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.

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.

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!

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

Events Along The Road

Association Events

Winter Quarterly Meeting January 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 15, 2017 - 10:00am
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Tropics Dining Room Sign Update

Our friend, Ron Warnick, on his website, Route 66 News, recently posted this article on the fate of the historic Tropics Dining Room sign in Lincoln, IL.

(photo courtesy Ron Warnick, Route 66 News)

The Tropics building has been sold and its sign will be preserved and stored for the time being. It is due to be restored when it has found its new home, which at this time is undetermined.

Click to read, Tropics sign will be taken down and restored on Route 66 News.

Another Reason to Participate in This Year’s Motor Tour!

We’re sweetening the pot for those participating in this year’s 25th Annual Motor Tour by giving them an commemorative aluminum license plate, bearing the official tour logo. This license plate is for decorative purposes only, highly collectable and quantities are limited. Each registration for the Motor Tour will receive a license plate as a bonus for your paid registration. One license plate will be given to each registration received.

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Pontiac, IL Calendar of Events, 2014

Here's the latest calendar of events for Pontiac, IL. It looks like a busy tourist season is coming up!

Click to view Pontiac's calendar of events.

Special Offer to 25th Anniversary Motor Tour Participants!

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

Preservation takes many forms. It can be buildings, roads, signs, structures and objects. Preservation can also be stories and remembrances of people, places and things. Preservation is the heartbeat and soul of our Mother Road, Route 66.

This year the Preservation Committee is doing something that has never been done before and will never do again.

First, some information.This is the 25th Anniversary of the Route 66 Association of Illinois. As a result I wanted to do something pertaining to Preservation that would also commemorate this extraordinary accomplishment.


Congratulations, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast!

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, to providing the following press release about one of our Association Business members, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast.

Three Roses Bed and Breakfast Wins 2013 BnBFinder Guest Favorite Award
--Guests Gave Pontiac, IL, Bed and Breakfast High Marks for Delicious Breakfasts and Comfortable Beds--

Strevell House Update

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following update on the historic Strevell House.

With thousands of volunteer man-hours and generous donations, the Livingston County Historical Society is slowly working towards its goal of preserving the Jason W. Strevell house in Pontiac, Illinois. The Strevell home is the last existing structure in the county known to have hosted the nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. According to the Livingston Historical Society president, Bob Sear, saving this home is one of the most important current projects of the historical society.

Pontiac Charm Trail Adds New Charms

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release for your souvenir-shopping enjoyment.

The Pontiac Charm Trail has added several new charms to its collection, two with a particularly local flair. The Charm Trail is a promotional project coordinated by the Pontiac Office of Tourism. Local merchants, museums, and restaurants have joined together to offer locals and visitors alike a unique way to tour the shops of downtown Pontiac. Each participating establishment has for sale one or more pewter charms. People on the Charm Trail can purchase a charm bracelet and then spend the day shopping and filling the bracelet with charms. Bracelets are economically priced at $10 each, and each of the charms is priced at $3.

Holiday Notecard Sale to Benefit Pontiac Museum

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release:

For the month of November, The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum is offering customized Pontiac mural holiday greeting cards at a discounted price. The notecards will feature the iconic Route 66 Pontiac, IL mural on the front. The picture can include you and your family in front of the mural and the cards can be personalized with your greeting either on the cover or inside the card.

Please Help Save Historic St. Mary Carmelite Church on Route 66 in Joliet, IL

The following letter was written by Maria R. Traska, independent journalist, policy analyst and blogger. We wanted to bring the situation she mentions to your attention, considering this historic building is along Route 66.

The original plan for the preservation and repurposing of this church (as well as the timeline of its history) was posted last year here on this website in, The Bells of St. Mary’s: Another Rescue in the Making? written by local author and historian, Joseph D. Kubal.

Dear friend of historic preservation:

Muffler Men - Have You Seen These Giants for Yourself?

Thanks to Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for pointing us to this very entertaining and informative YouTube video about the beloved Muffler Men.

Check it out!

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.