Route 66 Sign

Historic Site in The Loop

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Attention Route 66 buffs: the Mother Road’s starting point is here. Look for the 'Historic 66 Begin' sign that marks the spot on Adams St’s southern side as you head west toward Wabash Ave. There are a couple of other 66 signs on the same block, but this one is the original.

From Chicago the route traverses 2400 miles to Los Angeles, past neon signs, mom-and-pop motels and pie-filled diners.