|The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield
Most travelers seem to start their journey on Route 66 in Chicago, and head westbound. That is the direction we take on this website.
The beginning point of Route 66 in Chicago has changed over the years. Today, the starting point is at East Adams Street at South Michigan Avenue, and the end point is at East Jackson at South Michigan. One way streets in the area can be difficult to navigate for first-time Route 66 visitors!
From its beginning in Chicago, Route 66 headed southwest to Joliet, Wilmington, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Bloomington, Lincoln and Springfield. The segment from Chicago to Springfield is roughly a 2.5 hour drive.
Springfield is the capital of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County, and home to over 115,000 residents.
The most famous historic resident was Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he was elected President and moved to Washington, D.C.
When in Springfield, be sure to visit one of the most popular stops in town, the Cozy Dog!
Cozy Dog Drive In
This well known drive-in is home of the original hot dog on a stick, dipped in batter and deep friend. It has been owned and operated by the Ed Waldmire family on famous Route 66 in Springfield since 1949.
The drive in still uses the same batter recipe and homemade chili that Ed Waldmire originally developed. In addition to the cozy dogs, the restaurant also serves breakfast, hamburgers, a variety of sandwiches, and much more!
Today, Josh Waldmire (3rd Generation, Ed's Grandson) continues the tradition of serving the delicious dogs on stick.
A visit to the Cozy Dog is highly recommended for all Route 66 travelers!
The Cozy Dog is located at 2935 South Sixth Street, Springfield, IL 62703.
Read more at the website of the Cozy Dog Drive In, and phone 217.525.1992 for more information
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