Standard Oil Filling Station

Odell, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

The Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois was built in 1932 by Patrick O’Donnell. Constructed a few years after Route 66 was routed through town, it became a popular spot for fueling vehicles on the Mother Road.

The Odell service station was built in a “House and Canopy” or “Domestic” style that resembled a gabled house with a gabled canopy. The two attached garage bays were added later.

When it first opened, O’Donnell did sell Standard Oil, but later switched to fueling Phillips 66 and Sinclair. In 1952 Robert Close, who owned a cafe next door, rented the business and, after the death of O’Donnell, bought it for himself. He sold gas out of the property until the 1970s then used the building as a repair shop. In 1999 he sold the station to the Village of Odell, who planned to restore the historic site. The property won the National Historic Route 66 Federation Cyrus Avery Award in 2002 for the year’s most outstanding Route 66 preservation project.

Today the Historic Standard Oil Gasoline Station operates as a welcome center and visitor center for the town.

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Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Standard Oil Filling Station

Address:
400 S West St, Odell, IL 60460

Hours:
10am-4pm (Wednesday-Sunday)
Closed (Monday-Tuesday)

Cost:
Free

Phone Number:
(815) 998-2133

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Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Standard Oil Filling Station in Odell, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • The service station is visible at all hours for visitor photos. The visitor center inside has limited hours so it might not be open when you stop by.

Where to Stay Near Standard Oil Filling Station

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest after a good meal with a stay at one of these Illinois Route 66 hotels.

Super 8 by Wyndham Dwight

If you’re stretching your Route 66 itinerary and are looking to spend the night between Chicago and Springfield, the Super 8 by Wyndham Dwight is a solid choice. Conveniently located off I-55 and close to Historic Route 66, this newly renovated property and pet-friendly hotel offers free WiFi and free breakfast just minutes from this roadside attraction.

Cindy Lyn Motel

If you’re driving Route 66 in Illinois you’ll probably be spending your first (or last) night in Chicago. But if you’re looking for something outside of the city and a little closer to this attraction, Cindy Lyn Motel is a solid choice. The Cindy Lyn Motel opened on Route 66 in 1960 and has been known as the “last motel before the city” for more than 50 years.

Congress Plaza Hotel

Located near the start of Route 66, the Congress Plaza Hotel has been in operation since 1893 and is a welcoming stay for the beginning of your journey on the Mother Road.

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