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The Launching Pad

810 E Baltimore St, Wilmington, Illinois 60481 USA

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Opens Tue 11a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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“"It's outta this world"”

The Gemini Giant is one of the biggest attractions located along the Mother Road of Route 66. The Gemini Giant is the guardian and the protector of the iconic Launching Pad which is a delicious eatery established in 1965. This 28 foot tall space man is one of the few “Muffler Man” statues which remain today in America and along Route 66. He weighs in at an incredible 438 pounds! That is NOT counting the rocket and concrete base. Needless to say, the Launching Pad is in fact well protected by this towering gem of unique Americana.

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Reviewed by
Amanda Bungartz

  • 13 Reviews
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June 20, 2019
Rated 5.0

Such a gem of a place! Not only does the place serve awesome Chicago dogs, but there is a mini museum in the back full of cool entertainment and Route 66 memorabilia! The owners and staff are unbelievably friendly and welcoming. And you can’t miss the giant statue out front. This place is an absolute must-stop.

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The Launching Pad

810 E Baltimore St
Wilmington, Illinois
60481 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Coffee
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeout
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