Fun things to do at the Route 66 Car Show

You already know that the best reason to come to the annual Route 66 Car Show in Berwyn this weekend is to see all the cool customized and classic cars, motorbikes and trucks.  But what else is there to do? Plenty!

1. Have breakfast on the way there at the Steak N Egger on 66 on Joliet Road in McCook. It’s in the bright, shiny, newly renovated former Snuffy’s 24-hour Grill building, a historic eatery on Route 66 since the road’s very beginnings. Continue reading

Route 66’s Automobile Row in Berwyn

Photo credit: copyright 2012 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

Just in time for the annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show:  a history of Route 66’s own Automobile Row on Ogden Avenue, by none other than my own dear colleague, Joe Kubal.  Kudos, Joe!!  Our thanks go to Gina Blitstein, editor of The 66 News and the web site of the Route 66 Association of Illinois, who posted Joe’s article about Automobile Row today on the group’s web site.  Gotta love that wonderful slide show, too, which she put together from the photos Joe took or obtained.  Very slick, Gina! Continue reading

Berwyn Route 66 Car Show this weekend, Sept. 7-8

If you’ve never been to the annual Route 66 Car Show in Berwyn, IL, you’re in for a treat. It’s this coming weekend along Ogden Avenue and will be centered, as usual, at the intersection of Ogden and Ridgeland Avenue (6400 W). For several blocks along Ogden Avenue, you’ll see a display of classic, antique and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. This is where ‘car people’ in the western suburbs come to see and be seen on Ogden for one weekend every September, from late in the morning until late at night. Even better, it’s free to the public.

The car show typically includes special appearances by hot rod, drag race and NASCAR racing stars, along with displays of some pretty amazing vehicles and live music to keep things jumping. Expected this year, for example, is a return visit from the beloved local rock and jive band, The Crown Vics. For a complete schedule and information for exhibitors, visit the show’s official web site here. And while you’re there, don’t forget to stop at the booth for the Berwyn Route 66 Museum and drop a dollar in the kitty to help fund some of the new displays the museum is planning. Continue reading

The Berwyn Route 66 Museum get its groove on

My colleague Joe Kubal and I were in Berwyn yesterday when we thought we’d stop by the Berwyn Route 66 Museum and see what’s up with Jon Fey and his staff. Glad we did.

WOW – what a difference inside from 10 months ago! Those folks have really made progress in organizing the materials and putting up displays. It really looks like a museum now. Someone’s been putting a lot of sweat equity into this and deserves credit.

Copyright 2012 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved

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