Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Visit these attractions and towns along Route 66 in Illinois for a nostalgic family fun!



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

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

Association Events

Annual Museum Workday March 21, 2015 - 9:30am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Association Picnic 2015 August 16, 2015 - 10:00am

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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Are You Signed Up to Receive our Email Newsletter?

DayTripper.pngWe are proud to offer occasional email newsletters to all who are interested. The Day Tripper e-Announcement delivers Route 66 and Association news and events straight to your inbox.

Click here to add your name to our email newsletter distribution list!

Click here to read the Day Tripper archives.

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.

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.