Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, Willowbrook

645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527
Updated April 11, 2023

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket is a family-run business that captures the heart and soul of Route 66 in a way that few other establishments can. From its humble beginnings as a sandwich counter in a gas station, it has grown into a beloved icon of American dining. In 1946, the acquisition of the building next door allowed the restaurant to expand to its current form, where it has been serving up exceptional food and hospitality to Route 66 travelers ever since.

This historic eatery has been featured in countless documentaries and guidebooks, and its reputation for world-famous slow-cooked chicken is well deserved. But don't be fooled into thinking that chicken is the only game in town – Dell Rhea's also offers beef, ribs, fish, salads, and a tantalizing macaroni and cheese that will make your taste buds sing. And, of course, everything is made fresh, including the dressings.

The atmosphere at Dell Rhea's is the epitome of down-home hospitality, where the welcoming and friendly staff will make you feel right at home. And if you're looking for a bit of live entertainment, head to the Blue Rooster Lounge, where a live band performs on Saturday nights.

The Chicken Basket was inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame in June of 1992 and The National Register of Historic Places” in May of 2006. 

So, if you're traveling Route 66 and looking for an authentic taste of nostalgia, look no further than Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket. This historic gem will leave you with a full stomach and a heart full of memories.

“They serve good food and the specialty is fried chicken, in a cosy place which reminds everyone of the historic Route 66.”

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Jo Maggen, Belgium
645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527
+1 (630) 325-0780
Listing updated April 11, 2023

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