Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Visit these attractions and towns along Route 66 in Illinois for a nostalgic family fun!

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Our 2014, "Making Memories" Motor Tour, commemorating our 25th Anniversary, was a fun celebration of the Mother Road, with some new and exciting activities and stops for participants to enjoy. Read and see it here!

The Route 66 Association of Illinois

The Route 66 Association of Illinois

Our mission is to preserve, educate, promote and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois



Please join our association's efforts to preserve, promote, educate and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois.

A nostalgic trip through Americana

A nostalgic trip through Americana

Learn about this historic highway and why Route 66 is an American treasure worth preserving.

Here are some helpful and informative sources to help you along your Route 66 journey. We've assembled a collection of web sites and information that are sure to add to your knowledge and appreciation of the Mother Road.

Web Links
Historic Maps
Town Along The Road
Sign up for our Day Tripper email announcements
View the Day Tripper Archives

Preservation is one of our core missions. With our motto of 'we work for food' our members paint, build, repair, clean, and fight to preserve all that is Route 66.

What is Preservation?
Hall of Fame Inductees
Our Museum
Preservation Projects and Announcements

Association Events

Resecheduled Motor Tour Meeting December 6, 2015 - 10:00am
Winter Quarterly Meeting January 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 16, 2016 - 10:00am

Civil War Music to Be Presented in Live Performances

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander, Pontiac, IL Director of Tourism, for providing the following information for us to share.

One of the new exhibits to open recently at the Pontiac Illinois Museum Complex is dedicated to the music of the antebellum period, and the American Civil War. 150 years ago, the American Civil War touched the lives of all citizens, many in a dramatic and tragic fashion. Their hardships, pain, sorrow, grief, and strength are expressed in the songs of the era. Stephen Foster is, perhaps, the most commonly referenced music composer of the era, but others made significant contributions as well. Over 40 pieces of original sheet music are on display at the exhibit, as well as rare civil war musical instruments and other paraphernalia.

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Miles of Possibility: The Edwardsville Route 66 Conference

Our thanks to Cheryl Eichar Jett for sharing the following press release for us to share.

“Miles of Possibility: The Edwardsville Route 66 Conference” will be held in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Thursday-Saturday, October 29-31. Sponsored by the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition and hosted by the City of Edwardsville, the primary venue for the conference is the beautifully-restored historic Wildey Theatre on N. Main Street, just two blocks off Edwardsville's Route 66.

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"Get Your Kicks" on the New Route 66 Archives and Research Website!

Our thanks to Robert Warren, Illinois State Museum for providing this information about this helpful resource for everyone interested in Route 66.

Do you have an interest in Route 66, the legendary American highway and tourist mecca? Are you looking for photos, maps, postcards, or descriptions of historic Route 66? Wondering where you can find information on old motels, gas stations, restaurants, or other businesses that served travelers on the Mother Road long ago? Visit the new Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (Route 66 ARC) website. You'll discover a tremendous variety of historical collections and web resources extending along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Launches “Selfies On 66” Campaign!

Out exploring Route 66 in Illinois? Take a selfie! Be creative and capture yourself and friends at Illinois Route 66 landmarks or even more out-of-the-way harder to find sites along the road. Take your "selfie" and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #MyIL66.


Seeking Photos of Your Route 66 License Plates!

Hey there, roadies! Editor Gina here asking a favor. Please share photos of your Route 66-themed license plates with us here at the Route 66 Association of Illinois. I know how proud you are to announce your Route 66 enthusiasm, so I'm cooking up an idea to show them off to a very appreciative audience! I can give you photo credit if you'd like or if you prefer to remain anonymous, I'll be happy to honor your preference.

Here's one submitted by Josh Friedrich:

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Please email your photos to

Thank you in advance for your submissions!

Gilding Arts Museum Now Open in Pontiac, IL

Pontiac’s latest museum celebrated its opening on the weekend of May 2 -3, 2015. The Museum of the Gilding Arts, located at 217 North Mill St, promises to be an eye-catching addition to Pontiac’s variety of attractions. At 9:00 AM, when the doors were opened to the public for the first time, it was the culmination of more than four years of planning. According to Pontiac Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, “The Gilders’ museum is stunning, educational, and absolutely unique in the world.”

Pontiac Museum Complex Adds Three New Attractions

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following information.

The Pontiac Museum Complex, located in the Old City Hall and Fire Station on Howard St, saw the opening of three new attractions during the Red Carpet Corridor Festival, May 2 and 3, 2015. After months of planning, construction, and installation, the Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum will reopen in the complex, having vacated its previous home at 217 N. Mill Street to make room for the new Museum of the Gilding Arts.

Route 66 Neon Park Planned for St. Robert, MO

Our thanks to Jim Thole for supplying the following news from our Route 66 neighbor, Missouri.

The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation organization is excited to announce its plan to develop “Route 66 Neon Park” within the City of St. Robert in George M Reed Roadside Park, which is located in a wide median area between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 66. The Route 66 Neon Park will be the first of its kind to be developed along the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road which runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, and will feature restored, orphaned Route 66 neon signs in an outdoor park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform the public about the history of each sign.

The Last Days of the Bel Aire Manor in Springfield

Friend of the Association, Keith Sculle, has been watching and photographing the final days of the Bel Aire Manor. Here's a photo taken April 7, 20215 that Keith says helps give depth to the once vibrant business, now in sad decline.

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Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL

The historic Mill in Lincoln, IL, located at 738 S. Washington, will be welcoming a variety of vendors taking part in monthly weekend flea markets during the tourist season, beginning on the second Saturday of April and running through October, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Spaces are still available for $10 to $15 dollars for the day and throughout the season.


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Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

Here's How!

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.