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!



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!

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

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

Rock & Rods on Route 66 07/14/2017 (All day)
Catfish Days, Wilmington, IL 07/22/2017 (All day)
Association Picnic 2017 08/13/2017 - 12:00pm
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! 08/19/2017 - 8:00am

Association Events

Association Picnic 2017 August 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 15, 2017 - 10:00am
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"Selfies on 66" Grand Prize Winner Announced

For the last year, the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway has encouraged travelers to share their Selfie photos along Illinois Route 66, and each month our social media followers have voted for their favorite, and will continue to do so. The monthly photo with the most likes/comments/shares won an Illinois Route 66 commemorative license plate and baseball hat. Once per year, the Byway lets voters choose from the 12 monthly winners, and the photo that gets the most likes/comments/shares wins the grand prize: a basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more! This year, our very first grand prize winner is Lenny Scinto from the Chicagoland area (see attached winning selfie taken in Pontiac, IL). Congratulations!

Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show

The WeatherTech® Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar

Saturday, August 27
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Taking place along Berwyn’s strip of Route 66 along Ogden Ave between Oak Park Ave and Ridgeland Ave.

The 26th Annual WeatherTech® Berwyn Rt66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar will be held on Ogden Avenue in Berwyn. Berwyn has always been a great Route 66 town with a thriving, dynamic and fast-growing community at its heart. The Route 66 Car Show is the area’s best and biggest car show, attracting more than 30,000 visitors.

Strevell House Project Enters New Phase

Under the direction of Collins Miller and former U.S. Congressman Tom Ewing, work on the historic Strevell house has reached a new stage. The Strevell house, located on Livingston Street in Pontiac, Illinois, is the last remaining structure in Livingston County known to have welcomed Abraham Lincoln. The ongoing project to restore this historic structure is under the aegis of the Livingston County Historical Society.

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Is Your Route 66 Wardrobe Complete?

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.

2016 Preservation Meeting

Preservation meeting - Kathy Miller_0.jpgOn March 12th, twenty six enthusiastic people gathered in Dwight at the Route 66 Family Restaurant for the 2016 Preservation meeting. This meeting has several purposes. The main reason is to make plans for the year and to bring interested folks up to date on what is happening in Illinois. It is important that we maintain many of our sites and also discuss new ideas.

Blue Carpet Corridor Conference

by John Weiss

The Blue Carpet organization held a Route 66 Conference on the weekend of October 29th to the 31st. This well run event was held in Edwardsville, Illinois at the wonderfully restored Wildey theater complex. The chairman, Cheryl Jett, did an outstanding job.

Site of Blue Carpet Corridor Conference, Wildey Theater, Edwardsville, IL

An abundance of speakers and presenters were on hand to provide their expertise on various aspects of Route 66 Preservation, Promotion, Education, Insight and Enjoyment. Folks were in attendance from numerous states and other countries. If you didn’t attend you missed out on a special one-of-a-kind experience.

Tropics Dining Room Sign Update

Our friend, Ron Warnick, on his website, Route 66 News, recently posted this article on the fate of the historic Tropics Dining Room sign in Lincoln, IL.

(photo courtesy Ron Warnick, Route 66 News)

The Tropics building has been sold and its sign will be preserved and stored for the time being. It is due to be restored when it has found its new home, which at this time is undetermined.

Click to read, Tropics sign will be taken down and restored on Route 66 News.

Another Reason to Participate in This Year’s Motor Tour!

We’re sweetening the pot for those participating in this year’s 25th Annual Motor Tour by giving them an commemorative aluminum license plate, bearing the official tour logo. This license plate is for decorative purposes only, highly collectable and quantities are limited. Each registration for the Motor Tour will receive a license plate as a bonus for your paid registration. One license plate will be given to each registration received.

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Pontiac, IL Calendar of Events, 2014

Here's the latest calendar of events for Pontiac, IL. It looks like a busy tourist season is coming up!

Click to view Pontiac's calendar of events.

Special Offer to 25th Anniversary Motor Tour Participants!

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

Preservation takes many forms. It can be buildings, roads, signs, structures and objects. Preservation can also be stories and remembrances of people, places and things. Preservation is the heartbeat and soul of our Mother Road, Route 66.

This year the Preservation Committee is doing something that has never been done before and will never do again.

First, some information.This is the 25th Anniversary of the Route 66 Association of Illinois. As a result I wanted to do something pertaining to Preservation that would also commemorate this extraordinary accomplishment.


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

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110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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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.