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 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.

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

Association Events

Spring Quarterly Meeting April 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Annual Association Picnic 2016 August 21, 2016 - 12:00pm
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 16, 2016 - 10:00am

Route 66 to Anchor Weekend of Activities in Logan County

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd, Executive Director of Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for providing the following press release for us to share:

LINCOLN, IL - Route 66 will be the centerpiece for a diverse series of activities taking place in Logan County on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

Events will range from garage sales, auto racing and an electric car show to art exhibits and the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame banquet.

Pontiac's Red Carpet Corridor Festival Happenings!

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

The 7th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival for 2013 is planned for Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th. The Red Carpet Corridor is a 90-mile linear museum comprised of 13 communities located along historic Route 66 from Joliet to Towanda. The 2013 festival is expected to be a fun-filled, family-oriented celebration of the Mother Road. Each of the communities involved in the festival will offer a variety of special events over the two-day festival.

Congratulations to Gray's Garage of Pontiac on 50 Years in Business!

We are very excited to share news of an auspicious anniversary: Gray's Garage of Pontiac is celebrating 50 years in business!

Click to read a story about the Grays in the Pontiac Daily Leader.

Roger Gray of Gray's Garage was inducted into our Association's Hall of Fame in 2012. His contributions to Route 66 continue with a generous act on behalf of our Association, Pontiac and Route 66 itself.

Local Support Brings Smithsonian Exhibit to Pontiac

Many thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for sharing the following press release.

The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling Journey Stories exhibit opens here on Saturday, February 23. The exhibit is sponsored in Illinois by the Illinois Humanities Council, and locally by a group of philanthropically-minded individuals and businesses. The City of Pontiac, which has served as the organizing force for the exhibit, has recently announced the names of the local contributors and supporters who have made the coming of the Journey Stories exhibit possible.

Click here to read a previous press release explaining what Journey Stories are.

Picnic with us at Sugar Grove Nature Center!

For the third consecutive year, we are proud to announce that our annual Association Picnic will be held at Sugar Grove Nature Center! Those who have attended the picnic in previous years report that this is a superb location, featuring lovely grounds, a covered picnic area and convenient restrooms.

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This year’s picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 18, from 10:30 A.M - 6:00 PM. Lunch will be served around noon.

As always, our Association supplies and pays for all food and soft drinks. Please be advised that no alcohol is permitted at the Nature Center. If you would, however, like to bring a dish to share, we would welcome your contribution to our spread!

Spotlight on Hall of Famers of the Past

It’s Hall of Fame Season!

In honor of this very special time of year when the important decisions are made as to who will be selected as this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, we’d like to look fondly backward in time to once again honor and recognize our Hall of Famers from the past. Let’s kick off the nostalgia and "start at the very beginning" with our very first group of Hall of Fame inductees, from 1990:

Inducted June 9, 1990

Ernie Edwards, Pig Hip Restaurant, Broadwell

Route 66 RV Adventure - Preview

Our thanks to John Holod for providing this lovely 30-minute video of his Route 66 RV Adventure. It's sure to whet your appetite to purchase the full-length, 90-minute DVD from What a great tribute to and travelogue of Route 66! He really gets it.

John writes: "Route 66 is also know as "the mother road." It's history has helped shape that of America. Commissioned in 1926, it was the first highway to link Chicago and Los Angeles. Route 66 became America's main street. No longer necessary for cross-country

Pontiac Tourism Numbers Continue to Climb

The following is an article written by Cynthia Grau, originally published in the Pontiac Daily Leader:

Pontiac has seen a major increase in the number of visitors in the past year. Ellie Alexander, director of Pontiac Tourism, said, “in 2011, we had just over 18,000 visitors. Last year, we had just short of 23,000 visitors sign our guest books. As only a portion of the visitors actually sign in, the total number of visitors was estimated somewhere near 30,000.”

Pontiac Airbrush Art School Graduates Two

Two new graduates of the Dongbai International Airbrush Art School recently have been awarded certificates of completion for their efforts in learning new art techniques. Vicki Hetman of Chenoa and Stanley Jones of Macomb both completed the beginning airbrush painting course at the school.


Jones came to the school with some already polished art skills, while Hetman’s time at the school was her first professional airbrush art school experience. According to Tang Dongbai, both students accomplished much during their time at the school.

Here's Your Chance to Manage the Palms Grill Cafe!

Thanks to Bill Thomas of Atlanta, Illinois for making us aware of the following opportunity:

Attached is a press release and application/guidelines we're using to announce the fact that the lease for someone to manage the Palms Grill Cafe in Atlanta, Illinois is going to become available 5/1/13. Please feel free to distribute this information far and wide to anyone you think might have an interest in preparing/submitting a business plan/proposal to manage this unique, historic Rt. 66 cafe.

Click to read the details in the official press release from the Palms Grill.

Click to view/print the business plan application.

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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.