lake Shore Drive.

But … the end point is easier to find: after 1933 it is at Jackson Blvd. and Lake Shore Drive; before 1933, it was at the intersection of Jackson Blvd and Michigan Ave (which is marked as the terminus.)

Beginning of Route 66 sign

Adams and Michigan Blvd
Chicago, IL