It just sounds so juvenile when you hear it being said and played hooky is what I did. It was worth it for a few good reasons in which my number one reason is because it is MONDAY! I know I could’ve just rolled over my bed and got ready for work but I’m like “I’m gonna be like Bueller and skip adulting for a day”. Imagine a middle-aged woman skipping work to have a grand ol’ adventure with no other than mom. Yes y’all heard me, my very own mother was my sidekick for the day. We had been watching a few episodes of Chicago’s best on tv the day before and it kind of played a big part on where we went today.
This day trip was kind of educational for me in a way, for I am not a native of Illinois and I am still trying to figure out the “where’s” and the “what’s” in the land of Lincoln. So today we have decided to get lost in a small town called Joliet population 148,262 (estimate 2017).
Famous Route 66 passes through historic downtown and you can stop by the visitors center to check out more information about the main street of America or grab a bite at the Route 66 Diner that is just around the corner of this marker.
Now going back to the main reason why we made this trip, nothing really motivates me enough unless we are talking about food. I would drive a good mile in search of good noms and we ended up in a place called Chicken N Spice. It is right smack dab in the middle of sleepy downtown Joliet. The location had been there since 1979 which I think the place needs a bit of updating to be honest. The place did not disappoint though, the price is really affordable. I am not a big fan of chicken breasts but this joint had changed me. There are also couple of things that they have on the menu that I have not seen it served in any chicken places that I had been anywhere in Illinois, livers and gizzards. Last time I had chicken gizzards was in a KFC in South Carolina and even that don’t come close to the tenderness of the gizzards that they serve here.
On the way back home we came across a massive abandoned building that had been film locations to different tv series such as Fox’s “Prison Break” and movies such as “The Blues Brothers” and “Red Heat” to name a few. The Old Joliet Prison held prisoners from 1858 until 2002, in the construction of nearby Statesville Correctional and budget cuts had been the cause of its demise. The place was barricaded with wired fences and signs stating that trespassers will be prosecuted, is just enough to keep my sidekick stay sat in the car. I can’t imagine myself being locked up in one of those fortresses, I’d probably go crazy.
It was a very productive unproductive day and playing hooky is always fun with sidekicks. We drove away and ended up doing some retail therapy at Nordstrom and bought a half a dozen donuts at Stan’s. So I am just going to leave you with this yummy pistachio donut.