The Shamrock Court Motel in Sullivan, Missouri. It can be yours for $125,000. Lots of possibilities. Actually, now you're too late. Missouri's Roamin' Rich bought it.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Looking for Craft Beer on Illinois Route 66-- Part 3: McGrain Brewing, Elder Brewing and Route 66 Old School Brewing


50 East Jefferson Street,#106

In Joliet's historic downtown in the old train station turned brewpub with a breathtaking, turn-of-the-century facade.  Names of some of the brews reflect Joliet's history.  

13 craft beers on tap at any given time.  A full menu as well.


218 Cass St,

Featuring over 14 on-tap selections as well as some canned beer.  Popcorn's always free and food available from nearby restaurants.


110 Bridge Street

Hey, we even like the name.  Run by a solver medal master brewer.  12-tap beers.


Saturday, August 13, 2022

Looking for Route 66 Craft Beer in Illinois-- Part 2: Miskatonic Brewing and Will County Brewing

Some more places for craft beer along and near Route 66 in Illinois.


1000 N. Frontage Road, Unit C, Darien

This is an H.P. Lovecraft-inspired brewery for fans of horror and the macabre, plus if you like small-batch beer.  This is hidden in an industrial area just off Route 66.

They offer upsome of the finest brews along the Mother Road.



1142 Jefferson Street, Shorewood

Over 16 craft beers on tap, including cider.  Easy to find from Route 66. Wide selection of revolving beers along with a large bar, tasting room and visible production area.


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Looking for Route 66 Craft Beer in Illinois-- Part 1: Flapjack Brewery and Black Horizon Brweing

From the May 21, 2022, Northwest Herald (McHenry County, Illinois) "First Hundred Miles: Toast Illinois Craft Beer Week along Route 66" by Ryan Searl.


6833 Stanley Avenue, Berwyn

Also wood-fired pizza  A wide variety of small-batch beers.  A revolving tap from hoppy IPAs to coffee stouts.


7560 S. Quincy Street, Willowbrook

Dubbed  "a small microbrewery," has award-winning, barrel-aged beer. Features a rotating variety of new and old favorites.

I think good buddy Denny Gibson might be interested in this.  He has visited upwards of a thousand microbreweries in his travels.


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Along66, July 2022: The Blues Brothers at Joliet Prison August 19 and 20


Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi to perform next month at the Old Joliet Prison in Joliet, Illinois.  The proceeds will benefit the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

It will be a two-day event, August 19 and 20.

There will be a free screening of the movie "Blues Brothers" where, of course Jake was incarcerated before his release in the opening of the movie.  (My second all-time favorite movie after "Animal House.")

There will also be other entertainment and food.

Dan Aykroyd was an original Blues Brother.  Other Blues Brother experiences which will be offered are  Maxwell Street and Bob's Country Bunker, derived from the movie.  Also a religious service at the Triple Rock Baptist Church.

Also, a Bluesmobile car show.

Organizers would like attendees to dress up Blues Brothers fashion.

$60 for a two-day pass for adults, $20 for children.

The prison's historic walls were built in 1858 and it closed in 2004.

Sounds Like a Great Time.  --RoadBrother

Monday, August 8, 2022

2021 Endangered Illinois Sites-- Part 4: Scott Foresman, Havana, Joliet, Green Book


Midcentury  modern design, built 1966 for the textbook publishing business.

**  HAVANA WATER TOWER,  Havana.  

Vuilt 1889.  It needs extensive work,top to bottom.


139-year-old building has been very neglected


Already discussed.

How Many Green Book Sites Remain?  --RoadDog

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Some Other Illinois Endangered Sites-- Part 3: Chicago, Cicero, Decatur and East St. Louis

**  Altgeld Gardens Shop Building and School Buildings C and E in Chicago.   Known as the "Up-Top", the wavy roofed  retail building of the Chicago Housing Authority's Altgeld Gardens housing complex is privately owned

**  James R. Thompson Center, Chicago.  It has been on the endangered list for a long time

**  Klas Restaurant, Cicero.  Vacant and up for sale on Cermack Road long served as an anchor for the Czech culture in the region

**  Illinois Terminal Interurban Station, Decatur.  It was first a rail station and then  a church.  Built in 1931.

**  Broadview Hotel, East St. Louis.  Built in 1927, the hotel has fallen into disrepair but could be used as more than 100 housing units for seniors.


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Illinois Endangered Sites 2021-- Part 2: About Those 'Green Book' Sites

"The Negro Motorist Green Book"  (called Green Book for the author's name) directed readers to lodging, dining and service options that would be friendly to black travelers, sometimes including private homes or out-of-the-way establishments that could be easily lost to disrepair or demolition without their past role on America's racial apartheid system being noted.  (It was so sad that this happened at all.)

"One of the reasons we wanted to highlight the 'Green Book' sites is because of how much work still needs to be done," said Frank Butterfield, director of the group's Springfield office.  "Initial research shows more than 250 sites from the 'Green Book' on Illinois, but how many of those remain is unclear.  We really want to highlight the stories of those who visited or operated these places."

To that end, the group is asking for "citizen researchers" to help it take stock of the long list of locations. Some are likely to be in disrepair or even long gone, demolished by owners who might not have known they had the deed to a piece of history.

The process could be as simple as driving by a site near someone's house and reporting whether it is still standing and occupied.  Anyone interested in aiding the project, or whom knows those whom operated or patronized "Green Book" businesses, is encouraged to reach out to Butterfield.


Friday, August 5, 2022

Illinois Most Endangered Sites 2021: The Thompson Center and 'Green Book'

From the May 6, 2022, Chicago Tribune "Endangered history:  From 'Green Book' sites to Thompson Center" by Charles j. Johnson.

They didn't list the 11 Most-Endangered Places in 2020 for some reason, but the Landmarks Illinois folks released their list of nine places, six of them in the Chicago and suburban counties.

Chicago's James R. Thompson Center made the list for the fourth consecutive time.  It is not known what will happen to the 1985 Loop building designed by Helmut Jahn.  (Just recently it appears that Amazon bought it.)

The rest of the list doesn't just include big downtown buildings but also more humble locations that hold enormous cultural significance.

Making the list for the first time are the state's "Green Book" sites.  The "Negro Motorist Green Book" was published between the 1930s and the 1960s as a guide for black people who faced refusal of service and the threat of violence in some areas while traveling, including Illinois in so-called "Sundown Towns" where a black person would be in serious trouble if they were still in town after the sun went down.

The guidebook was the title of the 2018 feature film.


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Along66, July 2022: The Lodge Off 66 in Illinois

I take these Along66 blog entries from what I consider to be the best source of information on our favorite road, Route 66 News blog.  It has entries every day with pictures and a lot more that what I write about.  I only choose stories of special interest to me.


One of Logan County's (Illinois) oldest bars has been renamed The Lodge Off 66.

It is located six miles off the nearest Route 66 alignment at 2265 900th Avenue in Hartsburg, Illinois (pop. 314).

It has ties to bootlegging during Prohibition.  Al Capone visited the place.

It doesn't look like much on the outside, but the inside s a whole different story.  Sounds like Sundays are a real lot of fun.

It is six miles from Lincoln, Illinois.


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Along66, June 2022: The Chelsea Underpass and the Boots Court Motel


Route 66 pedestrian underpass in Chelsea, Oklahoma, has reopened for the public.

Vandalism forced its closure a year ago.  It was refurbishd in 2011 with a Route 66 mural.

Route 66 was so busy that the town built it so locals could safely get to the other side of the four lane highway.

There are also pedestrian tunnels on Route 66 in Reno, Oklahoma, and Sayre, Oklahoma.  Also a filled in tunnel is in Odell, Illinois.


A TV station has taken a look at the renovations to the Boots Court Motel in Carthage, Missouri.  The station is KSN-TV.

They are hoping to have it open again the town's Maple Leaf Festival in October.

It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Liz and I were able to stay there  when the gals came in and redid the place.


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Along66, June 2022: Get a Sneak Look at the Red Cedar Inn


The Route 66 Association of Missouri's 2022 Motor Tour will now include an exclusive tour of the Red Cedar Inn in Pacific, Missouri.

The former famous restaurant is being convereted into a visitors center, museum and genealogy site.

The tour will be September 23-25 and will run from St. Louis to Lebanon, Missouri.  Cost is $50 for adults.

The Red Cedar Inn was built in 1932 by the Smith Brothers and closed abruptly in 2005.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

The city of Pacific purchased it in 2017.  In 2020, the Missouri Association assisted in the restoration of the place's neon sign.

Liz and I had planned to have a bite in the place back when we first "found" Route 66 in 2002, but didn't go to it on a couple occasions, and then it was closed.  I always wanted to go into the building so now's a chance.


Thursday, July 28, 2022

37 Years Ago, Route 66 Ended in Joplin, Missouri (the Last Stretch of It in the State)

Frm the July 24, 2022,  KOAM News by Shannon Becker.

On July 24, 1985, the last Route 66 signs came down in Missouri with no ceremony around Joplin.  The other Route 66 shields between Joplin and St. Louis had already been removed by 1977.

The Joplin area was the final portion of  the historic route in Missouri to remove the 66 shields, 37 years ago.

Of course, we already knew that we are coming up on the centennial of the Mother Road's establishment.  It was one of the original U.S. Highways and wasn't paved all the way until 1938.

What caused the death of Route 66 was President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Federal Interstate Highway System.

No single interstate road was designated to replace it.  Route 66  is Interstate 55 from Chicago to  St. Louis, I-44  to Oklahoma City and I-40 to California.

Some states have kept the 66 designation, albeit as state roads.  Missouri, Routes 366, 266 and 66 are all original sections of the highway.

So Sad.  --Road66

Monday, July 25, 2022

Along66, June 2022: Oklahoma Trip Guide, Route 66 Museum of Oklahoma and Doc's Just Off 66


The latest Oklahoma Route 66 Association Trip Guide is now available.  It is their 2022-2023 edition.  It is free and you can order it or pick it up at many places along the Mother Road in that state.

We have used it many times.  A great source of information and directions.


JUNE  20

The Route 66 Museum on Clinton, Oklahoma, will be hosting the Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductions and will also feature the Jerry McClanahan photo show.  

Induction is held every two years.



Doc;s Just Off 66 in Girard, Illinois, formerly Doc's Soda Fountain has opened to the public.

They have done extensive remodeling and have all-new menus.  They will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 am to 8 pm daily.

A Must Stop.  --RoadDog

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Along66, June, 2022: The Will Rogers Museum and 'The World's Ugliest Court House'


The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, is to undergo a $14 million expansion and renovation.  It opened in 1938 and this is the first time major work has been done on it since then.

There will be new exhibits including one featuring movie posetrs from the 1920s and 1930s, including some of Will Rogers' films.

They want to have it all done by 2026, the 100th anniversary of you-know-what.

It is about a mile off Route 66.

Like I Said Before, You Can Always Use More Museums and Neon.



"The World's Ugliest Court House" is on Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois, and has been placed on Landmarks Illinois' Endangered List.

The Will County Court House is located on the southbound lanes of an alignment of Route 66.

It was built in 1969 and is in danger of demolition since the county is not showing any interest in it these days.

The original 1887 court house was torn down when they built this one.

It sure is an ugly structure, though.


Saturday, July 23, 2022

Welcome to DeKalb (Illinois) Arches Built in 1922

July 1922.

"Through the efforts of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce the large arch west of DeKalb on the Lincoln Highway will be completed within the next few days.

"The area bearing the inscription "DEKALB" will be identicle to the one  eracted at the eastern entrance to DeKalb a few weeks ago.  When finished,  the two arches will make the entrances to DeKalb very interesting."


They are no longer there, but it would be neat to have them reconstructed.  The arch in Dixon looks quite impressive.