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

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!

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!

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)

Fossil Hunting on Route 66

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

The towns of Braceville and Godley border one of the best areas for fossil hunting in the state. Collectors come from all around the country. This area is famous because it was here that the Tully Monster fossil was discovered. This long extinct creature is named for the man who found it in 1957, Francis Tully. The Tully Monster is also considered to be the official State of Illinois Fossil.

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A Route 66 Stamp is Being Considered by Congress

Our Association is full of people dedicated to doing important and exciting things on behalf of the Mother Road. Grundy County Representative Ike Widner has been in touch with the United States Postal Service about having a Route 66 commemorative postage stamp issued. Here's what Ike's been up to:

Ike writes:

Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame Class of 2013

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame recognizes "those people and places along Route 66 whose blend of hardy individualism and grassroots community spirit gave the road such special character."

To qualify for election to the Hall of Fame, nominees must have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 from 1926 to 1977 while it was an official United States highway in the State of Illinois.

We are extremely proud to present the very special group of honorees we are inducting into our Hall of Fame on June 8th, 2013 at our annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

Click the links below to read stories about these three 2013 Hall of Fame inductees:

Motor Tour 2013: Back to Our “Routes!”

Here are the details of our 24th Annual Motor Tour!

Motor Tour 2013 - June 7, 8 and 9.

Our annual Motor Tour is slated once again for the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June - falling this year on June 7, 8 and 9. The Back to Our “Routes” tour is sure to surprise and delight its participants!

Share Your Bob Waldmire Memories

bob.jpgOur friend and Route 66's, Bob Waldmire, passed away nearly 3 years ago on December 16. As we look back and remember Bob, his unique personality, distinctive artwork and dedication to the Mother Road, we are curious about what your memories of Bob are.

Please do us all the favor of sharing your Bob Waldmire memories here on our website. Simply leave them in the comments section of this post. It will be an incredibly moving and joyful tribute to one of Route 66's fiercest advocates. Thank you in advance for sharing your memories of Bob with all of us!

Wanted: Your Best Recipes!

2nd CookbookCover_0.jpgWe're hungry for your recipes to include in the new edition of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Cookbook! Submit recipes for any type of dish - for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or snack.

Please help make our 3rd edition cookbook a reality. We’re waiting for your recipes - up to 5 of your personal and family favorites - to deliciously fill the pages of this mouth-watering recipe collection!

We’re willing to tip our hand to encourage you to send us recipes to complete the cookbook... Our new cookbook will include recipes from 3 iconic Illinois Route 66 restaurants:The Pig Hip, Riviera Roadhouse and Ariston Café. Now you can discover the secrets to their delectable specialties!

So sit right down and write up those recipes today! We look forward to receiving your recipes! The sooner you send them in, the sooner we can compile the cookbook and make it available for purchase.

It’s a win-win proposition: You share your delicious recipes with roadies all along Route 66 and they share theirs with you in the pages of the cookbook. Buy a copy for your own kitchen and some for tasteful gifts for friends and family to spread the deliciousness around.

All profits from the sale of our cookbooks will benefit Route 66 Preservation projects throughout Illinois.

Here’s how to get those recipes to us:

Email to: cookylady1215@yahoo.com
Important: Write "Cookbook Recipe" in the Subject line!

or

Mail to:
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum
c/o Lori Killacky - Cookbook Recipes
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Motor Tour 2012 Wrap-up (in a Few Words and LOTS of Photos)

Our 2012 Motor Tour - The Funk's Grove Midpoint Tour - took place June 8-10, 2012. It began with a fun Friday night kickoff at the Edwardsville Route 66 Festival. A special event took place after dark on Friday night - a thrilling relighting of the neon signs at the Luna Cafe in Mitchell, IL.

The next morning brought a historic crossing of the Chain of Rocks Bridge by a caravan of very excited Motor Tour participants. The tour progressed northward throughout the day with many exciting stops and events in Hamel, Mt Olive, Litchfield, Springfield and Lincoln.

A Motor Tour Story for 2012

Many thanks to frequent contributor, Josh Friedrich, for writing the following account which invites us to share his family's experiences on Motor Tour 2012.

It was a gorgeous Friday and we began our three day journey along the Main Street of America. This year was going to be extra special because it would be Lizzy’s first Motor Tour. We loaded everyone & everything into the van and hit the road.

Our first destination was Collinsville and to see the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, a first for us. It was an impressive sight to say the least. We also made a quick stop at Ashman’s Pharmacy to pick up a few Brooks Bottle souvenirs.

Buy a T-shirt, Save a Road Yacht!

Now Available!

Our exclusive Bob Waldmire design T-shirts are now available for purchase!

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The artwork on this very cool T-shirt was created by Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire, especially for our Association, back in 1989. Now you can wear Bob's design to show your love of the Mother Road!

This black T-shirt is made of 100% American grown, harvested and spun cotton, is preshrunk and is even sewn in the USA. All profits from the sale will go to the preservation of a most beloved Route 66 treasure, the Bob Waldmire bus, proudly on display behind our Hall of Fame and Museum at 110 W Howard St in Pontiac, IL.

Buy Your Route 66 Pins!

Now available for purchase -

Funk's Grove Midpoint Pin
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum Pin

$5.00 each

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Got Content?


EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

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Send us your change of address to:
Membership
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.