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.



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

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

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

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

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

Jim Allen, Former Scotty's Tavern Owner, Passes Away

We are sad to report the passing of Jim Allen, former Scotty's tavern owner and an amazing Route 66 character.

Jim died of massive stroke following a heart attack on June 19th. A celebration of his life will be held at Daudermann Funeral Home in Hamel, across the street from Weezy's at 12:00 on Wednesday, June 22nd. The family is inviting everyone to Weezy's following the service for food, drink, and to share memories of the tye dye guy and the adventures of Traveler, the Jackalope.

In a personal message from Association President, Cathie Stevanovich, she says, "Pat and Jim were on this year's Motor Tour with us and we had a great time. I am heartbroken."

Henry's Ra66it Ranch Invites You for Free Family Fun

Henry's Ra66it Ranch in Staunton, IL is a fun and furry attraction along Route 66!

Admission to Henry's Ra66it Ranch is ABSOLUTELY FREE so stop by and enjoy some "hare-raising" entertainment.

Some of you may have met Montana the Rabbit who held down the fort and greeted guests at the Ranch for years. Unfortunately, Montana has gone to the big hutch in the sky. New friend, Big Red, has hopped in to fill Montana's big shoes as the official meeter and greeter at the Ra66it Ranch.

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Last Stop Shop Treasures on Display

Mannie bling_0.JPGIn Santa Monica, CA, where the Mother Road meets the sea, there’s a place that celebrates Route 66 called the Last Stop Shop. Owned by Route 66 enthusiast, Mannie Mendelson, the store provides a unique Route 66 experience as well as a fantastic collection of souvenirs to commemorate your journey along all 2480 miles of it.

We recently showed you a treasure of Mannie's from his shop - the Bob Waldmire wall. If that doesn't convince you that he's all about Route 66, nothing will!

Great News About the Luna Cafe Sign

Great news from Association President, Cathie Stevanovich:

We were notified that we received funds from the National Park Service Grant program for lighting the Luna! The approved funds were for the completion of the sign! Thanks for the encouragement of everyone and we look forward to more details soon!

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

The following exciting news was provided by Katie Busch, Public Affairs and Communications, Pontiac, IL

On behalf of Sprite and Coca-Cola I wanted to let you know that Lions Park in Pontiac has been named one of 26 finalists nationwide eligible to receive funding for refurbishments through the Sprite Spark Parks Program. Lions Park could win as much as $35,000 for new rims, backboards, resurfacing and other important items that would improve the court immensely.

But we need your help to alert the community! I'm hoping you'll post information on your site and rally some support for the court by encouraging residents to go online and vote for the park at www.sprite.com or www.facebook.com/sprite.

Red Carpet Recap - In Your Own Words

Red Carpet Corridor.jpgThe 2011 Red Carpet Corridor festivities took place the weekend of May 7 and 8, kicking off travel season along Route 66 in Illinois. We got so many comments about all the fun participants had along the Corridor that we thought we'd share what they had to say.

There's no better way to express what it was really like than to quote those who were actually there. These comments all appeared on our Facebook Fan page and we thank all those who took the time to tell us about their Red Carpet weekend adventures.

From Marty Blitstein, our Association Treasurer, who manned Bob Waldmire's bus for Red Carpet Corridor tours: "I had the honor of being in Bob's Waldmire bus on Saturday & Sunday in Pontiac for the Red Carpet weekend. Saturday we had 619 visitors in the bus. Sunday we had 410 visitors in the bus. Thank you for a great great weekend."

Susanne Frumin said, "That was a TOTALLY AWESOME bus and a treat to contribute my handprint to Bob's wall...and photograph booth, too!"

Help Pontiac win "Best of the Road"

Pontiac, IL has signed up to be one of the "Best of the Road" towns!

You can read all about the contest and cast your vote here:

Best of the Road

If you want to help Pontiac win - log on and vote! You can also write your own Traveler Review to describe what makes Pontiac so special and worthy to win this distinction. Your review could encourage others to vote for Pontiac too!

Route 66 to be Featured on BBC!

The following news has been released by Pontiac Tourism:

Billy Connolly Films In Pontiac

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois, was visited on Monday, April 25, 2011, by actor/comedian Billy Connolly and a film crew from the UK. They were in Pontiac to record a segment of Connolly’s latest travel series which will be shown on BBC. Connolly has an extensive resume in television, film, and as a stand-up comedian. He has been a part of three other BBC travel programs, including tours of Scotland, Ireland, and the Northwest Passage. The series currently being filmed will take Connolly along the entire length of Old Route 66.

Advertise in Our 2011 Motor Tour Passport!

Passport.jpgWhat's a Motor Tour Passport?

A Passport is your complete guide to the attractions featured along our Motor Tour each year. It is a list of the Route 66 attractions and their locations at which our Motor Tour will be stopping. In addition, Passports provide information on numerous Points of Interest along the Mother Road which, while not stops on the tour this year, are nonetheless exciting Route 66 attractions. Your Passport is not only a guide for the Motor Tour but for any trip along Route 66 in Illinois. Each Motor Tour participant is provided with a Passport upon registration to direct and inform them along their journey.

2011 Motor Tour License Plates are Going Fast!

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According to the latest count, there are only around 20 of these collectable, commemorative license plates left for purchase. These very special license plates honoring Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire, will be highly sought-after memorabilia for years to come, even if you don't put them on your car. Get your set while you can!!!

The plates are street legal until June 12, 2011.

To purchase, you must provide a copy of your Illinois license and vehicle registration (which must be valid at least until June 12, 2011) to Buz Waldmire at the address below.

Plates are $25.00 plus $6.00 shipping.

Buz Waldmire
6200 Waldmire Road
Rochester, IL 62563

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

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.