The First 100 Miles of Route 66
Start in Chicago, travel through Joliet to Pontiac and experience Route 66 in Illinois. The first 100 miles are full of nostalgia and kitsch. At the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, you can pose with The Blues Brothers and learn more about the historic “Mother Road.” After that, walk a few blocks and snap a photo in front of the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre and its classic marquee.
Tour the Old Joliet Prison, closed since 2002, which housed both infamous and fictional convicts from John Wayne Gacy to “Joliet Jake.” The stops between Joliet and Pontiac are truly entertaining. Wilmington’s The Launching Pad restaurant is home to the 30-foot tall Gemini Giant, a fiberglass statue harkening back to the
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You can also snap away at Braidwood’s Polk-a-Dot Drive-In, home to many 6-foot tall statuesincluding Elvis, Betty Boop and more. Gardner’s Two-Cell Jail is also worth a quick stop, where you can get “locked up” for a great selfie.
Adventure, excitement, history, nostalgia and the freedom road await as you travel down Illinois’ Route 66. “Mom & Pop” diners, roadside attractions, quaint shops and amazing scenery await as you go from town to town.
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