Holiday Inn Route 66 Banquet & Conference Center
411 S Larkin Ave
Chicago Water Tower - The Great Fire that consumed most of Chicago in 1871 and which is popularly said to have been caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow. It is partly to the Great Fire that Chicago owes its rebirth as a center for architecture. The famous Chicago Water Tower, built in 1869, is one of the few structures to have survived the blaze and which still stands to this day and houses a visitor center.
I thought this was a unique billboard to find in Romeoville, IL
Incorporated in 1888, Lyons is steeped in earlier historical roots. In 1673 French Explorer Louis Joliet and Jesuit missionary Father Pierre Marquette left Green Bay, Wisconsin by canoe in search of a western passage to the Pacific. As they traveled into the Spanish controlled area of Louisiana, they realized that the mighty Mississippi River drained into the already well knwn Gulf of Mexic. With winter approaching, they headed north as quickly as possible. To save time, the Potawatomi Indians who were with them encouraged changing their route to the Illinois River. The short cut led to the Des Plains River and caused the French travelers to discover “Le Portage.” This half-mile wide area of land connecting the Chicago River and the Des Plaines River, over which they could carry their canoes and supplies, was to become the discovery for which they would both become famous. Later known as the Chicago Portage. This small area became the “Gateway to the West” and was used by thousands of early settlers and traders traveling both east and west. The discovery of “Le Portage” was part of the impetus that led to Chicago becoming a center for the world trade.
Hoffman Tower - An eight-story tower castle-like structure built in 1908, beside the Des Plaines River currently housing a museum operated by the Lyons Historical Commission. The building was constructed circa 1908. There is also an adjacent Riverwalk.
Isle de la Cache - 501 E. Romeo Road – A Cultural history museum.
"Island of the Hiding Place" - this title is the translation of the French phrase "Isle a la Cache." It refers to a time when the French voyageurs traveled down rivers deep into the wild unknowns; a time when the native Potawatomi lived off the land for food, shelter, clothing, and medicine; a time when it was stylish in Europe to wear hats from beaver fur found plentiful in the new land, the Illinois Country. The 18th century was a time of change and the creation of a "Middle Ground" between Europeans and Native Americans. Learn all about this period in history at Isle a la Cache Museum.
- Mellisa McCarthy, actress -- McCarthy first garnered recognition for her role as Sooke St. James on the WB network television series Gilmore Girls. She portrayed Dena on the ABC sitcom Saantha Who?. Mccarthy was then cast as Molly Flynn on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly.
- Don Swayze, actor -- Swayze was born in Houston, Texas, the middle son of Patsy Yvonne Helen (nee Karnes, a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, an engineering drafter. He is a younger brother of the late actor Patrick Swayze and of sister Vicky Lynn, and the older brother of Sean Kyle and adopted sister Bora Song (nicknamed Bambi). He is a sixth cousin once removed of commentator John Cameron Swayze, and a relative of noted Texas Revolution soldier HenryKarnes.
Old Joliet State Prison – 1125 Collins Street – Now closed state prison from which John Belushi ( aka "Joliet Jake") is released at the beginning of the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. The first prisoners were received here in 1858. It is also the location for the first season of FOX Network's Prison Break television show and the movie Let's Go to Prison.
Route 66 Raceway [815-722-5500] - Where NHRA drag races, NASCAR stock car races, and occasional pop music concerts are held.