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Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket Serves Up This Classic Dish in a Nostalgic Route 66 Location

Since today is National Fried Chicken Day, I figured it was a good time to share a place known for their fried chicken. It's a spot I first learned about nearly two decades ago, but didn't visit until earlier this year. It was mid-February and the world was still clueless about the extent to which the coronavirus would shut down our whole world.

It was a wintery day and I had a meeting set up with a new writing client in Countryside, so I decided it would be a great time to finally pay a visit to Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket, which wasn't too far from my meeting spot.
It began around 1940 as a lunch counter in a gas station. They soon became known for their delicious chicken and quickly outgrew the lunch counters. The car bays became a dining room and by 1946 it was moved into a new building at Route 66 and 79th St. in Hinsdale. It also later became a Blue Bird Bus Stop and drew diners who were headed out to as far as Los Angeles via Route 66. In the 1960s, an expressway di…

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