Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

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

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.

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

Membership

Membership

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

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Our 2013 Back to Our Routes Motor Tour 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!

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

Events Along The Road

Elkhart Wildflower Nature Walks 04/19/2014 - 10:00am
Elkhart Wildflower Nature Walks 04/19/2014 - 10:00am
Elkhart Wildflower Nature Walks 04/19/2014 - 2:00pm
Elkhart Wildflower Nature Walks 04/19/2014 - 2:00pm
Elkhart Bird Watcher Walks 04/26/2014 - 6:00am

Association Events

Hall of Fame and Museum Clean Up Day April 26, 2014 - 10:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 20, 2014 - 10:00am
Annual Association Picnic 2014 August 17, 2014 - 10:30am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 19, 2014 - 10:00am

Route 66 Archives and Research Collaborative

The National Park Service is collaborating with archival institutions along historic Route 66 (including the Illinois State Library) to develop the Route 66 Archives and Research Collaborative, or “Route 66 ARC.” The mission of Route 66 ARC is to stimulate the collection and preservation of historical records related to Route 66, and increase their accessibility to the public. The State Library is proud to be one of the ten founding Route 66 ARC institutions. A new website has just been unveiled.

Route 66 Museum Receives Hundreds of Artifacts as Gift

We thank Pontiac Tourism for sharing the following press release with us.

Cathy Stevanovich of the Route 66 Association of Illinois, and Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac Tourism jointly announced Friday, July 15th, that a major gift of memorabilia and petroleum industry artifacts was recently accepted for display in the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois. The generous gift was made in memory of Robert Wainwright, a former field representative for ComEd in the Pontiac area. The donation was made by Wainwright’s wife, Elna Winterland Wainwright, formerly of Fairbury and Pontiac, currently residing in Streator.

Route 66? Why not just take the Interstate?

Our thanks to Ed Klein from Route 66 World for bringing this video to our attention. That's Ed himself addressing an audience of 900 folks on the topic, "Route 66? Why not just take the Interstate??"

Updates on the Pontiac Oakland Auto Museum

As we mentioned in an earlier article, Pontiac, IL is to be home to the Pontiac Oakland Auto Museum, opening July 23, 2011.

Read and watch a video for more information about this addition to Pontiac, IL's museums here:

http://www.accidentin.com/article5247433/people_getting_revved_up_over_n...

In related news, we thank Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing us the following press release:

Pontiac Oakland Auto Museum Receives Map Collection

Strevell House Restoration Hits Another Milestone

We thank Ellie Alexander at Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release to us:

Mike Ingles with Strevell Roof Finial.jpgThe restoration of the Jason W. Strevell house will take another step towards completion in the coming week. The finials which rise at the roof peaks of the house have been reproduced and are ready for installation. The Strevell home, which stands at 401 W. Livingston Street in Pontiac, Illinois, is the only remaining structure in Livingston County visited by Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln spent an evening at the home of Pontiac attorney Jason Strevell in 1860. Lincoln had given a speech to the Pontiac Young Men’s Literary Association at the Presbyterian Church earlier that night, and went to Strevell’s home to await the early morning train to Bloomington.

The Strevell house is in the Carpenter Gothic style. This type of home is distinguished by a steeply pitched roof, decorative bargeboards (also known as “gingerbread trim,”) and other architectural features. At the highest point on the roof is a miniature spire or finial. The finials on the Strevell house have been replicated by two local craftsmen, Mike Ingles and Mark Van Hoveln.

Update: Pontiac's Lions Park Receives $35,000 from Sprite Program!

Pontiac's Lions Park will receive $35,000 to put in a new basketball court, thanks to the efforts of residents who participated in a Sprite challenge last month.

We previously brought this story about Pontiac's participation in the Sprite Spark Parks Program back in May, 2011.

Click to read: Lions Park in Pontiac Nominated to Receive 35k from Sprite - Community Votes Needed!

Click to read about this in the Pontiac Daily Leader.

Japanese Route 66 Website Shows International Love for the Mother Road

Here's a letter our Association received from Japanese Route 66 Enthusiast, Hiroshi Hanamura, with news of a new Japanese Route 66 website. Isn't it great to know that the Mother Road's appeal stretches all the way around the globe? Please do give Hiro's site a visit to see how they do Route 66, Japanese style!

Japanese Rt 66 site.pngDear my friends,

Finally my new Route 66 website has just been launched and I'm so happy to let you know about it. Actually the site is built for letting japanese visitors jump over there to travel on the real highway.

Motor Tour 2011 Slideshow

It's a work in progress but we'd like to share the photos of Motor Tour 2011 that folks have shared with us so far. If you have some you'd like us to add, please email them to gina@esembe.com.

Motor Tour 2011 Recap - In Your Own Words

Nobody can tell the story of the Motor Tour as well as those of you who experienced it firsthand. So, here it is, culled directly from your comments on Facebook, Motor Tour 2011 in your own words:

General comments:

  • "We had a great time." - Brian Burke
  • "Had a great time. We traveled 1144 miles in the Corvette in 4 days. Good road trip." - John Weidner
  • "The tour was great, we had fun, thanks to all the organizers for their hard work planning fun for us. :)" - Kathy Wester

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

On June 12, 2011 the Route 66 Association of Illinois held our annual Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL. Two members were inducted this year, honoring their contributions to Route 66 in Illinois.

Click here to view a PDF of the Hall of Fame Induction Program

Leo Bornder

HoF Induction Bornder
Leon Bornder of Normal, Illinois, accepting for his late father.

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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.

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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.