LEFT: The cover of Route 66 in Chicago, the new pictorial history that tells the story of the growth of Chicago's transportation network and how it led to the creation of Route 66! From Arcadia Publishing's Images of America Series.
Click here or on the image to the left to read the Introduction to Route 66 in Chicago in its entirety.
Route 66 in Chicago has six chapters. Chapter 1, "Beginning the Journey," takes an overview of Chicago's "Route Center" intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, where Route 66's original beginning point was located. Chapter 2, "Creating the Corridor," explores the importance of Chicago's early waterways in creating the transportation corridor which would later be exploited by Route 66. Click here or on the image to the left to see two pages of Chapter 3, "Expanding the Gateway," which links the emergence of Chicago as the greatest rail center of the North American continent to the eventual success of Route 66.
Chapter 4 of Route 66 in Chicago, "Spreading the Wealth," contains images illustrating the commerce of Chicago along the Route 66 corridor, which then spread along the highway to the metropolitan area's hinterland. Click here or on the image to the left to see two pages of Chapter 5, "Serving the Traveler," which covers the growth of transit, lodging, dining, and automobile-related businesses along Chicago's Route 66 corridor. Chapter 6, "Surviving the Interstates," discusses the changes caused by the opening of Chicago's urban expressways and looks to the future in hope that Chicago's Route 66 legacy can help in the economic uplift currently being experienced on the city's west side.