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Windy City Road Warrior presents “Chicago’s Route Center: Where the Road Began”
August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join David Clark for the August 6th edition of #Route66onthe6th, “Chicago’s Route Center: Where the Road Began” This month it is once again FREE to register on Eventbrite: https://66onthe6th-aug2021.
The event is August 6th at 7:06 PM Central Daylight Time (yes, 66 minutes after Six!)
- The Route Center is circled by stories galore, with fountains, four bison, square donuts and more!
- It’s where Jackson Boulevard and Michigan Avenue cross,
where Chicago’s Landmark “cliff” of buildings overlook a Great Lake and Grant Park.
- Where the view from the top of the Railway Exchange is through round “porthole” windows:
- From this 17th floor first-class-cabin berth, architects remade the city with No Little Plans.
- And the stories to be told in the 16 stories below:
where Railways Exchanged ideas while taking the Alton Way;
where chefs for Fred Harvey planned your dining-car meals;
where moguls managed the rolling stock running to Santa Fe, All the Way.
- And imagine the vista next door south,
where Fred Harvey’s 33rd-floor Tower Tavern overlooked the World’s Fair of 1933!
- The pyramid top is topped by a beehive of glass;
Straus Bank proclaimed to the world this triple theme–longevity, industry, and thrift–
when they built this soaring HQ.
- Soon after Tower Tavern went up in the air, the bank went down in a pyramid scheme.
- The Mother Road was no orphan at this crossroads with sibling highways numbered from 1 to 54.
- In Chicago’s Route Center: Where the Road Began hear these stories, and more.