Greetings, Route 66 roadies! Whatcha doin’ this coming Thursday?? That would be December 11th. Really: aren’t you tired of people whining about how you can only see the northern end of Route 66 in the summer? SO untrue!! Everyone complains about the weather, but you can still tour the route if you’re clever. “Make no little plans, for they have no magic to stir men’s blood,” as the great Daniel Burnham said, and work in two or three the same day. And stay nice and dry, too, for the most part. Genius!
If you’re in Chicago, there are FOUR Route 66 landmarks you can tour indoors this week on Thursday (one at a time!), two of them thanks to the lovely docents of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. These individual building tours take you places that the general tours (and the general public) don’t get to visit. Most CAF walking tours run about $15, unless you’re a CAF member (then they’re free; it’s well worth becoming a member if you plan to do more than two tours a year. Tell Santa you want a membership for Christmas or Hanukkah!). We hasten to add that we will be starting up CuriousTraveler Tours in 2015, and we’ll be doing all these Route 66 buildings in custom tours as well — but if you’re in town now or coming for the holidays, CAF is your default choice at the moment.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago at Jackson boulevard and LaSalle Street welcomes your visit to its Money Museum between 8:30am and 5:00pm Mondays through Fridays — except, of course, on bank holidays (heehee!). It’s free, and you can get a photo of yourself with:
1. With your face as the center of a bill,
2. With a $1M briefcase, or
3. With the display case of $1M in $1 bills (that’s a lot of bills), as opposed to the $1 million piles of $20s and $100s.
Next, just down LaSalle Street, is the Rookery Building, aka just The Rookery, designed by Burnham & Root; according to a Chicago magazine poll a few years ago, it’s Chicagoans’ favorite building in our fair city. Where else do you get a combo of Burnham, John W. Root and Frank Lloyd Wright?? Nowhere!!!