Launching Pad 04/25

The Chicago MINI Motoring Club will finally be able to formally stop at the Launching Pad, home of the Gemini Giant to sample their eats!!

WRAPUP: We had close to 30 MINIs participating from as far away as Rockford and Milwaukee area. The drive was a bit challenging due to construction on one of the bridges forces a re-route of directions.
The Launching Pad was not yet officially open but they did open their doors and parking lot to the Chicago MINI Motoring Club for a “soft” pre-open test run day. There was a large selection of menu items and the food was very tasty. We had a great time hanging around both inside and in the parking area checking out all the cool MINIs and getting the photo-ops under the Gemini Giant as well as other local area murals. Huge thanks to Holly and Tully from the Launching Pad and to Austin Coop from for joining in and donating some Route 66 swag to our group!!

Photos by: Steve |

We tried to visit a year ago March but plans were cut short due to Covid. Take a drive and a visit to this iconic restaurant.

WHAT: A drive, and a late lunch/early dinner at the Launching Pad

WHEN: Sunday April 25th Departure time is 1pm. Get there a little early to meet and greet, sign an event wavier and get a route sheet.

WHERE: Drive start is at Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Dr, Aurora, IL 60504 We will try to meet toward the northwest side near the Station Street entrance
Ending location is The Launching Pad 810 E Baltimore St, Wilmington, IL 60481

WHY: Just for fun. Add a comment to let us know you will be attending!!

IMPORTANT COVID INFORMATION: Masks are still required when indoors and when social distancing is not possible. Please be courteous to your MINI friends