Ready to get your Kicks on Route 66 in Joliet? Not only does the town offer a rich history of Route 66 but we also found a couple of new spots to hike. Here’s what you can do with the family in Joliet.
Get hiking with the family in Joliet
For a respite with nature, take a hike through Pilcher Park. Downed trees, spring flowers, bridges, and streams made this a fun hike. Read all about it here.
Bird Haven Greenhouse
We found the desert, flowers, bridges, waterfalls, and fish at the Bird Haven Greenhouse. Worth a stop since it’s totally free!
Joliet Iron Works
For a completely different scenery from Pilcher Park’s trails and greenhouse, make your way Joliet Iron Works Historic Site. What was once the second-largest steel mill in the nation now functions as an informative trail through abandoned ruins. Such a unique hike! Read all about it here.
Tip: While you’re hiking here you can see the Old Joliet Prison through the trees. If you’re a fan of the Blues Brothers or Prison Break, you may recognize the prison. Plus, they have reopened and are now offering guided tours! May have to come back here without the kids to check it out.
Time for lunch
After our hikes we were famished! We love trying international cuisine whenever we’re out and the Latin restaurant Chevere Latin Cafe was on our list. We tried a little bit of everything: empanadas, arepas, plantain, steak sandwiches. Everything was pretty tasty! Their mocha flan cake was delightful!
Route 66 Time with the family in Joliet
Since we were already parked downtown, we took advantage and walked around town.
Rialto Square Theater
Did you know that Route 66 opened up the same year the Rialto Square Theater opened? Snap a photo by the marquee or better yet take a tour or see a show.
Tip: It’s literally located across the street from Chevere Latin Cafe!
Intersection of Route 66 and Lincoln Highway
Joliet Area Historical Museum
If you have time, the Joliet Area Historical Museum is well worth a visit. If you want to make a quick stop they have the Route 66 Visitors Center here by the entrance. You can also plan the rest of your Mother Road trip at their Route 66 Information Center. And hey they have a gift shop with Route 66 souvenirs.
Tip: Make sure to pose with the Blue Brothers!
Grab a treat
Rich and Creamy
Need a spot to stretch and get ice cream? Head to Rich and Creamy on Broadway where you’ll find the Blue Brothers dancing on their room. Not only can you cool off with shakes and soft serve ice cream, but it’s located at Route 66 Park where you can take a break and play at the playground or take stroll and see the statues.