Statues of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Betty Boop at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois

Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois

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Route 66 is dotted with plenty of photo ops and classic diners. And you can find both of those in one in Braidwood, Illinois at the Polk-a-Dot Drive In.

Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois

The Polk-a-Dot Drive In has been feeding hungry travelers since 1956. With a full menu of hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs, ice cream, milkshakes, and their famous chili cheese fries, there is something to order for everyone.

Inside the restaurant is decorated in retro diner decor complete with a checkerboard floor, classic movie memorabilia, jukeboxes, and more.

Outside you can take your photo with a slew of your favorite celebrities. Life-sized statues of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, James Dean, the Blues Brothers and Betty Boop line up for selfies. There’s also a display featuring Superman, vintage photo booth and Daily Planet newspaper backdrop and all.

You’ll be sure to spot the Polk-a-Dot Drive In on your Route 66 road trip so pull over for lunch or dinner and a selfie or two. And, while you’re there, be sure to pop across the street to see another fun Illinois roadside attraction: the Braidwood Zoo.

Superman and phone booth photo op at  the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Superman and phone booth photo op at  the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Superman and phone booth photo op at  the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Statues of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Betty Boop at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Statues of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Betty Boop at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Statues of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Betty Boop at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Elvis Statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Marilyn Monroe statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
James Dean statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Betty Boop statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Betty Boop statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Elvis Statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Elvis Statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
Elvis Statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois
The Blues Brothers statue photo op at the Route 66 Polk-a-Dot Drive In in Braidwood, Illinois

Polk-a-Dot Drive In

Address: 222 N Front St, Braidwood, IL 60408
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-8pm
Cost: Free to see, food costs vary

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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

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