Route 66 in Romeoville, Illinois
By Jody Sidle
Route 66 is such an iconic road, reminiscent of the days of family road trips, milkshakes, hot rods, Buddy Holly and James Dean. I can still imagine my trip travelling through Illinois, absorbed in the music and scenery and with a care-free disposition! I stopped in Romeoville, Illinois, set along the state’s Heritage Corridor, to explore a small piece of this iconic road that has so many stories to share.
Great Cooking in Romeoville
My first stop along Route 66 was Romeoville, known for a lovely restaurant called the White Fence Farm, which claims to have the “World’s Best Chicken.” The White Fence Farm has been family owned since the 1920s and has stood the test of time. Their always-fresh, never-frozen chicken is delivered daily. The breading on the fried chicken is milled in Chicago especially for the restaurant. The meat is pressure cooked first before being flash fried in a secret sauce. There truly is only one word to describe this chicken: Delicious! I also indulged in some of their homemade side dishes, which rounded out this very homey meal.
They’re open for dinner every day except Monday, and they even have a petting zoo for the kids! You can generally expect a crowd at this popular restaurant.
Historic Fitzpatrick House
Also in Romeoville is the historic Fitzpatrick House, which once belonged to a Canadian named Patrick Fitzgerald back in the 1830s. Fitzgerald spent most of his youth in Ireland, but soon became an important figure in Illinois when he helped construct the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The home is a place to learn more about the history of the area, especially the importance of the canal. You’ll also find other general information that’s helpful when planning a trip in the area.
Route 66 Information Kiosks
On your way through Romeoville, stop and take a look at the Route 66 Information Kiosk, which has a list of the best places to stop along Route 66. You can find similar kiosks along the Corridor in Joliet and Wilmington. Some of the must-sees along the route include the Gemini Giant, a 30-foot-tall statue, and the Polk-A-Dot Drive-In, which plays tunes from the 1950s and ‘60s and serves a famous turtle sundae.
If you’re traveling Route 66 through Illinois, be sure to stop in Romeoville. This is one small part of an iconic American road that will connect you to the heart of the country.