9/15/2012: Route 66 Chicago to Joliet Public Art Tour
Location: Lou Mitchell's Restaurant - 565 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60661
Join us on September 15th for a tour of public art located along Historic Route 66 between downtown Chicago and downtown Joliet. We'll follow the original 1926 path of Route 66 from the corner of Jackson Blvd. and Michigan Ave down to the southern end of Joliet. Learn the stories behind 40 different works of art including:
• Outdoor Sculpture
• Stained Glass
• Examples of neon and Googie art
• Public Murals
• Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway wayside markers
If we’re lucky and there aren’t any weddings going on, we’ll even stop inside a few famous churches on the road. Your personal guide for this trip will be journalist Maria R. Traska, co-author of the upcoming book The Curious Traveler’s Guide to Route 66 in Metro Chicago.
Be forewarned: because of the distance covered, this is a car trip with some walking involved, so bring water and sear sunscreen and a hat. September can still feel like mid-summer or surprise you with rain – so bring an umbrella, wear suitable shoes and dress for the weather. Lunch will be on you own, but we’ll be stopping for lunch in suburban Willowbrook at the famous Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, itself a historic eatery and a member of the Route 66 Hall of Fame, where you can enjoy great fried chicken and real Route 66 soda pop (Dell Rhea’s even has its own wayside marker in front).
This is a day-long trip that begins near the venerable Lou Mitchell’s restaurant, located on Jackson Boulevard just west of Union Station. We’ll meet at 8:30 am across from the restaurant to take a head count (and car count) – parking is tight to impossible downtown, so we may bunch people together in as few cars as possible for the start of the tour. Those of you who wish to have breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s should get there by 7 – 7:30 A.M. at the latest, because it’s a busy place even on weekends (please be nice to Virginia – she’s our favorite waitress – and don’t forget to pick up your free Milk Duds on the way out). After starting at the Art Institutes south garden, we’ll walk along Jackson Boulevard to Federal Plaza and the Chicago Board of Trade, then return to our vehicles for the next stops along Jackson and in the Illinois Medical District. After that, it’s stops in Cicero, Berwyn, Lyons/Forest View, a brief pause in McCook to see the newly reopened former Snuffy’s Grill, the Countryside, Darien, Willowbrook, Romeoville, and Joliet. Our tour will end in the afternoon with a stop at either Rich ‘n’ Creamy Ice Cream or Home Cut Donuts, both must-see stops in Joliet.
Except for parking in downtown Chicago and near Lou Mitchell’s, where you may or may not find a spot on the street, most of our stops should have adequate free parking. Once we arrive in downtown Joliet, there’s free parking in a city garage at ass and Ottawa Streets near the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center. Even so, we encourage car pooling if possible.
9/21/2012 - 9/23/2012: International Mother Road Festival
Location: Downtown Springfield, IL
Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield’s historic downtown September 21 - 23, 2012 for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment! Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66…the cars, the music, the food, the friends……all brought together along Illinois’ Route 66.
Friday Rt. 66 City Nights Cruise – over 1,000 classic c
ars and trucks cruise the city streets!
• Check out Horsepower Alley with high horsepower features like the Mickey Thompson Tires
BURNOUT Competition and Lucas Oil DYNO CHALLENGE presented by E3 Spark Plugs!
• See gorgeous rides in the Monet of Cars
• The Travel Illinois Expo showcasing unique travel opportunities to Route 66 motorists traveling through Illinois communities along the Mother Road
• Live Entertainment –on the Hot Rod Stage with classic hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s from “The
Neverly Brothers” (Friday), “Rewind,” and “Captain Rat & The Blind Rivets” (Saturday)!
• Poker Race brought to you by Downtown Springfield, Inc. (Saturday, 10am – 4pm)
• Performance Marketplace for the restoration enthusiast
• Over 40 classes of car awards with CASI certified national judging!
• Family Fun Zone with a bounce house, bag toss and other great games for the kids!
10/21/2012: Edwardsville Fall Festival
LocationL: Leclaire Lake Park
The 21st Annual Leclaire Parkfest will take place Sunday, October 21st from Noon to 5 PM at Leclaire Lake Park on Hale Avenue in Edwardsville, IL. The festival features Dixieland Jazz by the St. Louis Levee Band Trio (Noon - 2:30 PM), followed by Bluegrass and other old time folk music from the Lodge Bothers (2:30 PM - 5 PM). A Wine and Beer Garden is complimented by a wide variety of delicious festival food provided by local non-profit organizations. Local artisans and crafters will have their work on display and available for purchase. Pony rides, games, pet adoptions and other family activities provide something for every age. The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) will host their annual book sale with thousands of books available at bargain prices. Exhibits of historic photos and narated trolley tours tell the unique story of the Leclaire National Historic District. For additional information, call 618.656.1294 or visit Friends of Leclaire web site at www.historic-leclaire.org.