Joliet, Illinois, USA
I've heard so much about the famous Route 66; I know it crossed the United States from the Midwest to the West Coast, but .... does it still exist? In my quest to know, I found that part of the old road still exists and passes through nothing more and nothing else than Joliet, the next town from where I live. So on the first weekend of November, I drove there and south to sketch some of the roadside attractions in three different towns.
The first one was the Rich & Creamy Ice Cream Store in Joliet. Once my husband took me there when I first moved to the United States. I wasn't impressed, I thought it was dated and old. With my limited knowledge about this country, I had little appreciation of what I was witnessing. That has changed. Now I like anything vintage and that has history. I sat on the shade across the road, it was cold, but I captured the Blues Brothers on top.
Next day, Sunday, I headed south to the Village of Dwight, Illinois. There's a beautiful historic place called the Ambler's Texaco Gas Station. I LOVED the vintage gas pumps. This time I wasn't going to let the cold weather get to me, so this smart girl parked the car with the trunk's window facing the building. I sketched in the trunk very comfortably and stayed warm. I love the result.
Finally I headed back north to the town of Wilmington to make a stop at this statue made of fiberglass, the Gemini Giant. Now a restaurant, it started as a stand selling only hot dogs. I believe old Route 66 is full of these giant statues, something in vogue then. I had a great weekend on Route 66.
Adriana Gasparich, originally from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has lived in Joliet and, more recently, Shorewood, Illinois. She posts to Urban Sketchers Midwest Facebook, Urban Sketchers Chicago Facebook, and to her own blog, A blog about worded sketches.