Route 66 - Experience the beginning of The Mother Road, Rt. 66 in Chicago and Willowbrook

As the popular saying goes, “Get your kicks on Route 66” as you explore the Mother Road. Illinois is the only Route 66 state east of the Mississippi – and where it all began! While your cruising through, it’s hard to pass up the magnificent golf courses or world-class shopping of DuPage County.  Start with a drive to Chicago and the eastern terminal of Route 66, enjoy the site of Buckingham Fountain, followed by a self-guided tour of the Route 66 exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Have lunch at Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant and Bakery, a Chicago classic since 1923.

Travel back to stay in Willowbrook and cap off your day at Dell Rhea’s ChickenBasket in Willowbrook for its World Famous Fried Chicken among many other menu favorites!

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket, opened in the summer of 1946 on Historic Illinois Route 66 serving as a perfect stopping place for travelers starting out on the road. For over 66 years, Dell Rhea’s has served its world famous chicken that continues to win accolades as the best fried chicken in Chicagoland. The restaurant has been in countless travel magazines and TV documentaries including a feature on The Food Network’s, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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