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By on May 1, 2016

Another Gem in the Voted-Best, Travel Center Network

Your first visit to the new, full-service Petro Stopping Center on I-55 at Exit 240 (Lorenzo Road) near Wilmington, Illinois will confirm that you’ve found a
nother gem in the travel center network that drivers consistently vote the best, year after year. As you drive in, you’ll notice the many services and amenities you’ve come to expect from every TA-Petro location are conveniently situated in modern buildings on a spacious and brightly illuminated 27-acre facility.

General Manager Nicole Geary and her Iron Skillet® restaurant team are ready to please your palette with a wide array of options including anytime breakfast, a fresh salad bar, full buffet, and made-to-order menu items. Amir Dawed and his Charleys Philly Steaks® team offer a wide range of quick-service choices. The Minit Mart® convenience store offers the latest StayFit and Good2Go food items for the health conscious, plus a fully stocked World Blends® coffee bar and Cool Cup® fountain.

With a wide range of skills and certifications, Truck Service General Manager Rick Dominguez and his team of professional technicians staff a modern, well-stocked, fully equipped, five-bay TA Service Center. You’ll have quick access to oil change and preventive maintenance services, tire service with leading brands, and a full range of repair services including those authorized as a Freightliner Service Point provider. A drivers’ lounge features laptop desks and DirecTV. Round-the-clock emergency road service helps keep you up and running when problems arise and time is of the

Sparkling Minit Mart®

The fully stocked, 4,900-sq.-ft. Minit Mart convenience store provides everything you’ve come to expect for yourself including food, snacks, beverages, personal care items, and clothing. A range of electronics, truck lubricants and additives, protective gear, and accessories is also available. Whether stopping for a few minutes or an overnight stay, a sparkling clean environment and a welcoming stawil2ff are dedicated to making you feel right at home.

The ultramodern showers can be reserved via a fully automated system, as well as being accessible through the TA-Petro TruckSmart® mobile app. The latest laundry facilities accept credit/debit card payments and send you a text message when the cycle is finished. Professional driver movie and TV rooms are equipped with comfortable seating. For those traveling with companion animals, there’s even a convenient pet relief area.

When you’re ready for a workout, the well-equipped fitness room offers a variety of machines to exercise the key muscle groups. Although less strenuous, a walking trail is a great way to burn calories and maintain muscle tone. If relaxation is your priority after a strenuous day or night, you have several options for unwinding in comfort. History buffs will enjoy the visual connections with the famous Route 66 th
at ran right through downtown Wilmington.

So next time you’re traveling into or out of Chicago on I-55, make Petro Wilmington your gateway destination to avoid those famous Windy City morning and afternoon traffic jams. Whether for a short visit or an overnight Reserve-It! parking stay, give yourself a special treat at this new travel-center gem.



Where: I-55, Exit 240
Phone: 779.232.7975
Fax: 779.232.7985
Truck Parking Spaces: 229
Reserve-It! Parking: Yes
Private Showers: 9
Truck Service Bays: 5
Diesel Refueling Lanes: 8
Restaurants: Iron Skillet®, Charleys Philly Steak®
Special Attraction: Minit Mart® travel store


Kicks on 66

The sustaining charm of Wilmington, Illinois is attributable to its ideal location on the Kankakee River and its bed of solid rock that supportswil5

an island known for its natural beauties. The river was part of a water highway system used by three Indian tribes in the 1700s and by settlers starting in the 1830s.

Thomas Cox acquired 400 acres from the federal government including the island. Water was initially used to power a sawmill; then a corn cracker, a gristmill, and a carding machine. Those living in Will, Kankakee, Grundy and Livingston Counties utilized these important facilities, with many traveling 50 miles or more.
wil6Route 66 or the “Main Street of America” was created in 1926 as part of the federal highway system and became what many consider the most well known road in the country, if not the world. Traversing eight states and 2,448 miles, Illinois was the first of eight states to complete hard paving of its section, and was the first to complete interstate upgrades. Known today as state highway 53, Historic Route 66 complete with brown signage crosses the river and passes through downtown Wilmington.

The Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad Drive-in and the giant Sinclair Dinosaur on the roof of G&D Tires are frequently photographed landmarks. The nearby Des Plaines Conservation Area and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, the world’s largest such restoration project, are significant natural resources that attract tourists. These are just some of the kicks you’ll find on Route 66.

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