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!



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

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!

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.

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Town Along The Road
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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.

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Fall Quarterly Meeting October 19, 2014 - 10:00am

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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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

strevell house donation.jpg
(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.

Pontiac to Host "Journey Stories" Exhibit

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander at Pontiac, IL Tourism for providing the following press release to us:

The City of Pontiac and the Illinois Humanities Council jointly announced today that Pontiac has been chosen as one of the select cities to receive an exhibit developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibit, which is entitled, “Journey Stories,” will be on display in Pontiac from February 23 to April 6, 2013. The exhibition focuses on stories of how we and our ancestors came to America. The exhibition will also explore our transportation history. Whether traveling across America on a vacation, a necessary trip, or to relocate to a new part of the country, Americans have always been known for their desire and freedom to move. The exhibition will attempt to tell some of those stories through images and text.

Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum Featured on

We recently received this distinct honor from


The Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum has been chosen as the Sight of the Week by, the travel guide to America's unique and most original attractions.

The Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum is featured as the lead attraction on the home page during the week of August 14-20, 2011:
Afterward it will have a permanent place on the site here:

Again, congratulations on having one of America's top attractions. Only 52 a year are chosen. You are one of the best of the best.

Ken Smith
senior editor

Pontiac-Oakland Museum – No Admission Fee to See Auto History

Thanks to Pontiac Tourism for the following story:

Since its opening on July 23, 2011, the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center has enjoyed a steady flow of visitors. The museum directors, Tim and Penny Dye, recently noted that thousands of guests have already been through the museum, and they expect that trend to continue through the rest of the fall. Tim Dye stated, “People are always surprised when I tell them there is no charge for admission. We just want them to come and share our love of all things automotive – especially the Pontiac and Oakland car brands. However, we do appreciate any donations visitors make. Donations will help us to keep the museum fresh and growing.”

Coliseum Ballroom, Benld, IL, Destroyed by Fire

Sad news to report: The Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, IL has been destroyed by fire. The fire began Saturday night, July 30, 2011, while a band performed. The building currently was home to the Macoupin County Antique Mall.

The Coliseum Ballroom was built in 1923 or 1924 and is located on an old alignment of Route 66. During its heyday, the Ballroom hosted many famous musical acts of the 1920s through the 1950s.

Here are some links to sites which have covered this story, and include video and more history of the Coliseum Ballroom:

Route 66 News - Coliseum Ballroom in Benld destroyed by fire

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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.