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Joliet to celebrate Route 66 heritage May 30, 2007

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Towns.
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The city of Joliet, Ill., is holding a big bash downtown Saturday to celebrate its connection to the Mother Road, according to the Joliet Herald-News.

It’s an all-day block party with a classic car show, a sock hop, an ice cream parlor and outdoor showings of “Cars,” a movie based on people and places along The Mother Road, and a showing of “Grease.” All of the events will be held in the city’s downtown. […]

So the new museum exhibit, the permanent roadside displays — including statues of Jake and Elwood from “The Blues Brothers” on top of the Rich and Creamy stand, 920 N. Broadway — and special signs will enhance the experience while drawing more tourists to Will County […]

The highlight of Saturday’s celebration will be a live, star-studded re-creation of “You’re the One That I Want,” the final number in “Grease.” Local VIPs will do the number around 6:45 p.m. or immediately after The Blooze Brothers performance beginning at 5 p.m. Both acts will play on a stage in the Ottawa Street parking lot between Benton and Webster streets and near the Renaissance Center.

Smartly, the city hired Route 66ers John and Lenore Weiss to help plan the event. The city has a Web site touting the event.

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1. Dwayne "the canoe guy" - May 31, 2007

The nice part about the Joliet strip, besides the beautiful Rialto theatre (tours available on Tuesdays) is that Route 66 & Route 6 (the ‘other’ road) actually overlap in town.


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