Route 66’s mystique has captivated people for years and has spawned many road trips. Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket is Willowbrook’s claim to Route 66 fame. According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago: “In 1946 the ‘Nationally Famous Chicken Basket’ opened, attracting drivers along the busy highway by installing a rooftop skating rink complete with professional ice skaters. Inside, big-name bands played music while customers peered out picture windows to watch helicopters take off from Hinsdale Airport. Dell Rhea bought the restaurant in 1963, renaming it Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket.”
Read the Chicago Tribune article “Route 66 Motels Checking Out” to discover more about this nostalgic restaurant that also serves great chicken!