Illinois – Attractions

Route 66 Museum in Joliet

Address: 204 Ottawa St. Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815-723-5201

Route 66 Museum in Joliet is a good starting point to discover the main attractions along the route in the company of the enthusiasts of the Route 66 Association of Illinois. It offers interactive exhibits for all ages. They also offer a unique gift shop which sells not only keepsakes but games and toys as well.

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Old St. Patrick’s Church

A Chicago Renaissance Story

Address: 700 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661, United States

Old St. Patrick’s Church, also known as St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and commonly known as Old St. Pat’s, is a Roman Catholic parish in Chicago, Illinois.

Old St. Patrick’s is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Its survival makes it the oldest public building in the City of Chicago.

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Rialto Square Theatre

Opened: May 24, 1926

Address: 102 N Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432, United States
Phone: +1 815-726-7171

The Rialto Square Theatre is a theater in Joliet, Illinois. Opening in 1926, it was originally designed and operated as a vaudeville movie palace, but it now houses mainly musicals, plays, concerts, and standup comedy.

Tour the magnificant Rialto Sqaure Theatre often referred to as the Jewel of Joliet! One of the ten most beautiful theaters in the nation. The building reflects Greek, Roman and Byzantine architecture. Above the main entrance on Chicago Street rises the grand niche.

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Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station

Address: W Waupansie St, Dwight, IL 60420, United States
Opened: 1933

Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station, also known as Becker’s Marathon Gas Station, is a historic filling station located at the intersection of Old U.S. Route 66 and Illinois Route 17 in the village of Dwight, Illinois, United States.

The station gets its name from longtime manager Basil “Tubby” Ambler, who operated the station from 1938 to 1966. The original 1933 building Jack Shore built consisted of an office with wood clapboard siding, an arched roof with asphalt shingles, and residential windows adorned with shutters and flower boxes.

The station’s design, with its cottage look, may strike the contemporary traveler as quaint–or perhaps even odd.

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Art Institute of Chicago

Established: 1879

Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, United States
Phone: +1 312-443-3600

The Art Institute of Chicago is an encyclopedic art museum located in Chicago’s Grant Park. It features a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection.

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Illinois State Police Office

Address: 15551 Old Route 66 between E 1500 N Rd. and E 1400 N Rd. in Pontiac, IL

Built in 1941, the District 6 Illinois State Police office is an example of sleek Art Moderne architecture that reflects the streamlined design of automobiles of the era. The building has curved corners, smooth surfaces, and structural glass bricks, all elements typical of Art Moderne design. Facing an abandoned two-lane section of old Route 66, the office is modest. It’s practical. It’s tan. Motorists could easily drive right past it without realizing its considerable significance, but slow down two miles south of Pontiac and take a look at the building.

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J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum

Address: 199-293 SW 2nd St, Atlanta, IL 61723, United States

The Hawes Grain Elevator was built on 1904.

In the heart of our nation’s cornbelt, just a block off Historic Rt. 66, you can discover your connection to Illinois’ rich grain producing, storing, and shipping history by visiting the J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum.

From June through August, the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum is open to the public on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. Tours may also be arranged by appointment by calling (309) 830-8306.
Special educational programs are available for school groups in grades 4-12. And if you’re looking for an unforgettable venue for a special event, the elevator is available for rental.

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