Remembering the local drive-in

SYCAMORE – A group of former Sip’N Dip workers will gather at the Sycamore History Museum with Mary Jo Bassing, former owner of the drive-in restaurant, to talk about the fun they had in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Their reminiscences will be the focus of the Sept. 5 Brown Bag Lunch at the museum, 1730 N. Main St. Bring your lunch, listen to the memories and recall the days when families went out for a meal and sat in their car to eat and when teenagers met friends for a root beer and tater tots after a dance or game.

“This place of employment was more than a job. It was a family of teenagers who had bosses that truly cared about their life outside of the drive-in,” former employee Jim Lyon explained.  The audience will also be invited to taste samples of treats that were loved by Sip‘N Dip customers.

Stories about the Sip‘N Dip and other local hangouts are part of the museum’s exhibit “PLAY.” This program provides an opportunity to learn things that did not make it into the exhibit.

The Brown Bag Lunch series is free and open to the public. The talk begins at noon. For more information call 815-895-5762 or visit

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