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

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.

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!

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

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



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

Association Events

Fall Quarterly Meeting October 19, 2014 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 (All day)

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:


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: and

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.

Get Your Free Publicity Here!

Attention Illinois Route 66 Towns, Attractions and Business Members!

We'd love to do for you what we've done for Business Member, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast, in Pontiac, IL! We created a slideshow from photos of the establishment and added them to their listing in our Business Member Directory!

Check out the slideshow here!

All we need is your photos and we'll gladly augment your listing in living color! Let us help you promote your town, attraction or business - all it will cost is your time to point and shoot!

Please submit your photos to Editor Gina via email at

Old Route 66 Family Restaurant Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary!

We are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Old Route 66 Family Restaurant in Dwight, IL which is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary on November 5!

Join the fine folks at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant for the celebration!


The Open House celebration will feature:

  • T-shirts
  • Complementary coffee and donuts from 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 10% off your entire bill on Saturday, November 5
  • Anniversary cake
  • Door Prizes

Join the Ahmedi family in this celebration of 10 years of cooking and serving up tasty meals in a cozy, homey atmosphere. They’d love to see you!

Strevell House Receives Donation

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share from the Livingston County Historical Society:

Livingston County Historical Society
115 West Howard Street
Pontiac, Illinois 61764

********** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **********

28 October 2011

Strevell House Receives Bryne Trust Donation

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(Left to Right) Thomas Ewing (Chairman – Strevell House Committee), Bob Sear (LCHS President), Louis Lyons (Bryne Trust Trustee), Donovan Gardner (Strevell House committee member)

Pontiac Oakland Museum's Exciting Acquisition

Thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following information for us to share.

Pontiac racer.jpgThe Pontiac-Oakland Museum & Resource Center, 205 N. Mill St. Pontiac, Illinois has announced that a very special automobile related to Pontiac history will go on display in the museum. The car is the earliest known Pontiac race car, successfully competing for the first time in August 1926, Pontiac's introduction year. This one-of-a-kind Pontiac will be delivered to the museum by the owners, Arnold & Lois Landvoigt, of Savage, Maryland on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 1:30pm. Anyone wishing to see and hear the car run should come to the museum at that time. The Landvoigts are leaving the car to be displayed at the museum for nearly a year.

Yost House Recognizes Volunteers' Contributions

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share.

The Livingston County Historical Society’s Catharine V. Yost Museum and Art Center Steering Committee held an Appreciation Reception for volunteers on Sunday, September 18th at the home of Tom and Connie Ewing. At the reception, the committee paid tribute to the many local volunteers who have played a role in the management of the historic home, and served as docents for the many tours given in the last twelve months.

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.