Route 66 events:  Chicago talk April 19th on public art along Route 66


We’re in the news again – well, yours truly is.  I’ll be giving a lecture and slide presentation on Tuesday, April 19th in downtown Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington Streets, right across from Millennium Park.  The topic will be “Public Art Along Route 66,” covering the route between its eastern terminus at Jackson Boulevard and Michigan (only a few blocks south of the lecture venue!) and downtown Joliet some 40 miles southwest.  The 90-minute presentation will begin at 1:00pm and will be held in the Renaissance Court, which is located in the northwest corner of the first (main) floor, right off the Randolph Street entrance.

Sponsored by the Geographic Society of Chicago, the free lecture is part of the society’s monthly travelogue series.  Registration is unnecessary, but show up at least 15-20 minutes in advance to get a good seat.  See you there, or be square!

 
Your own 66 roadiegal,
Marie

 

Yes, it's in the wrong place ... but you'll be in the right place if you come to my lecture!

Yes, it’s in the wrong place … but you’ll be in the right place if you come to my lecture!

66 Book update:  More leads on Jack Peabody, his horse farm and White Fence Farm restaurant


You just never know where your research will lead.  Sometimes they take you indirectly to some great stories, which makes being willing to dig around a little further than most people will very rewarding.  And sometimes those stories just seem to come on a silver platter.

I’d written a post last December about the possible remnants of outbuildings on what used to be the Jack Peabody horse farm on Joliet Road/historic Route 66, at Bluff Road on the border between Lemont and Romeoville.  We got to see those buildings last September, courtesy of local resident Ann Dralle, whose property on Davey Road backs up to the eastern end of what used to be first the Peabody horse farm (Arrow Brook Farm), then the Elwyn Reed farm, then Hillcrest Park, the private/corporate picnic grounds.

White Fence Farm, lower left, with the Hassert homestead, upper left, and part of the Peabody Arrow Brook Farm, upper right, circa 1939 (1939 aerial survey)

White Fence Farm, lower left, with the Hassert homestead, upper left, and part of the Peabody Arrow Brook Farm, upper right, circa 1939 (1939 aerial survey)

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Steak N Egger on Route 66:  it’s tough being the former Snuffy’s


Terry Carr Sr. and his son and manager Terry Jr. of the Steak N Egger on Route 66 in McCook, IL were so proud of their newly renovated eatery this spring. The former Snuffy’s 24-Hour Grill, which had been closed for many months before the Carrs bought it a year ago, got a complete gut-and-remodeling that was showcased in an open house this past April.

So: you can imagine the heartbreak for the Carrs when a truck and a car in their parking lot had a little altercation a few weeks ago, and the truck went through the wall of the restaurant.  Ouch.  The Carrs have bravely posted several enlarged color photographs of the accident itself on the inside wall of the barrier covering the damaged wall.  They’re not pretty.  You can clearly see the wall buckled inside the restaurant in one of the shots. Continue reading

Hello, Route 66 devotees around the world!


Welcome to CuriousTraveler66, the blog for the upcoming book The Curious Traveler’s Guide to Route 66 in Metro Chicago.  Please forgive us, but we’re not quite live yet – still making a few adjustments to our appearance.  But we’ll be up soon!

Meanwhile, feel free to leave us a note about what you like most on Route 66 in the greater Chicago area.  We’d like to know how many Route 66 fans are out there. ;D