Day 1 – Chicago South
Chicago south to Joliet is an interesting drive. As you get away from downtown, parking becomes more available even though you are surrounded by tall buildings.
We stopped at the first park we saw. There we found a young lady reading a book. She paused for a moment so we could take her picture.
Yet, not far from the park things change.
We were told this is a rough neighborhood, but nobody bothered us. Never did I feel threatened. Perhaps things have changed since Jim Croce sang “LeRoy Brown”.
The neighborhood where Route 66 passes has several churches. In fact, it was in that neighborhood where I spotted a couple of missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They too warned us, “Careful, this isn’t the best neighborhood. Watch your cameras.” But then, we felt no threats.
As we head south, things become more like suburbia. You begin to see Route 66 is the home for many retro diners, abandoned places, and new places.
We found the above hotdog stand and I enjoyed my hotdog. Then, a few blocks down we found this one. This one wasn’t as busy as Henry’s, so I’m glad we ate at Henry’s. (Busy usually means good.)
The steak’n egger was interesting.
This old Caddy caught my eye. My parents had a Coup DeVille for a while. It brought back memories.
This guy showed us the cars he’s working on. When I saw his tattoo I had to ask for a picture. He’s Mr. Route 66.
This is the first Dell Rhea Chicken Basket. I love the sign.
These historic markers in Illinois are very nice, and informative. I wish every state had these. They are easy to spot from the road, and they tell the history.
The White Fence Farm and Restaurant looks like a fun place to bring a family. Who doesn’t like fiberglass cows… and chickens.
We arrived at Joliet and discovered it’s a fun Route 66 town to tour.
I didn’t realize that Joliet Jake from the Blues Brothers was from this town. You see a lot of the Blues Brothers here as a result.
Day 1’s End
We ended the day taking pictures of the river where Route 66 goes over it. As a result, it was a beautiful way to end our first Day on Route 66.