The Start of Route 66

Good afternoon, armchair explorers!

Chicago is a large city known for oh so many things. Frank Sinatra sang that it was his kind of town, Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb wrote an entire musical named after the city, and everyone has given the city their own nickname (Chi-Town, Windy City, Second City, etc.). You may also know this reference.

Well, it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2,000 miles all the way

Yes, I am of course referring to the Mother Road: Route 66. Everyone knows it starts in Chicago and ends in L.A. It can only be concluded that people were en masse fleeing Chicago and they got their own special road to get as far away as possible.

I kid, I kid, Chicago is a very lovely place.

However, if you are planning a special trip on Route 66, you really should start at the very beginning: THE START OF ROUTE 66-W. Adams St. and S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL.



It is incredibly simple to find: almost directly at the base of the stairs when you exit the Adams/Wabash train stop in The Loop.

View from the stop (yes, that is Trump Tower; whether you consider it a landmark or a target, there it is).

This is the perfect place to start that epic sojourn across our great nation on the mother of all American roads.

Even if you are simply in the area and a fan of Americana, you need this picture in your collection.

Until next time, dahlings…


2 thoughts on “The Start of Route 66

  1. Hi, we loved Chicago and also stayed at a couple of places in Arizona on Route 66 so sort of got the bug. Would love to come back and drive some of it next year. Couldn’t find the start though, just the sign on Michigan Ave unfortunately. Great photos.


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