Joliet Welcome Center Pit Stop

Life is sweet on route 66!

Rt66ojcrushGer100wIllinois Route 66 road trip early starters brake for breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s in Chicago. Others start in Joliet and stop for ice cream or banana splits at Rich & Creamy on the North Broadway road into Joliet. (Watch for the Blues Brothers statues on the roof!) Then, meet up at the Route 66 Museum and Welcome Center, where you’ll receive your first scavenger-hunt clue.

Enjoy snacks, a trip back in time, and Route 66 classic soda for official card-carrying scavenger hunters.

Reunion participants can pick up one clue for your official Route 66 Scavenger Hunt and a retro treat bag “to-go” on-site.

FLASHBACK: Take some Photo-Booth Mug Shots!

Enter the Joliet Welcome Center’s retro-style photo booth for a custom shot. Print out a strip of classic black-and-white or contemporary color digital photos. Create photos with the original three-image photo strip style or other creative and fun options:

Retro Photo Booth on Route 66

Do time in a Joliet prison cell by choosing a backdrop from The Blues Brothers movie. (Your photo will read: I came to Joliet and stayed for 10 to 20.)

Join a friend for a photo of a joy ride in Buzz and Todd’s Corvette from the Route 66 TV show.

Performing artists or fans of dramatic history and magnificent architecture can stage a photo with the famous Rialto Theatre backdrop.

You can e-send your photos on-site for free, or print them in the gift shop for a small fee.

Tour the Route 66 museum, watch a classic TV show on a black-and-white monitor in a replica motel room, or enjoy vintage ‘vettes and other blasts from the past.

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Crimes of fashion on Route 66

Pick up some fuzzy dice, a vintage Route 66 road sign, or other memorabilia in the museum’s on-site shop.

Then get back on the road and follow the black ’57 Chevy, the blue, big-finned Buick or pink Cadillac convertible on the original Route 66.

Watch for more information and ideas coming soon about how to join or plan an event on Illinois Route 66.