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

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 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!

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.

Membership

Membership

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

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

Motor Tour 2015 06/12/2015 - 12:00am

Association Events

Winter Quarterly Meeting January 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 18, 2015 - 10:00am

Down on the Farm: The Ron George Round Barn

We are privileged indeed to have received the following story and photographs for publication. Enjoy this slice of Illinois Route 66 history.

By Joseph D. Kubal

Wheeling along on the “Main Street of America” through the far southwestern Chicago suburbs, no one would suspect that there’s a historic site in the area. There are no famous battlefields here, no locations of old forts, and the big city is far away – but there is an unusual rural architectural exemplar nearby. Just northwest of Romeoville, in some of the scant remaining farmlands of Bolingbrook, stands a barn unlike the typical box-like structures scattered across much of the country. This is the Ron George Round Barn. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP) on December 7, 1982, the barn is worth a visit.

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Round barn standing astride suburban development
Photo ©2012 by Joseph D. Kubal; all rights reserved.

Route 66 Tin Can Caravan

Tin Can Caravan.gifAre you looking for a unique, ultimate Route 66 experience? Then look no further than the Route 66 Tin Can Caravan! What's a Tin Can Caravan? I'm glad you asked!

A Tin Can Caravan is a merry band of travelers who, led by singer-songwriter, Fred Eaglesmith, travels to a variety of locations, in a variety of vehicles, touring the countryside, accompanied by live musicians along the way.

This year, there's a Route 66 Tin Can Caravan scheduled for September 13-30, from Chicago to L.A. You can choose your mode of transportion as you travel along with the caravan, for a few days or for the whole eighteen. The caravan is led by a wi-fi equipped motorcoach which includes all the comforts of home. Or you can choose to join the caravan in your own vehicle.

However, whenever you join the caravan, this sounds like a blast!

The tour provides an itinerary which includes stops at Route 66 attractions along the way. Included among them are dinner at the Berghoff, the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, our very own Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum and Hall of Fame, as well as the Pontiac-Oakland Museum, lunch at the Palms Grill in Atlanta, IL and a stop at Henry's Ra66it Ranch in Staunton, IL. Many additional exciting stops in every state through which Route 66 passes are included as well.

We welcome the Tin Can Caravaners - hope you have a wonderful experience traveling the Mother Road! Let us know how your trip was - we'd love to post your stories and photos!

Click for Route 66 Tin Can Caravan official website.

photo via Roots on the Rails.com

Willem Bor Shares His Talent and Enthusiasm for Route 66

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I’d like you to meet Willem Bor, a Route 66 enthusiast, artist, photographer and blogger from the Netherlands. Willem proves many things about Route 66 fans. One is that they are passionate and devoted, wherever they live. Another is that when that enthusiasm meets creativity, you have a powerful combination!

Please Help Brianna!

The Route 66 Preservation Committee of Illinois urges you to support this worthy cause.

We can help this young lady, suffering from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Please read this flyer, which introduces Brianna Pursell and explains this debilitating disease with which she is afflicted.

Here's a way you can help raise money to help Brianna - purchase raffle tickets for the Brianna Pursell Benefit Raffle from:

James Anderson (847) 721-6743

Donation: $1.00 each ticket / 6 tickets for $5.00

Drawing to be held May 6, 2012

Author of Route 66 Photo Book to Visit Pontiac

The author of the Book, Polaroid Photos from Route 66, Chris Robleski, will be visiting Pontiac, IL, on a mini-tour of IL 66 on February 10-11, 2012.

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Chris will be doing a grass-roots promotional tour for his book, including a visit to the Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum and Hall of Fame, located at 110 W Howard St in Pontiac. We'll update you here on the website as we learn the specific days and times when you might meet the author in person.

Advertise in our Association Newsletter, The 66 News!

Attention, Route 66 Businesses, Attractions and Communities!

fall06 photos.jpgOur newsletter, The 66 News, is mailed to each and every member of our Association. Can you think of a more targeted group with whom to advertise your business or community?

Our newsletter comes out quarterly. The deadline for inclusion in our Spring, 2012 issue is February 15, 2012.

We offer several affordable advertising options in our Newsletter, as follows:

Single Issue Pricing for Advertising in the 66 News
Ads are in black and white only

Whole Page - $125.00
Half Page - $75.00
Business Card size - $25.00
Special Offer - for 1 year of Whole Page or Half Page ads (all 4 issues)
Buy 3 ads, get the 4th FREE
Ads need not all contain the same content

Our Association Treasurer, Marty Blitstein, will gladly help you to purchase your advertisement in our Newsletter.

Contact Marty at:

708-444-1312

blitz66@earthlink.net

9280 Drummond
Tinley Park, IL 60487

Route 66 Included in Illinois Lottery Advertisement

Do you recognize any of the locations in this commercial for the Illinois Lottery?

Pontiac Tourism Sets New Visitor Record

Our thanks to Director of Pontiac, IL Tourism, Ellie Alexander for sharing the following press release with us. What a proud distinction for this Route 66 community (and our Museum, too)!

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Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac Tourism, announced today that the number of visitors who came to Pontiac’s Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in 2011 exceeded all expectations. “According to the records kept by the docents at the Route 66 museum, over 19,000 guests came through their doors this past year,” Alexander noted. “That represents a 40% increase over 2010.”

Beijing Artist in Pontiac

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release from Kristen Arbogast at the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum.

airbrush.jpgWorld renowned airbrush artist, Tang Dongbai, from Beijing, China is currently in Pontiac, IL, developing custom works of art. Dongbai and his wife Kari traveled to Pontiac with the intent of sharing his artworks and talents through education and sales of his unique creations.

This is Dongbai’s third trip to Pontiac in the past year. He has previously hosted an “Invisible by Day; Amazing by Night” and a “UV Pretty Fashion” Art Show at the International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum. Four paintings and all five invisible fashion dresses are currently on display at the Walldog Museum.

Tang Dongbai is interested in starting an International Art School in Pontiac, IL. He will specifically focus on teaching students from the United States, China, New Zealand, and other international countries about the craft of airbrushing.

Airbrushing is Dongbai’s passion and he has great ambition to share his unique skills with others.

Dongbai plans on staying in Pontiac until at least early January. During his time in Pontiac, he is offering to create special custom art pieces for all who are interested. For $39.95, Dongbai is offering to create custom airbrush artwork on t-shirts, bags, canvases, wood, metal panels, etc. Customers bring in a picture of what they would like painted, in addition to the item they would like the picture to be painted on. He is currently taking orders at the Walldog Museum – 217 N Mill Street, Pontiac, IL. (815) 842-1848.

It is an honor for Pontiac, IL to host Tang Dongbai and his wife as he pursues his dream of educating others on the craft of airbrushing while offering his custom works of art for sale.

Tang Dongbai specializes in automobile, fashion, architectural and mural airbrush painting. More information about Tang Dongbai can be found at: www.tangdongbai.com and www.airbrush-yourlife.com.

For more information, contact Kristin Arbogast at the Pontiac Waldog Mural Museum at (815) 842-1848

Community Art Center Opens in Downtown Pontiac

Thanks to Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac, IL Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share:

Pontiac Art Center.jpgA collective comprised of Pontiac artists has opened a new store in downtown Pontiac starting this holiday season. The Community Art Center is located at 101 West Madison Street in the building formerly occupied by How Sweet It Is. They will be open Monday through Thursdays from 10 AM to 6 PM, on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Sundays 12 to 4.

The genesis of the The Art Center came from a group of Walldogs and about a dozen local artists who wanted to offer their artworks to the public. The center provides studio space and a retail outlet for the works of many types. Currently on sale for the holiday gift-giving season are works of art including: paintings, ceramics, ink drawings, sculpture, textile works, and jewelry.

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110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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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.