New markers erected on Route 66 in Chicago

Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism department, recently placed new Route 66 signs to celebrate the highway’s upcoming centennial.

According to WGN-TV in Chicago, the signs were placed near the Art Institute of Chicago, plus at 1969 W. Ogden Ave., 3100 W. Ogden Ave. and 3801 W. Ogden Ave. Ogden is a main alignment of Route 66.

The Art Institute sits at the eastern starting point of Route 66 at Adams Street and Michigan Avenue. It’s also very near the eastern terminus at Jackson and Michigan.

Choose Chicago also is offering free Route 66 trolley tours through August.

The trolley tours, called “Route 66 Neighborhoods by Trolley,” will take participants through Chicago neighborhoods along Route 66.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The tours take about 3 1/2 hours and will depart at 11:30 a.m.

Tours start and end in the eastern bus loading area for the Art Institute’s Modern Wing at 230 S. Columbus Drive.

(Image of a new Route 66 sign at the Art Institute of Chicago by Choose Chicago)

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