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.


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.

Illinois Route 66. The Kicks Start Here!


Route 66 parade, Springfield, Illinois

Illinois Route 66 Road Trip & Reunion:
Caravan to Collinsville 

Caravan to Collinsville

Trip notes about a road trip and scavenger hunt test-driven
and found suitable for families and friends – including pets – or anyone
with an adventurous spirit. Get away from it all
and rediscover a time when the open road called and life seemed simpler.

Chicago to Collinsville/St. Louis on Illinois Route 66

Pass or be passed! Follow the classic cars and fellow time-travelers to Route 66. Ragtops down, radio up. Fast enough to win the scavenger hunt. Slow enough to read the Burma Shave signs and visitors-log comments left by visitors from around the world.

The Caravan to Collinsville adventure began as a family reunion/scavenger-hunt/road-trip, but you can drive it anytime.

It begins in downtown Chicago, the official beginning of Route 66. Or, you can bypass Chicago and choose the alternate starting point at the Joliet Route 66 Welcome Center and Museum. Take the scenic route to Springfield, IL, home of the annual Route 66 Festival, classic car night parade, and other Route 66 attractions and historic sites, including President Abraham Lincoln’s old stomping grounds.

Ride on to Collinsville/St. Louis where Steinbeck’s “Mother Road” heads west to California.

Take time to tailgate under the stars. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and room for hot-buttered popcorn at the Route 66 Drive-In Theater. If you time it right, you’ll see some of the region’s best fireworks – the show before the show.

Exhibit A: The missing fuzzy dice

Soda fountains, frosty malts, root beer floats, whistle stops, ma ‘n pa shops … impromptu detours … kitschy roadside architecture … friendly folks … a taste of maple “sirrup” … retro halls … the thrill of the open road.

This site, like Route 66, is a work in progress.
Check back now and then. Or, follow the nearest vintage car to get your kicks on Illinois Route 66!

See also The Dog Blog … an unauthorized autobidography co-edited by a couple of cute and personable (pup-able?) shelties.

Visit – too – because, well, I like Abe.