Hello again, fellow roadies! Spring is finally here in Chicago, albeit grudgingly, which means a roadie’s attention turns to thoughts of road trips. We have a partial list here for you of Route 66 events in Illinois (no, we didn’t just stick to our own neck of the woods in the NE corner of the state; we’re more broadminded than that. Besides, a road trip requires putting on some mileage, right?).
We’ll have more details on these events and shows as we come nearer to their individual dates. Please note: the annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, which usually occurs on the first Saturday after Labor Day in September, will instead be happening two weeks early in late August. We don’t know the reason for the change in date, but we imagine there was some kind of conflict with something else. It can’t be because of the weather: August is usually way too hot up here, whereas September has typically been just about perfect. Oh, well …
Anyway, with the road shot below from our Funks Grove trip last summer on the day of the Route 66 Association of Illinois annual picnic at the Sugar Grove Nature Center to inspire you, please mark the following events on your Route 66 calendars; you won’t be sorry!
Route 66 southbound in Funks Grove (photo copyright 2014 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved)
Greetings, fellow travelers! Have you thawed out yet? Good! Those of you who have been following this blog for a few years know that we usually remind you about the March holidays (no, we don’t mean March Madness, even though I am an NCAA hoops fan). I refer, of course, to St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day celebrations in and around Chicago. St. Casimir’s Day, also known as Casimir Pulaski Day and the 178th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Chicago, happened last week on March 4th. But the big celebrations are really St. Pat’s and St. Joe’s. Happy namesday in advance to all you Pats and Joes out there!
Most of you locals probably already know that Chicago’s main St. Patrick’s Day stuff will happen this coming Saturday, starting with 9 a.m. Mass at Old St. Pat’s Church on Desplaines and Adams Streets, followed by a traditional Irish breakfast in the church hall (individual tickets are $30 per person), for which reservations are required. There will be Celtic music and dancing during the breakfast, if you really need that.
Old St. Patrick’s Church (photo copyright 2014 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved)
Wecome, 66 roadies! Are you keeping warm? Don’t know if you realized it, but there’s a great spot to eat on Route 66 in Joliet that is about to get better. Joliet Junior College, the nation’s very first junior college, has been building a new structure for its downtown City Center campus, right on Chicago Street. The $58 million City Center expansion has beenn underway since autumn of 2013. When it’s finished, it will have new space for the school’s hospitality and culinary school — new classrooms, new up-to-date kitchens.
The new six-story building will have 96,000 square feet of space. The culinary school currently has a dining room in the historic former Chamber of Commerce Clubhouse on Ottawa Street, aka the Renaissance Center.