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Red Carpet Corridor Festival Plans in Progress

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release:

The 9th annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will run May 2 & 3, 2015. This festival takes place along a 90-mile stretch of historic Route 66 – starting in Joliet in the north and ending at Towanda, Illinois in the south. Along that length of America’s Main Street, there will be scheduled events both days of the festival. Each of the 13 communities along the Mother Road will stage special activities for young and old alike. There will be bake sales, flea markets, car shows, history displays and presentations, contests, dances, live music, great food, and fun for everyone. You can examine the full slate of events by visiting the Red Carpet Corridor’s webpage.

Future of Tropics Neon Sign Uncertain

By Route 66 Association of Illinois Treasurer, Marty Blitstein

It has come to the attention of myself and our Association as a whole that the iconic Tropics neon sign, which was supposed to be restored by the city of Lincoln, IL has been discovered to have been poorly placed in a yard waste disposal site in Lincoln, instead of being carefully stored out of the elements while awaiting restoration.

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At a meeting of the Lincoln city council committee on Monday, March 23, I implored the committee to do right by this piece of Route 66 memorabilia. Here's an excerpt of my comments:

Hall of Famer, Angelo Aggelopoulous Has Passed Aaway

Sad news to report...

Hall of Famer, Angelo Aggelopoulous, passed away on Saturday March 21st.

Visitation
March 25, 2015
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tezaks Funeral Home
1211 Plainfield Road
Joliet, IL

The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois Launches Crowd Funding Campaign to Complete Restoration & Open as a Museum

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd of Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County for providing the following press release to share.

The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois Launches International Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to Complete Restoration & Open as a Museum

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County has launched an Indiegogo.com crowd funding campaign to finish restoring the famous Mill Restaurant on Route 66 in Lincoln, IL into a museum, featuring a collection of items representing Route 66 in Logan County. The campaign runs for 40 days and ends on April 25, 2015. The goal for completing the renovation work is in time for the annual October celebration in 2015.

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R.I.P., Scott Cameron, of Route 66 Sodas

We are sad to report that Scott Cameron, president and CEO of Route 66 Sodas in Lebanon, Missouri, has passed away at the age of 76.

Please read a complete story and history of Mr Cameron and his connection to the Mother Road here on Route 66 News.

Our condolences go out to Scott's family and friends.

Your Spring Route 66 Wardrobe: Solved!

Available now!

Ringer Tshirt designA new version of a classic! This ash gray "ringer T" shirt features a black band at the neck and sleeves. It was originally available in 1989, featuring Bob Waldmire's familiar and beloved design - and this year, we're bringing it back. It may have been lost for many years, but it definitely hasn't been forgotten!

Still Available!

Waldmire Tshirt artwork_1.pngOur black T-shirt is made of 100% American grown, harvested and spun cotton, is preshrunk and is even sewn in the USA.

Both the new gray and the black are available for the same price - your choice!

$15 (sizes S, M, L, XL)
$16 (size 2XL)
$17 (size 3XL)
+ $5 shipping each (US only)

Mail your check for t-shirt(s) specifying your color preference (gray or black) to:

Route 66 Association of Illinois
110 Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Profits from the sale of both of these made in the USA T-shirts will help support preservation efforts of the Bob Waldmire bus, located behind our Association Hall of Fame and Museum at 110 Howard St in Pontiac, IL.

Association Picnic 2015

picnic sign.jpgAll are cordially invited to attend our annual Association picnic.

Sunday, August 16, 2015
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

It will again be held at Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk's Grove, IL
4532 N 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61254 (right off Route 66).

Click to view photos from our picnic from last year in this story, and plan to come picnic with some great folks this year!

Official 2015 Motor Tour Logo

It's ready! The official logo for our 2015 Motor Tour, entitled, "Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road!" The Motor Tour, our signature annual event will take place June 12 - 14, this year beginning north, in Berwyn, IL. This logo will appear on our Motor Tour registration forms, T-shirts and Motor Tour giveaway materials.

Our dedicated Motor Tour committee has already been diligently at work making plans for this, our 26th annual trek along the Illinois section of Route 66.

Our thanks to the exceedingly talented folks at Diaz Sign Art in Pontiac, IL for creating such a striking design!

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Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, Illinois Honored with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award

Our thanks to Heather Wilkins of the Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Development Office for providing this press release about Hall of Famer, The Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, IL.

The Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, Illinois Honored with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award

Illinois Office of Tourism celebrates restaurants that are authentically Illinois, attracting visitors and locals to state’s diverse communities.

ATLANTA, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT) and the Logan County Tourism Bureau today announced the Palms Grill Cafe located in Atlanta, is a recipient of an “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award, which honors local food establishments around the state that are beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike. Palms Grill Cafe is among a select group of Illinois establishments to receive the unique designation from the tourism bureau. All award winners will receive a certificate from the state and a window cling to inform diners of the state designation.

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The O'Learys Experience Route 66 Nostalgia

Submitted by Jessica and Chad O’Leary

My husband Chad and I are both 32 years old from Milton, WI. We both have a passion for “back in the day." We've often been told we were born in the wrong era. We love all things 50s. As part of that we had planned our one-week vacations the past three years around Route 66. Route 66 travel all started for us three years ago when we did the Red Carpet Corridor. That two days we decided we HAD to drive Route 66.

So three years ago on our one-week vacation, we drove our daily driver car from home to start in Chicago and we made it to Amarillo TX. Year two we drove from home straight to Amarillo to pick up where we left off and then made it all the way to LA. Those two weeks were by far the best vacations we have ever taken!

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Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.