Route 66 Summer of Fun update for June-July 2013


Last month was a busy time for Route 66 fans in northern Illinois.  Not only was it the start of cruising season (technically, that began on Memorial Day weekend, but let’s not split hairs), it was also the month when the Route 66 Association of Illinois had its 24th annual motor tour up and down the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway; the Czechoslovak American Congress and the city of Crest Hill held their annual Lidice remembrance at the monument in town (more on that later this week); and many fellow 66 roadies began their own personal summer road trips down the historic highway.  Yes!  Please forgive us for posting this so late:  we were having too much fun.

The Route 66 Experience is a permanent exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center on Ottawa St.   Photo copyright 2012 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved

The Route 66 Experience is a permanent exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center on Ottawa St. Photo copyright 2012 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved

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The Berwyn Route 66 Museum makes its way to Yelp! Chicago


Surprise, surprise:  a local little gem, the Berwyn Route 66 Museum, now has a listing on Yelp.com.  The user-friendly San Francisco-based consumer rating site for all things food, entertainment and service minded allows users and business owners to post free listings.  Users can then review local eateries, groceries, shops and stores, bars, music venues, theaters, museums, galleries, dry cleaners, car mechanics, other service businesses, schools, churches, even doctors’ and dentists’ offices.  Whee!

Exterior, Berwyn Route 66 Museum, 7003 West Ogden Avenue, Berwyn IL

Berwyn Route 66 Museum, 7003 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn IL  (photo copyright 2013 M.R. Traska)

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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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