Route 66 Attractions

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

History
The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery was dedicated as the 117th national cemetery within the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. Located 50 miles from Chicago the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is named after the 16th President of the United States and founder of the National Cemeteries. The Cemetery has a memorial walk that commemorates service members of 20th century wars on 15 memorials. An 18-foot granite obelisk crowned by a bronze eagle ...

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Autobahn Country Club

Sports
The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet is the 4th longest road course in the United States. Drive your own car or one of their fleet’s from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Autobahn Country Club’s driving experiences are perfect for first time or returning drivers. There are 5 different individual programs to choose from to fit your needs from advanced driving school, teen defensive driving, adult driver safety, to racing school. A variety ...

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Axe Factor Throwing

Sports
Axe Factor Throwing is the Midwest’s premier indoor urban axe throwing destination. The experienced “Axeperts” will show you how to throw axes as well as make sure that you have an axe-ellent time doing it. At Axe Factor Throwing you can walk-in at any time. Their lanes can fit up to 12 people and they will do their best to keep your group together. You can go to axefactorthrowing.com to book a lane, but walk-ins are also welcome. The age limit is 13 years of age or older and ...

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Bolingbrook Park District

Gardens/Parks
The Bolingbrook Park District provides opportunities that connect residents and visitors with the Bolingbrook community, themselves and family. The park district has two community centers, an indoor/outdoor aquatic park, golf course, banquet hall and restaurant, two fitness centers, two outdoor skate parks, a sports complex, nature center and conservation area, and 48 parks along with their many playgrounds, picnic shelters and more over 1,087 acres of land. Bolingbrook Park ...

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Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport

Museums
Clow International Airport is Bolingbrook’s general aviation airport and is home to the A&M Aviation FBO, the Illinois Aviation Museum, and Charlie’s Restaurant. Every June the Clow International Airport hosts their Cavalcade of Planes, which attracts aviation enthusiasts to a display of historic aircrafts, museum exhibits, flyovers, and rides in an experimental aircraft. The Illinois Aviation Museum is open on Saturdays throughout the year for tours. Bolingbrook’s Clow International ...

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Boughton Ridge Golf Course

Outdoor Recreation
Boughton Ridge Golf Course in Bolingbrook is situated on 45 beautiful acres. This beautiful 9-hole, 2,205 yard course features contoured fairways and water on 7 holes. There are 21 sand traps that await you throughout the course and provide plenty of challenge to even the most experienced players. The fairways offer lush turf that reward well-played shots. The Boughton Ridge Golf Course is a pleasurable experience for golfers of any skill level. Enjoy a post-round meal or drink ...

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Bowlero

Sports
Bowlero is the bowling/dining/nightlife destination that's stirrin' up fun for everyone in the Chicagoland area. Bowlero is immersive entertainment at its best-the kind of interactive fun that lets you forget about everything and just enjoy the moment. This retro-cool venue will district you from hustle and bustle of everyday life. Bowl on blacklight lanes, hit up the interactive arcade or enter in a laser tag battle all under one roof. There’s plenty of memories to create Bowlero ...

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Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve

Outdoor Recreation
Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including prairie, savanna and wetland. A unique feature of the site is its crescent-shaped sand dunes, which formed when the area was the shoreline of the ancient glacial Lake Wauponsee. Wildlife found at the preserve includes more than 30 bird species, in addition to amphibians and reptiles such as the tiger salamander and the six-lined racerunner. The preserve is also home to a variety of plant ...

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Bronkberry Farms

Gardens/Parks
The Bronk Farm has been in the family for 5 generations growing corn and soy beans. In 2012 Jennifer Bronk and husband Kevin Veen established Bronkberry Farms. We wanted our farm to be a “destination” for our neighbors and surrounding communities! We started with a roadside stand with a small greenhouse, a ¼ acre vegetable garden and a pumpkin patch. We have since “grown” into a 70×30’ barn & “state of the art” greenhouse. We are now growing vegetables and fruit including ...

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Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet (CAPA)

Heritage
The Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet was formed in 1981 by concerned neighbors looking to preserve, protect and promote their historic neighborhood. The organization puts on several events throughout the year, including a Beer Walk. In September, they hold a Housewalk that allows the community to explore the interior of 5 historical homes and the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall at the University of St. Francis. At each home, you’ll learn about the location’s ...

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Channahon Lanes

Indoor Recreation
Channahon Lanes is your home for family fun and entertainment in Channahon, Illinois. Located in the heart of the I&M Canal area, Channahon Lanes features bowling, billiards, pool tables, and a full service bar. Channahon Lanes offers league bowling as well as Glow Bowl “Rock It Bowl” every Saturday night. When looking for indoor fun in the Channahon, I&M Canal area, look no further than Channahon Lanes.

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Chicagoland Speedway

Sports
Chicagoland Speedway located in Joliet on historic Route 66, is one of the United States premier auto-racing facilities. The Chicagoland Speedway annually hosts NASCAR’s premier series on its magnificent 1.5 mile tri-oval. You will feel the roar of the engines, and smell the burning of rubber, as you witness stock cars race past you at thrilling speeds of 180 mph. Champions Park at Chicagoland Speedway is the place to be on race day. Recognized as one of the most impressive and ...

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Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

Indoor Recreation
The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn has a mission of positively impacting a child's potential in life through play-based education. Children’s museums create playful, interactive learning experiences, and providing a place where all kids can learn through play. It's a place for children to be creative, role play and build. The Children’s Museum is home to numerous exhibits that help children explore their curiosity while discovering something unique about themselves and learning ...

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Dollinger Family Farm

Gardens/Parks
Dollinger Family Farm is the best place to celebrate fall, it is the family’s favorite season after all. In the early years, the farm served as a place to rest the mules pulling barges down the I&M Canal. Today, the farm comes alive in the fall with pumpkins, hayrides, a corn maze, train rides, farm animals and fall fun for the entire family. Grandma Dollinger's homemade fudge has officially been claimed as one of Chicago's Best Fudge. This little part of the world is full of ...

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Flapjack Brewery

Guide At: General Attractions
Located just on the outskirts of downtown Chicago in Berwyn's Historic Depot District. Two flagship beers are available year-round as well as an abundant amount of styles showcased on our 8 rotating taps. Come enjoy their small-batch handcrafted flapjack beer and wood-fired pizza.

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Forest Preserve District of Will County

Gardens/Parks
The Forest Preserve District of Will County owns or manages land in 70 forest preserves, including 10 designated as Illinois Nature Preserves for their rare natural features. Many preserves offer amenities such as picnic shelters, campsites, canoe/kayak/boat launches, fishing access, ice skating ponds, playgrounds, and sled hills. The Forest Preserve District offers more than 116 miles of trails for biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, in-line skating, running, ...

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Fossil Rock Recreation Area

Outdoor Recreation
Each year, campers make Fossil Rock RV Park and Campground their family vacation destination. Conveniently located 55 miles from Downtown Chicago and 50 miles from Starved Rock State Park, Fossil Rock RV Park and Campground is the perfect retreat after exploring nearby attractions Route 66 Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet Prison and the City of Joliet. Campground activities and close proximity to area attractions is what makes the Fossil Rock RV Park and Campground the premier ...

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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Outdoor Recreation
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed building site and interior fireplace, geothermal heating and cooling system, recycled and sustainable building materials, and energy saving technology. Four Rivers' name comes from its location, positioned near where the Des Plaines, DuPage and Kankakee Rivers meet to form the Illinois River. No matter which room you are in at the center, you will have a magnificent view of the ...

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Gardner Streetcar Diner

Roadside Stops & Photo Ops
A 20th century Kankakee streetcar was moved to Gardner in 1932 to serve as a diner. In 1937, the streetcar became a cottage and playhouse. It was moved behind the Riviera in 1955 and is still there today. It was restored ty the Route 66 Association of Illinois and inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Gemini Giant

Roadside Stops & Photo Ops
The Gemini Giant is one of the biggest attractions located along the Mother Road of Route 66 at the eastern entrance to Wilmington, Illinois in Will County. This picture-worthy landmark stands outside the Launching Pad Drive-In Restaurant. The Gemini Giant is named after the Gemini space program and holds a silver "rocket ship" in his hands, while sporting an astronaut's space helmet that resembles a welding mask. The 30 foot tall statue is one of many giant "Muffler Man" advertising ...

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Greater Livingston County Arts Council

Visual Art
The Greater Livingston County Arts Council is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2016 to provide opportunities for education, growth and appreciation of the visual fine arts in the Livingston County Area and to support the Pontiac Community Art Center. The Pontiac Community Art Center nurtures the creativity found within the collection of artists and art groups located in the City of Pontiac and surrounding area. The Art Center is a studio, teaching space, gallery ...

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Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel

Gaming
Harrah’s Casino & Hotel is your epicenter for fun.  Harrah’s is located along the Des Plaines River in picturesque downtown Joliet.  Play over 1,000 of the hottest Chicagoland slots where fun, friendly action is always the “reel” deal.  Or hit the tables and try your luck on favorites such as blackjack, craps, roulette, three card poker and Mississippi stud poker.  Harrah’s Joliet also offers the chance to play Texas Hold’em poker and Omaha in the WSOP Poker Room.  Hungry ...

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Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves

Amusement Parks
The Haunted Trails of Joliet is a unique, year-round “Halloween-themed” family entertainment center. Haunted Trails specializes in family fun, birthday parties, group celebrations, company picnics and events for all ages. Fun amenities include two award winning 18-hole mini-golf courses, two go-kart tracks, plus a junior go-kart track for the little ones, laser tag, batting cages and amusement rides. The Monster’s Tomb Game Room is the place for game lovers to congregate, as ...

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Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm

Gardens/Parks
Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm is the place to visit in the fall. Located 8 miles west of I-55 in Minooka, Illinois, Heap’s Farm is the place to challenge yourself in the corn maze or bean maze, catch a hay ride out to the 25 acre pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin off the vine, or play in Milo’s Castle Playground. Complete your fall décor with a mum, straw bales, corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds and squash. Don’t forget to grab a tasty caramel apple and pumpkin cookie, or try ...

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Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm

Outdoor Recreation
Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm, within the Bolingbrook Park District, offers a safe and beautiful trout farm perfect for an afternoon of quality fishing. In April and October the ponds at Hidden Lakes are stocked with trout, while in May and September you will find catfish. Hidden Lakes offers four fishing lakes for anglers to catch trout, bass, catfish and bluegill. The trout farm is a semi-wooded 15 acre sanctuary for wildlife and sport fishing. The Tackle Box Bait Shop on ...

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Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Gardens/Parks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center inspires curiosity and exploration of the natural world through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. The Hidden Oaks Nature Center is part of the Bolingbrook Park District and prides itself on ensuring that visitors have an opportunity to connect with nature. Whether you hit the trails, register for innovative nature programs, or stop out for a special event, there's something for everyone at Hidden Oaks.

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Hollywood Casino Joliet

Gaming
The Hollywood Casino Joliet offers some of the best promotions in all of Chicagoland. Experience exciting action on over 1,100 of the most popular slot and video poker machines, and tables. There is non-stop action on the 50,000 square foot gaming floor; that includes a fantastic selection of table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette. Several dining options are available from the fine dining of a steak house, the plethora of flavors on the buffet, to the casual beer and ...

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Illinois Aviation Museum

Museums
The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook is a group dedicated to advancing aviation and engineering. Housed in Hangar One at Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport, this 6,000 square foot facility is home to aircraft displays and a variety of activities and programs. The Illinois Aviation Museum is a great place to explore for an aviation enthusiast of any age.

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Illinois Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Route 66

Museums
Coming in 2020, the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is an organization created to honor and celebrate the musical contributions of Illinois to the world. Based in Downtown Joliet, Illinois the museum will feature artifacts from musicians and bands as a way to honor all genres of music connected with Illinois. The mission of the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is to preserve the history of musicians and bands with Illinois ties while educating visitors about the ...

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Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

Museums
Get a complete Route 66 Experience all under one roof! The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum features thousands of artifacts and memorabilia related to Route 66 - The Mother Road. The Museum boasts: - Friendly and knowledgeable guides - Route 66 memorabilia from Hall of Fame members! - Route 66 Artist and Icon, Bob Waldmire's bus and van! - Travel resources - explore the highway by visiting Route 66 towns on our flip-rack library! - A great photo ...

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Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Heritage
Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation’s history and it lives on today in Illinois’ Route 66’s many roadside attractions, museums, restaurants, and the shiny blacktop referred to as the ‘Mother Road’. Route 66 is the most famous road in America. . Illinois’ stretch of this mythic road boasts the highest density of kitschy, interesting things to do you’ll find from here to California. Throughout the year there are many events happening along Route 66 for the entire family ...

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iPic Theaters & Salt Sports Bar

Theater & Performing Arts
It's no ordinary Cinema, it's the ultimate night out. iPic gives you the chance to watch their movies in a comfortable reclining chair, order dinner and drinks from your seat or lobby-based upscale lounge. With a limited number of seats, you won't have to worry about distracting neighbors. Relax, enjoy the culinary creativity and watch an amazing movie at iPic Bolingbrook, located at The Promenade Bolingbrook.

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Isle a la Cache Museum

Heritage
The Isle a La Cache Museum is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County in Romeoville, Illinois near the Des Plaines River. Isle a la Cache Museum offers an adventure in 18th century history, when "Illinois Country" was home to French voyageurs and native Potawatomi. The Museum features interactive exhibits of the Great Lakes fur trade of the 1700s, in addition to a replica Native American longhouse. The Museum offers nature and history educational opportunities to ...

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Joliet Area Historical Museum

Museums
The Joliet Area Historical Museum, in downtown Joliet, offers history buffs with a chance to relive history through special exhibits, educational programs and a summer concert series. The museum's main exhibition gallery serves as an introduction to the many stories of the Joliet area and its people. At the Joliet Area Historical Museum you can take a walk through a replica of the I&M Canal, window shop on turn-of-the-century street, live the legend of the ‘Mother Road’ Route ...

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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Heritage
The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres. Joliet Iron Works Historic Site features 0.59 mile of paved trail that provides a self-guided interpretive tour of the site's historical significance. The preserve also provides access to the 7.55-mile, crushed limestone/paved I&M Canal ideal for biking, hiking, running, and cross-country skiing ...

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Joliet Slammers Baseball

Sports
The Joliet Slammers are a professional baseball team in the independent Frontier League, who play their home games at Joliet Route 66 Stadium. The "Slammers" name refers to the famous prisons of Joliet and Will County, as well as a common baseball term. The Slammers won the Frontier League Championship in 2011. A Joliet Slammers baseball game is the perfect way to enjoy family time throughout the summer. Not only are you watching baseball but they have plenty of fun activities ...

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Gardens/Parks
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chicago. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is 19,000 acres of beautiful picturesque nature and is adjacent to the 4,200 acre Des Plaines Conservation Area. Midewin remains the only federal tallgrass prairie preserve east of the Mississippi River. With the adjacent Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area and a number of other state and county protected areas in the immediate area, Midewin ...

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National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority

Heritage
The National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority provides travelers with map and area information. Before exploring Starved Rock State Park, Route 66 or the Chicagoland Speedway, you will want to make a stop at the Civic Center Authority for all your adventure needs.

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Old Joliet Prison

History
The Old Joliet Prison was built in the 1850's, housing infamous criminals like Leopold, Loeb and Gacy. The prison also housed some famous characters, including "Joliet" Jake Blues (The Blues Brothers) and Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrons (Prison Break). The castle-like Prison was built with Joliet limestone, with over 20 buildings inside its four walls. Take the hour-long tour on specific days of the week, and learn more about Joliet Correctional Center ... which is ...

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Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park

Outdoor Recreation
Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park is Bolingbrook’s year-round place for family fun. There is plenty of activities at Pelican Harbor from the interactive sprayground, 4 water speed slides, a lazy river, beach volleyball, and a sand playground area for the younger kids. Featuring more fun attractions and family-friendly adventures, Pelican Harbor’s indoor/outdoor set-up guarantees fun even in less-than-ideal weather.

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Rialto Square Theatre

Theater & Performing Arts
Built in 1927, the Rialto Square Theatre is considered one of the 10 most beautiful theaters in the nation. Located in Joliet, the Rialto ensures you can always find the entertainment you're looking for: concerts, comedy, Broadway, dance, and musicals. The theatre also is an iconic place to host a wedding, reception or other event.

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Riverfront Lanes

Sports
Riverfront Lanes are your home for family fun and entertainment in the Route 66 town of Wilmington. Riverfront Lanes offers plenty of bumper bowing lanes just for the little ones. Kids and adults will have a blast at Rock ‘It Bowl, where you bowl with the lights down, music up, special effects lighting, you will feel like you will be bowling in a nightclub. For family fun entertainment in Wilmington, look no further than Riverfront Lanes.

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Route 66 Raceway

Sports
Route 66 Raceway is the World’s Premier Drag Racing facility located three miles south of I-80 on Historic Route 66. Route 66 Raceway is the sister track to Chicagoland Speedway. Route 66 hosts the annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals, a stop of the professional NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The Route 66 Raceway also hosts an annual Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, the NMRA / NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, ET Bracket Series races, the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League ...

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park - Joliet

Amusement Parks
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. We are dedicated to providing you with the pure ...

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The Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center

Theater & Performing Arts
The newly renovated Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center first opened in December of 1939 as a movie house. Its first movie was The Wizard of Oz. After many successful years as a movie theater it was home to an indoor paintball range as well as an indoor skateboard park. When the City of Pontiac purchased the building they took proposals for what to do with it. A local theatre troupe proposed the idea of a dinner theatre and the Eagle Performing Arts and Conference ...

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The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

Heritage
The Jacob Henry Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, is well known for its beauty and exceptional culinary offerings, which make the Jacob Henry Mansion the perfect setting for any special occasion. In 1873, the home was the most expensive in the county. The elaborate 40 room mansion is located on Joliet’s prominent Eastern Avenue. Located in Joliet, The Jacob Henry Estate transforms an ordinary celebration into an extraordinary one.

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Two Cell Jail

Outdoor Recreation
Gardner, IL's Two-Cell Jail built in 1906, is a popular photo spot on Route 66. It has been restored by the community and holds a strong presence near Gardner's downtown area. Besides taking a photo of the outside, you are now encouraged to "go behind bars" and have your “cell-fie” photo taken.

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Wilmington Area Historical Society & Museum

History
History comes alive at the Wilmington Area Historical Society & Museum. The Wilmington Area Historical Society and Museum collects, preserves, and displays photographs and artifacts to tell the unique story of Wilmington, Illinois and how the people of this small town have adapted in this beautiful Midwest environment.

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Scenes from Around the Corridor