I am planning to drive route 66 with a friend in my 70 c/10 from Chicago to California in early fall. I am going to subscribe to this thread for suggestions.
cincyssr, In Illinois, most of the old Route 66 parallels I-55 and you will see Brown Historical Signs along the way pointing out the old route. By all means IF you are on I-55 just South of Springfield, Illinois, exit at the Auburn/Pawnee Route 104 Junction and turn Right (West) and go to the 4 Way Stop in Auburn, turn Right again and go back North just a few miles AND drive on the original Brick Route 66 laid back in the 1920"s. Talk about History, the "bricks" are 92 years old this year.
Keep in mind in the very early years of Route 66, the route seemed to run all over the place. Back then I think they used every paved road they could find. In Springfield, you should visit the Cozy Dog Drive In and see all their collectables, including my Tennessee "COZYDOG" license plate. Also in Springfield, is the Route 66 Motel which back in the day was the first Holiday Inn, in Illinois on Route 66. In Chicago, I think it originated on Jackson Street. Between Chicago and Springfield, there are a lot of places to see pertaining to Route 66 (Pontiac for sure) In Litchfield, Illinois, The Ariston Cafe is supposed to be the oldest Cafe still in business on the old Route.
PM me your address and I'll send you an Illinois Route 66 Visitors Guide Magazine. On the front of the magazine is 57 Corvette and a Custom made, Black & Copper A Lincoln Harley owned by an acquaintance of mine Dick Levi. AND the photo was made on the old brick road !!!
I actually grew up in the Springfield area and at one time knew every "crack & curve" in every road in that area and Jan & I used to hang out at the original Cozy Dog Drive In (that's where I got my "handle") and the North Grand Icy.
Bob Alexander - tennesseecozydog -