Category Archives: Illinois

Atlanta, IL: This little Route 66 town packs a big punch with the Palms Grill Cafe

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Fun photo ops and the best darn pie you’ve ever tasted at the Palms Grill Cafe make Atlanta, IL an excellent Route 66 destination or even a quick I-55 detour…

Chicago’s Palmer House is the most extravagant wedding gift of all time

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What did you get your spouse when you wed? We’re betting you didn’t give them the grandest hotel in the world. Potter Palmer did when he gave his bride the Palmer House in Chicago…

These 8 Route 66 gas stations epitomize the Mother Road

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Nothing captures the essence of Route 66 quite like an old filling station. These are some of our favorite old gas stations along America’s famed Route 66…

How one Secret Service spy stopped the election-day robbery of Lincoln’s Tomb

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On Election Day in 1876, a gang of grave robbers almost stole our greatest president’s body. This is the story of how one secret service agent saved President Abraham Lincoln’s body.

Celebrate National Collector Car Appreciation Day at some of our favorite car museums

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July 8th, 2016 is a holiday for those of us who love classic cars. To celebrate National Collector Car Appreciation Day, here are a few of the most wonderful car museums we’ve visited over the years…

Stopping by the real firehouse and “Molly’s Bar” from Chicago Fire

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We go in search of Dawson, Casey, and the gang from Chicago Fire on the streets of Chicago…

Discover Pontiac: Illinois’s quintessential Route 66 town

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Discover Pontiac: Illinois’s quintessential Route 66 town

Most of us immediately think of the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona when we hear “Route 66,” but don’t forget about the hundreds of miles that travel right through the heartland of America. Of all the charming towns we’ve visited along Route 66, our favorite has to be Pontiac, IL, and here’s why…

Visiting one town’s remarkably moving war museum

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Most military-focused museums are all about the big machinery… the guns, the tanks, the airplanes. They use those major pieces of hardware in hopes you’ll read the storyboards surrounding the eye candy. The Livingston County War Museum in Pontiac, IL, however, took a unique person-first approach to their museum… The results are moving.

The “Goat” lives on at the Pontiac Oakland Museum

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Pontiac, the brand, may be dead, but the legacy of Pontiac lives on in stunning fashion at the Pontiac Oakland Museum in Pontiac, IL. (That’s right, IL, not MI) See some of the beauties we found on our visit…