As Berwyn and other suburbs began booming in the 1920s, a new numbered highway system was sprouting across America. Route 66 was one such road, and – in the century since – it’s become an icon of progress and connection. In Berwyn, Ogden Avenue is a vibrant reminder of times past and a present-day nod to all our town has to offer. Streetscape improvements incorporate a 1950s vibe, and history lessons are available along the way. Stop and read the byway wayside exhibits to explore a stretch of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and the start fo “fast food” restaurants, the automobile-based economy, and our unique American car culture.
Shop Along Ogden
While cars and good food are reason enough to cruise Ogden Avenue, there are plenty of unique shops along the way worth a visit.
Aptly located in an old Chevy dealership, Berwyn’s Toys & Trains is a toy and model train store treasured since 1992 for its trove of new and vintage toys. The shop features a fantastic selection of model trains and a delightful toy train landscape, including a teeny toy store.
Above and Beyond Music Store provides high-quality lessons, products, and services to musicians and music lovers at affordable prices.
Comic book aficionados and gamers alike love Top Cut Comics. A large selection of comic books and video games is enhanced by trading cards, action figures, and a back room with board games, too. Top Cut Comics is also a popular destination for its special events like a weekly Super Sham Bros Ultimate tourney, Pokemon events, and more. Collectors become regulars because of the loyalty program.
The Automobile Mother Lode on the Mother Road
As part of Route 66, known as The Mother Road, It’s no surprise that Ogden Avenue is home to several top-notch, car-related businesses and events.
For those looking for a new or used ride, Berwyn Kia has earned its reputation as a reliable and trustworthy dealership. Buying a car can be a stressful process, and the sales and service team at Berwyn Kia is known for being helpful and patient.
Zeigler Pre-Owned of Chicago is known for its friendly, helpful staff and wide range of vehicles.
Over three generations, proud owners have relied on Ogden Top & Trim for their superior craftsmanship. Since 1919 (yes, before Ogden Avenue was part of Route 66), this award-winning upholstery and trim shop has serviced custom cars, restorations, and repairs alike.
Should you experience car trouble, Ogden Avenue may have just the place for you. Mike & Sons Auto Service gets points for honesty and professionalism. Even the pickiest car owners report satisfaction with Ron’s R & B Auto Body & Kustoms. Weimer Machine LLC & Automotive Repair Specialists specializes in bringing old-fashioned levels of service to repair and maintain both vintage and modern cars. The Berwyn Midas has a solid reputation for straight talk and good work. The Berwyn winner for collision repair may just be Crash Champions, which customers have trusted for over two decades. Once your car is serviced and repaired, keep it clean with Buddy Bear Car Wash and Gas Plus, one of a handful of locations owned by the same family for three generations.
Beyond businesses, Berwyn loves to celebrate cars, too. The annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show features hundreds of classic and custom vehicles. Save the date for August 2021 to celebrate!
Fast and Slow Food
Paisans Pizzeria and Bar’s award-winning pizza, burgers, salads, and wings are delicious reasons to stop. It’s a family favorite not just for great food but for a Route 66 inspired ambiance complete with custom motorcycles and a dragster on display. Since 2011, this 20,000 square foot restaurant and banquet facility has called the Mother Road home.
For over 30 years, Michael Anthony’s Pizzeria & Bar has been a family favorite for serving up your traditional Italian pizzeria experience. Locals know this is the place to head when you want classically good slices, a cold beer, and a place to watch the game with friends .
Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge is another neighborhood gem. Filled with Route 66 inspired memorabilia, the mouth-watering BBQ features tempting, homemade sauces ready to be washed down with on-tap craft brews. Patrons love the wide range of events, from movie screenings to open mic comedy nights. As the name suggests, it’s also a fine place to snag a quality cigar.
Avito Caffe brings and Old-World-meets-Old-Hollywood character and an ideal spot to fuel up with a cappuccino before a road trip. You can also purchase delicious Mario’s Marinara pasta sauces made by Berwyn’s beloved local firehouse chef, Mario Mandredini.
If you’re looking for grab-and-go or quick bites, try Novi’s Beef, proud winner of Chicago’s Best Beef, whose hand-cut fries get rave reviews. Route 66’s oldest White Castle is a perfect pit stop for an original slider. Fans of Turano bread can snag a sub with bread baked nearby at the Mr. Submarine, Chicago’s first sub shop. Enjoy authentic Mexican food from the recently remodeled Taqueria El Meson Express, which includes a delicious, bacon-filled Taco Alhambre.