Situated in the small town of Wilmington, The Launching Pad Drive-In has been feeding Route 66 travellers since it first opened its doors in 1960. It offers a full menu of very calorific foods and wonderful ice cream. The quirky decor inside makes it an interesting stop between Chicago and Springfield, Illinois.
On the south side of the diner is the famous green Gemini Giant - a huge fibreglass astronaut and one of the 3 “brothers” of Route 66 in Illinois. If you’re travelling east to west he’ll be one of the first iconic landmarks you’ll encounter on your Route 66 holiday. Be sure to stop for a photo!
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(The Drive-In sadly closed in March 2013, pictures can still be taken outside of this iconic R66 landmark)