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



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 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!

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

Annual Museum Workday March 21, 2015 - 9:30am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Association Picnic 2015 August 16, 2015 - 10:00am

Joliet, IL Route 66 Detour

Our Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, has provided us with the following travel advice for Route 66 travelers through Joliet, IL:

Starting on Monday July 9th the Ruby Street bridge in Joliet will be closed for four months. This bridge is Route 66. The official detour for those heading South will cause Route 66 travelers to completely bypass Joliet. Joliet tourism will do all they can to properly guide, with signage, Route 66 tourists to the Route 66 Welcome Center. The directions are extremely easy.

Vic's Pizza T-shirts!

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Photo courtesy Johnny Lucchesi

Clever slogan, huh?
It's courtesy of John Miller.

Get yours at Association Business Member, Vic's Pizza
2025 Peoria Road Springfield, IL
(217) 522-2464

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket Celebrating 66th Anniversary!

Our thanks to Patrick Rhea from Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket and John Weiss for making this information about this very special anniversary available for us to share!

Route 66 Hall of Famer, Del Rhea's Chicken Basket, in Willowbrook, IL, is celebrating their 66th year in business this July.

In celebration of this monumental anniversary, Del Rhea's Chicken Basket will be hosting many different types of entertainment throughout the month of July.

Call Del Rhea's Chicken Basket for additional information - 630-325-0780.

Some of their featured events and specials will be:

Evolution of Automobile Safety

In honor of Motor Tour Weekend and the Summer travel season, I thought this an appropriate time to publish the following article.

We thank Brian Alexander for writing and submitting this thoughtful and timely piece on automotive safety through the years.

By Brian L. Alexander

Business Member Love!

We ♥ our business members and they ♥ us!

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Thanks, Vic's Pizza in Springfield, IL! They have great chili, salad bar and dessert pizzas too!

Pontiac Calendar for May, 2012

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander from Pontiac Tourism for providing us with their calendar of events for the month.

Click to view Pontiac's May 2012 Calendar.

Are you planning to participate in Red Carpet Corridor festivities, May 5 & 6?

You bet!
63% (27 votes)
Sadly, no.
21% (9 votes)
What's a Red Carpet Corridor?
16% (7 votes)
Total votes: 43

Nick Adam Selected as Grand Marshall of Motor Tour

This article appeared on the front page of the Litchfield, IL News-Herald on Thursday, March 29, 2012:

Congratulations to Nick Adam, Owner of the Ariston Cafe, on being selected as the Grand Marshall of the Route 66 Association of Illinois' Motor Tour.

Click to read the article itself.

Route 66 Association of Missouri to Hold Their Annual Motor Tour September 7-9, 2012

Our thanks to the Route 66 Association of Missouri and their Motor Tour Committee cochair, Kip Welborn for sharing this news release:

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.

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

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.