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Get your kicks on Illinois's Route 66

Here's your map & guide to Illinois’s Route 66

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Created by Roadtrippers - June 15th 2016

From Chicago to St. Louis, the Illinois stretch of Route 66 is still home to countless roadside diners, kitschy art, and other reminders of the Route’s famous past. A lot of the old Route 66 has been gobbled up by modern highways, and trying to trace the original route inside Chicago is hardly worth the effort. All that aside... by using this Illinois Route 66 map and guide, you should have plenty of authentic stops and time on the remaining parts of the Mother Road to make your Route 66 trip through Illinois feel complete.

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47mi 00h 52m

500 Speedway Blvd, Joliet, IL, US

Route 66 Raceway

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13mi 00h 18m
Gemini Giant
3.8

810 E. Baltimore Street, Wilmington, IL, US

Gemini Giant

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Snap your first picture with the Gemini Giant at the now-closed Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, IL. He’s one of many muffler man giants made back in the day, and he pays homage to the Gemini space program, complete with rocket in hand.

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via detours

2mi 00h 05m
Ambler's Texaco Gas Station
4.4

Old Route 66 & Illinois Route 17, Dwight, IL, US

Ambler's Texaco Gas Station

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Illinois’s Route 66 is dotted with old service stations, many of which have been beautifully restored and are being used for various purposes. Your first stop at one is in Dwight, IL at the Ambler's Texaco Gas Station. Operating till near the end of the century, it was one of the longest running gas stations on the Mother Road. Today it serves as a visitors center for the town.

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18mi 00h 21m
Illinois Rt 66 Museum
4.4

110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL, US

Illinois Rt 66 Museum

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Be sure to check out the Illinois Rt 66 Museum in Pontiac, IL.

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via detours

16mi 00h 23m
Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
3.5

5257 Historic U.S. 66, Shirley, IL, US

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup

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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup. So you’re not going to “eat” per-say, but you’re going to walk away with some of the best maple syrup or “sirup” as they call it. Funks Grove Maple Sirup still produces over 1,800 gallons of that sweet, sticky goodness using old-fashioned techniques and bottled in beautiful vintage-looking bottles. Channel your inner Buddy-the-Elf and have all the syrup you can handle!

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9mi 00h 13m
Bunyon With a Hotdog
4.3

110 Southwest Arch Street, Atlanta, IL, US

Bunyon With a Hotdog

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Your next encounter with a giant “muffler man” happens further down the road in Atlanta, IL where Bunyon With a Hotdog greats you. Sure does make you want one of those Cozy Dogs, doesn’t it?

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10mi 00h 16m
Watermelon Lincoln Monument
2.5

101 N Chicago St, Lincoln, IL, US

Watermelon Lincoln Monument

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A quick stop in Lincoln, IL also yields a couple interesting photo-ops, the first of which is the Watermelon Lincoln Monument, made to commemorate when Lincoln christened the new railroad in town with a slice of watermelon.

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1mi 00h 04m
Railsplitter Covered Wagon
3.9

1750 5th street, Lincoln, IL, US

Railsplitter Covered Wagon

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Nearby the Railsplitter Covered Wagon has also been a roadside icon for years, but recent reports say it is currently under renovation. Check it out and report back to us!

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30mi 00h 32m

2075 N Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL, US

Shea's Gas Station Museum

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4mi 00h 10m
Cozy Dog Drive-In
4.1

2935 S 6th St, Springfield, IL, US

Cozy Dog Drive-In

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While the corn dog may have already been invented, it was the folks at Cozy Dog Drive-In that put it on a stick! Their “Cozy Dog,” is the grandfather of all corn dogs you have been devouring at every county and state fair since you were a kid. Stop by to have a taste of the original!

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14mi 00h 20m
Historic Brick Road
3.3

Snell Road and Curran Road, Auburn, IL, US

Historic Brick Road

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Check out an original brick stretch of the Mother Road outside Auburn, IL (Historic Brick Road).

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36mi 00h 40m
Sky View Drive-In
5.0

1500 N Historic Route 66, Litchfield, IL, US

Sky View Drive-In

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If you have time catch a flick at the Sky View Drive-In in Litchfield, IL, the last Route 66 drive-in theater in Illinois.

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1mi 00h 03m
Ariston Cafe
4.4

413 N Old Route 66, Litchfield, IL, US

Ariston Cafe

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Your next food stop is down in Litchfield, IL at the Ariston Cafe. Thought to be one of the first, if not THE first restaurant on Route 66, the Ariston Cafe is a Route 66 icon. The Adams family has been running the place for years, and the food is just as good as the great history behind the cafe. Save room for dessert!

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7mi 00h 11m
Soulsby Service Station
4.3

710 West First St., Mount Olive, IL, US

Soulsby Service Station

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Just in case you haven’t taken a thousand photos of your car at old filling stations, your last stop is the Soulsby Service Station. The place has been beautifully restored, and you get that feeling you’re a traveler back in the 1950s.

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3mi 00h 06m
Henry's Rabbit Ranch
4.3

1107 Historic Old Rte 66, Staunton, IL, US

Henry's Rabbit Ranch

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Henry's Rabbit Ranch is part roadside attraction with its VW Rabbits buried in the dirt, part Route 66 visitor center, and part actual rabbit ranch. The place is so quirky it’s well worth a quick visit.

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31mi 00h 33m
World's Largest Catsup Bottle
3.4

800 S. Morrison - PO Box 617, Collinsville, IL, US

World's Largest Catsup Bottle

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Originally built in 1949, the bottle is an excellent example of roadside Americana, and thanks to the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group, it stands tall and beautiful as it did in the olden days. If you’re really lucky you’ll swing through in July when they host the Catsup Bottle Festival or one of the other numerous festivals and parties held near here at the local American Legion.

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13mi 00h 18m
Luna Cafe
3.3

201 E Chain Of Rocks Rd, Granite City, IL, US

Luna Cafe

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Your last food (or beer) stop has to be Luna Cafe. Built in 1924, this Route 66 roadside joint was a favorite hangout and hideout for Al Capone. The neon sign is worth a visit, but the cold beer and good food make it a nice last stop before heading over to Missouri. The Luna Cafe is nothing fancy, but its old-school dive bar feel just works.

5mi 00h 08m
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
4.0

10950 Riverview Drive, St. Louis, MO, US

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Illinois’s Route 66 has something for everyone with great food, quirky roadside attractions, and stops dripping with Americana and local history. Armed with your Roadtrippers map and guide to Illinois’s Route 66, get out there and explore.

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