It has always been in my dreams to drive along Route 66 in my seafoam green, 1950’s Bel Air – and while I can’t say that my dreams have completely come true yet, I can tell you that last weekend I got closer than I’ve ever been before! Just take a look at what I found while walking around in the windy city!
Is that the look of true happiness or what? I really can’t believe that I didn’t know that Route 66 began and ended in Chicago, Illinois! I feel like such a fraud. However – you better believe that the moment I found out I was so close, I was on a hunt for those little iconic signs and I didn’t give up until I found them.
History of Historic Route 66
Established back in 1926, Route 66 was first established to run from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Santa Monica, California. This route became “the way to the west” and subsequently businesses and homes popped up along the way. With the new and improved Interstate Highway System put in place during the 1980’s, Route 66 was officially removed from the Interstate Highway System and re-designated a National Scenic Byway. However, you can still find some of the old famous roadside attractions along the way and two signs placed on the streets of Chicago – the beginning and the end.
Where to Find It
The beginning sign of Route 66 can be found on Adams street at Michigan Avenue. The END sign can be found at Jackson Blvd. and Lake Shore Drive.