Day 1 – Chicago South

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Day 1 – Chicago South

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.

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Young Lady Reading a Book in the Park

Yet, not far from the park things change.

Rough Neighborhood

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”.

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A Bicycle Memorial

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The Bicycle Memorial Close Up

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The Bicycle Memorial Close Up

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Another View of the Sooky Looking Underpass

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A Sooky Looking Underpass

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Graffiti

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.

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Baptists

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Greater Whitestone Missionary Baptist Church

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Hope House

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Two Mormon Missionaries

Suburbia

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.

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A Chicago Style Hotdog In Chicago

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A Chicago Hotdog Stand

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.)

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Another Hot Dog Stand

The steak’n egger was interesting.

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Steak-n-Egger

This old Caddy caught my eye.  My parents had a Coup DeVille for a while.  It brought back memories.

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Caddy

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.

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Check Out his Route 66 Tat

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Inside a Route 66 Diner

This is the first Dell Rhea Chicken Basket.  I love the sign.

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Chicken Basket

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.

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Another Very Informative Marker on Route 66

The White Fence Farm and Restaurant looks like a fun place to bring a family.  Who doesn’t like fiberglass cows… and chickens.

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White Fence Farm Cow

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White Fence Farm Chicken

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Route 66 Illinois Markers – They were the BEST

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White Fence Farm Chicken

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Car Museum in the White Fence Restaurant

We arrived at Joliet and discovered it’s a fun Route 66 town to tour.

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Joliet Jake

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.

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They Comped Me a Route 66 Soda! I gave them mirrors.

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Dick’s Towing

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.

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View from a Bridge of Joliet

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One of Many Bridges of Joliet

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My Route 66 Sign (which traveled ALL of Route 66)