Category Archives: Day Rides

Western Suburb Ride September 9

Ride from Jaspers thru Western Suburbs to Schmidts for Lunch and then to Grahams Fine Chocolates and ice cream Geneva IL

John F. led the group of eight bike through the NW suburbs ultimately following a scenic route along the Fox River through Geneva, Batavia and St Charles. Ultimately ending up in Elburn, Il. for lunch at Schmidt’s.   It happened that the Rolling Thunder riding group was just getting organized for their planned Poker Run.  About 50 bikes were already on site when we arrived with more on the way.  

Quick stop for gas on the route.
Lined up with the Rolling Thunder Group getting ready for lunch



Del Rhea Ride Willowbrook,IL



Come join the Chaiway Riders in celebrating the an Iconic Rt 66 Destination  the Del Rhea’s Chicken Basket.  Heading for Lunch to Dell Rhea’s old route 66 diner featured on diners, drive-ins and dives. Meet at Jasper for breakfast. KSU 930am Take Sheridan Rd south along lake front head onto Ogden and out to Willowbrook


Here is the details on the destination: 

World Famous Fried Chicken

Route 66 Famous Fried Chicken History

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket got its humble beginnings sometime in the late 1930s or early 1940s in an old gas station lunch counter. One day, two local farm women came in and overheard the owner (Irv Kolarik) talking about selling more food. Having a wonderful recipe for fried chicken, they approached him and offered to teach him how to cook fried chicken if he would buy his chickens from them.

Because the fried chicken was so good and the highway so busy, the Chicken Basket outgrew its lunch counter and the two car repair bays were turned into a dining room. Not long after that, with the restaurant still growing, the adjacent land was purchased and a brand new restaurant was built.

The Chicken Basket, as it is to

day, opened in the summer of 1946 on Illinois Route 66 and 79th Street in Hinsdale right next door to its original location. Because of the amount of traffic and distance from Chicago, the Chicken Basket was the perfect stopping place going to or coming from Chicago. These perfect locations also lead to the Chicken Basket becoming a Blue Bird bus stop. People came to the Chicken Basket to purchase bus tickets to travel as far away as Los Angeles or to send packages to loved ones anywhere in between Chicago and LA.

The restaurant’s many large windows allowed patrons to view the small private planes taking off and landing at the old Hinsdale airport across the street. There was always something going on at the Chicken Basket, whether the roof top ice skaters in the winter months or the live entertainment on the weekends.

The restaurant’s need for chicken soon outgrew the capability of the two local women, and another local farmer who was just moving into the area took over. That farmer was none other than Stanley Helma, father and grandfather of today’s owners.

In the early 1960s, Illinois Route 66 bypassed the Chicken Basket and the beloved Route 66 icon fell on hard times. People who remembered the restaurant couldn’t figure out how to get to it and it almost went out of business for lack of customers. In 1963, Dell Rhea and his wife, Grace, bought the restaurant at a bargain price. Dell, being very well known in the area, used his reputation to help bring people back to the Chicken Basket.

With a lot of hard work,  Our goal has long been to serve our customers the freshest, most outstanding food. We also promise to provide you with the best service in the world. We would like to thank you for 60 plus years of loyalty, and we would like to ask for another 60 years of that same loyalty.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me ( I will gladly answer any question or address any concern you may have.

We wouldn’t have World Famous Fried Chicken without World Famous Customers—thank you for more than 60 years of support.









Summer Picnic – 2014

As in previous years, on Labor Day weekend Sunday, we held our annual Club Picnic.  Following our traditional Sunday breakfast/meetup at Panera Bread in Glenview, Ride Director Andy F. led the group over local roads and scenic byways to Union Pier, Michigan where Marty and spouse Andrea hosted a catered picnic at their summer home on Lake Michigan.

The Mustard Museum

The National Mustard Museum ride has been a Chaiway Riders staple for many years.  When located in Mount Horeb, it was a pretty long trip for one day, but the museum’s relocation to Middleton, a suburb of Madison, made it a lot more accessible.  The trip up to Middleton is by local and scenic roads, while the return is usually by Interstate.

Relaxing after the ride up, and ready to go for some mustard.

Also, there’s the Hubbard Avenue Diner just down the street that provides Chaiway Rider nourishment for the ride home.

The Curator of the Museum shows some of his stuff.  A mustard to collect for each state you have visited.  Wear them on your shirt, or on your vest as proud as any patch.


So, the next time you see this vehicle on the road, think of the mustard colored Gold Wing leading a group of Chaiway Riders to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton.  Enjoy the scenic trip up, the good food (and pie) at Hubbard Avenue Diner, and save some room in the saddlebags for some gourmet mustards that cannot be found on most grocery shelves.

This is just one of many Sunday rides by the Chaiway Riders and a reason to be a member.  When you get to Middleton, WI, stop by the museum and tell them that the Chaiway Riders sent you, or visit their website.