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

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.

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

Resecheduled Motor Tour Meeting December 6, 2015 - 10:00am
Winter Quarterly Meeting January 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 16, 2016 - 10:00am

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 www.rvadventurevideos.com. 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.

Journey Stories Committee Sets Three Public Programs

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

The City of Pontiac, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and the Illinois Humanities Council, presents the travelling exhibit, Journey Stories, to be on display at the Livingston County Courthouse beginning February 23, 2013. The exhibit will be only one part of the entire Journey Stories event. Along with the display, there will be three informational programs exploring different aspects of our local and national transportation and travel history. The programs will all be held in the Pontiac City Council Chambers located at 115 West Howard Street in Pontiac. Programs will begin at 7:30 PM, and admission is free.

Pontiac Tourism Up 25% in 2012

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

The City of Pontiac and Pontiac Tourism recently announced the results of the 2012 tourist season. According to Ellie Alexander, director of Pontiac Tourism, the city experienced a 25% increase in the number of visitors last year. “In 2011 we had just over 18,000 visitors. Last year (2012) 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 to be somewhere near 30,000.”

Chicago to Santa Monica: The Big Trip

By Jim Robinson

On Christmas 1996 my wife Twila gave me the book “Route 66 Remembered.” Inside the cover she wrote “…For help in planning our own journey over the Mother Road.” We had done several Illinois Route 66 road trips and one Missouri Route 66 trip but we had never done the big trip until 2012.

On Saturday April 21 of this year, Twila and I slid into our rented 2012 Camry and with our luggage and Tom Snyder’s “The Route 66 Travelers Guide and Roadside Companion” we began our journey in front of the Art Institute in downtown Chicago. Immediately hitting detours and traversing some questionable neighborhoods, we made our way toward Santa Monica. We stayed the night in Bloomington, IL and Sunday morning we headed toward St. Louis.

Friedrich Family Travels, Fall 2012

By Josh Friedrich

It has been a whirlwind of travel on the ol' double sixes these past few months. When we last checked in we had just wrapped up a memorable Motor Tour in June.

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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.