ILLINOIS: Early/Mid June

“Ih-luh-noy.” Not, “Ih-li-noize.” But, no matter how you pronounce it, it’s quite a state. Birthplace of Lincoln, playground of Al Capone, and home of ”The Windy City”, “Second City” – aka “Chi-town. We will have only a week, but our plan is to start in Chicago and travel south down Classic Rt. 66, through Springfield,  and into East St. Louis.

Route 66: So this will be our first chance to get our kicks… and we’re gonna do it up right. We plan to pick up Rt. 66 in Chicago, the “end of the route” and head southwest through the state on our way to East St. Louis. Along the way, we plan to stop, rest and enjoy the visual history still contained throughout the path. In addition, we’ll be spending a few hours in the Rt. 66 Hall of Fame in Pontiac.

Chicago Blues Festival: We are lucky enough to be passing through the weekend that this event is closing down. Not only is blues an integral piece of Chicago history, “Chicago Blues” is a vital piece of blues history. Chicago blues is a form of blues music that developed here and features the basic acoustic guitar and harmonica-based Delta blues, with amplified harmonica , and the addition of an electrically amplified guitar, amplified bass guitar, drums, piano and sometimes saxophone and trumpet. The music developed in the first half of the twentieth century due to the Great Migration (African American) when Black workers moved from the South into the industrial cities of the North such as Chicago. It’s a style that helped define blues in America and the blues festival is a must-not miss for us!

Superdawg Drive-In: A classic 40s drive in featuring some of the region’s best red hots. Order from your car, get served by a carhop… how cool is that?  Pretty cool we’d say!

The Art Institute of Chicago: Listed as one of the 1,001 Things to See Before You Die and appearing in the classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , the Art Institute of Chicago is not only a museum but also one of the premier Art School’s in the United States. The museum, opened in 1879 and moved to its current location in 1893, features works from vast cultures and over 5,000 years of human expression.

The Cahokia Mounds: Believed to have been the site of human sacrifices, religious worship, astrological research and home of the largest earth-work mound north of Mexico, the Cahokia mounds is a mysterious, beautiful native american history site.

Other Stuff:

  • Putt Putt in a Funeral Home: No, seriously, it’s a miniature golf course in the basement of a funeral home… death themed… yeah, we’re goin’!
  • Metropolis, IL: Who’s from Metropolis? Only the most famous man to ever have a sun allergy – Superman!