Featured Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Member
The newly renovated Launching Pad Drive-In Restaurant is home to the famous Gemini Giant, one of the iconic fiberglass “Muffler Man” sporting a space helmet and holding a rocket ship. The location is a remnant of America’s fascination with space travel in the 1960s with the Gemini Space Missions. The restaurant houses a Route 66 Welcome Center, a Route 66 Americana Museum, and a gift shop full of one-of-a-kind gifts from The Mother Road! Enjoy an authentic Chicago-style hotdog and a slice of freshly baked apple pie or other great food items and get your picture made with the Gemini Giant! This location has been fully restored by new owners, Holly Barker and Tully Garrett; be sure to try the pineapple Dole Whip soft-serve dessert!
Events & Festivals on Illinois Route 66
Will you be out exploring the Mother Road this year? Take a selfie or a group photo! Take a photo at any Illinois Route 66 landmark and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #MyIL66 or submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to put #MyIL66 in the subject line.
Each month, we will select three photos to be highlighted on our social media outlets, and the photo with the most likes, comments or shares will win an Illinois Route 66 commemorative license plate and an Illinois Route 66 baseball hat!
But it gets even better! Once per year, we will let voters choose a grand prize winner from the 12 monthly winners. The photo with the most likes, comments, or shares will win our grand prize: A basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more!