The Launching Pad

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


Closed for the season
Thank you for a great 2021.
We’ll be back March 2022.

  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Sandwiches
  • Pizza
  • Milkshakes
  • Fries

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!

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