Grant Park: This large urban park is where Route 66 begins (or ends, if you’re traveling west). It’s home to many iconic Chicago landmarks, such as Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park.
Adler Planetarium: While not directly on Route 66, the Adler Planetarium is located near Grant Park and offers fascinating exhibits about space and astronomy.
Art Institute of Chicago: This renowned art museum is located near Grant Park and features an extensive collection of artworks from around the world.
Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower): One of Chicago’s most famous skyscrapers, the Willis Tower offers an observation deck with stunning views of the city’s skyline.
Lou Mitchell’s: This classic diner is often considered the “official” starting or ending point of Route 66. It has been serving travelers since 1923 and offers a nostalgic experience with its retro décor and comfort food.
Route 66 Begin Sign: Just outside of Lou Mitchell’s, you can find the iconic Route 66 “Begin” sign, marking the official starting point of the highway.
Brookfield Zoo They even have a penguin feeding Adventure