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Cicero, IL
March 29, 2013

Cicero on Ogden Avenue heading out of Chicago is an industrial area with lots of hospitals followed by deteriorating neighborhoods. It's not particularly scenic, but the traveling is easy for leaving a major city. There are a few Route 66 landmarks along the way, including the Castle Carwash, Henry's Drive In with its giant hot dog sign and Cyndy Lyn's Motel and Suites.

Cicero was once Al Capone's headquarters when he fled Chicago to avoid the law. It was the home of the Hawthorne Hotel, which Hymie Weiss famously machine gunned in 1926, miraculously killing no one. The Hawthorne was torn down many years ago. Other Al Capone haunts no longer with us include the Hawthorne Inn, the Cotton Club, The Ship, Anton's and Montmarte.

Today, Cicero is a town of about 100,000 people. In contrast to its outlaw past, it was the site of a civil rights march led by Jesse Jackson.

Westbound from Cicero: Berwyn
  • From Cicero, stay on Ogden Ave. to Berwyn

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Eastbound from Cicero: Chicago
  • From Cicero, follow Ogden Ave.
  • Cross Van Buren
  • Go right onto Jackson
  • Cross I-90/94 and the Chicago River into Downtown Chicago
  • Stay on Jackson to the "End Route 66" sign at Lake Shore Drive

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