The Launching Pad

Welcome to the official website for the Launching Pad Restaurant, home to the Gemini Giant on historicRoute 66 in Wilmington, Illinois! After a two-year restoration* we are now open as a restaurant, gift and travel shop, Mini Americana Museum and host for Grief Anonymous support group meetings. Come see us!

  • Pizza
  • Hotdogs
  • Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Milkshakes

Launching Pad E-shop

We are very excited to have Gemini Giant merchandise available online! We ship worldwide! Thank you for your support!

Our Story

Hello and Welcome to the Official Website for the Launching Pad Drive-in, Home to the Iconic Gemini Giant on Route 66 in Wilmington, Illinois!