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.

Membership

Membership

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!

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

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

Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 - 12:00am

"Get Your Kicks on Route 66" Car Show celebrates dedication to the Mother Road

There will be a memorial event honoring the memories of Lenore Weiss and Betty Estes held May 30 - June 1. The "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" Car Cruise will be coming from Joliet and stopping in Pontiac.

See complete details on our events calendar.

Read a terrific article about the event, Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum and Pontiac, IL.

The Mother Road Radio Tour 2013

Thanks to Bish Krywko, President, WRLR 98.3 FM for providing the following press release for us to share about this exciting broadcast event!

WRLR 98.3 (U.S.) and Forest FM 92.3 (U.K.) are teaming up to travel and broadcast from world famous Route 66, The Mother Road. It all starts out June 6th (6/6) from the route's original starting point at Adams and Michigan.

Edwardsville Route 66 Festival

Plans have been announced for the 2013 Edwardsville Route 66 Festival coming this summer June 6 – June 8. Popular headlining acts like Mr. Wizard, Sh-Boom, a sock hop event at the Wildey Theater and the annual classic car show are just a few of the draws for the festival this year.

Get ready to kick off your shoes for the second annual Sock-Hop event on Thursday, June 6 being held this year on the third floor of the historic Wildey Theater, located in downtown Edwardsville. A night full of dancing, food and fun will set the stage for the weekend-long events. On Friday, June 7, the festival will begin at City Park with food, beverages, art vendors, historic tents and the children’s area open for boundless fun. Live music will be provided by the Robert Perry Band and Sh-Boom.

It’s All Greek to Me

By Joseph D. Kubal

On Halsted and Van Buren Streets, just one block south of Jackson Boulevard (the original alignment of Route 66), stands the ultra-modern National Hellenic Museum. The museum is dedicated to the role that Greek immigrants and Greek-Americans had in the history and development of the United States of America. The facility also commemorates Greek customs, culture, and cuisine as well as the group’s historical significance. It is the first institution of its kind in America highlighting the traditions and contributions of this unique ethnic population.

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New Charm Trail Promotion Announced

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

Palms Grill Café Under New Management

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd, Executive Director of Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for providing the following press release for us to share:

The Atlanta Public Library is pleased to announce it has signed a lease agreement with J-R Culinary Partners, which will assume management of The Palms Grill Café in downtown Atlanta, along Historic Rt. 66.

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Route 66 to Anchor Weekend of Activities in Logan County

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd, Executive Director of Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for providing the following press release for us to share:

LINCOLN, IL - Route 66 will be the centerpiece for a diverse series of activities taking place in Logan County on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

Events will range from garage sales, auto racing and an electric car show to art exhibits and the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame banquet.

Pontiac's Red Carpet Corridor Festival Happenings!

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

The 7th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival for 2013 is planned for Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th. The Red Carpet Corridor is a 90-mile linear museum comprised of 13 communities located along historic Route 66 from Joliet to Towanda. The 2013 festival is expected to be a fun-filled, family-oriented celebration of the Mother Road. Each of the communities involved in the festival will offer a variety of special events over the two-day festival.

Congratulations to Gray's Garage of Pontiac on 50 Years in Business!

We are very excited to share news of an auspicious anniversary: Gray's Garage of Pontiac is celebrating 50 years in business!

Click to read a story about the Grays in the Pontiac Daily Leader.

Roger Gray of Gray's Garage was inducted into our Association's Hall of Fame in 2012. His contributions to Route 66 continue with a generous act on behalf of our Association, Pontiac and Route 66 itself.

Local Support Brings Smithsonian Exhibit to Pontiac

Many thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for sharing the following press release.

The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling Journey Stories exhibit opens here on Saturday, February 23. The exhibit is sponsored in Illinois by the Illinois Humanities Council, and locally by a group of philanthropically-minded individuals and businesses. The City of Pontiac, which has served as the organizing force for the exhibit, has recently announced the names of the local contributors and supporters who have made the coming of the Journey Stories exhibit possible.

Click here to read a previous press release explaining what Journey Stories are.

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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.