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!

Membership

Membership

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

Summer Quarterly Meeting July 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Annual Association Picnic 2016 August 21, 2016 - 12:00pm
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 16, 2016 - 10:00am
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Jim Jones Awarded President's Award

Our thanks to Pontiac, Illinois Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for the following story:

Jim Jones, one of the guiding personalities behind the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, was recently recognized by the Route 66 Association of Illinois for his years of service to the preservation, promotion, and history of America’s most famous road, Historic Old Route 66. Mr. Jones was honored with the Route 66 Association’s President’s Award for 2016. In making the award, Route 66 Association President, Cathy Stevanovich noted, “Thru thick and thin and all that has happened, Jim has persevered and [he] has been available as much as he can for us.” Jones was involved at the creation of the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum located in Pontiac, Illinois. Since its opening in 2004, Jones and the Route 66 Museum have welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe. His knowledge of the Mother Road and its history has enlightened many, and his stories of growing up on “America’s Main Street” have entertained all who have been lucky enough to hear them.

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Jim & his Miata at the World's Largest Rocking Chair, Fanning, MO

2016 Hall of Fame Nominations Announced!

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 that end, each year our Association nominates several of these special people and/or places to induct into our Hall of Fame. Nominees are inducted at our annual Hall of Fame banquet, held the Saturday evening of our Motor Tour Weekend (this year, June 11).

We are proud to announce that our Hall of Fame "Class of 2016" Inductees are:

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Route 66's 90th Birthday Celebration in Dwight, IL

Dwight, Illinois ushered in the 90th anniversary of Route 66, with a celebration last Thursday April 21st at the restored Ambler/Becker Texaco gas station. The birthday party, which was the first 90th anniversary celebration in Illinois, included classic cars, hot dogs and cake, basset hounds and an enthusiastic crowd from all around the state. The event included an official presentation by Dwight Village President Jared Anderson, Bill Kelly of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and Route 66 preservationist John Weiss.

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Collectable Motor Tour License Plate Design Revealed!

Participants in the 2016 Alive & Kickin' Motor Tour will receive a collectable license plate in their participant packet as a souvenir of their exciting experience along Route 66!

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Please note that only those who actually show up to participate will receive a plate. If you register but do not actually go on the tour, you will not receive a license plate in your participant packet.

The 66 News Photo Submission Requirements

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I certainly understand that many photos submitted for the newsletter are historic - and therefore not in a digital format (i.e. .jpg), but old and low-resolution photos don’t easily translate clearly to a printed format, like our newsletter. In order for them to appear clear and bright in a printed medium, I do have some requirements to set forth based on suggestions from our printer, Marlene:

For Existing photos processed from film:

Option 1 - Mail processed photos directly to Gina at:
Route 66 Association of Illinois
Attn: Newsletter Editor Gina Blitstein
Box 1940
Matteson, IL 60443

These photos will be returned to you if you request.

Happy Birthday to the Rialto Theatre in Joliet!

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Famer, Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL is celebrating it's 90th birthday and its in good company! The theatre opened on May 24, 1926 and Route 66 herself began serving travelers on November 11, 1926. Their connection? The road that runs in front of the Rialto, Chicago St, is original Route 66.

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To celebrate the auspicious occasion, many free events will take place throughout May, including free tours and concerts on Tuesdays the 3rd, 10th and 17th. The "big day" is May 24th and numerous "free" events are planned all day long.

Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative Name and Logo Contest

Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative
Name and Logo Contest

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Here's your chance to give this initiative a people-friendly name and face!

Read contest details here.

Frances Edwards Has Passed Away

We are sad to report that Frances Edwards, wife of the late Hall of Famer, Ernie Edwards, passed away on March 1 at the age of 94. Frances helped her husband operate the Pig Hip Restaurant in Broadwell, Illinois for nearly 30 years, until 1991. Frances was buried on March 4, 2016 at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln, Illinois.

Read our story about her husband Ernie's passing from 2012.

Hot Off the Press!

Two new books are now available for purchase via our Association!

Kickin' in the Kitchen

3rd edition

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Compiled, edited and published by the Route 66 Association of Illinois, Kickin' in the Kitchen is filled with delicious recipes and kitchen-tested wisdom from cooks along Route 66!

Add some new zing to your home cuisine with this cookbook; they also make tasty gifts for the cooks in your life!

$10.00 + $5.00 shipping (in bubble wrap) and handling (price includes sales tax)

This book is also available for in-person purchase at Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum & Hall of Fame | 110 Howard St, Pontiac, IL

EZ66 Guide for Travelers

(4th edition)

by Jerry McClanahan

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This convenient, spiral-bound book is a turn-by-turn guide to a safe and enjoyable journey along Route 66 from the east in Chicago, Illinois to west in Santa Monica, California (and back again)!

Ninety Years | Ninety Memories

November 11, 1926 was a special day… the day a thoroughfare across the heartland of the U.S. was established; the day Route 66 was born. That means that later this year our beloved Mother Road will turn 90 years old.

better cake.jpgAs a way to mark this auspicious occasion, we’re compiling a list of your memories of Route 66. How about a nice round number, like 90 of them? If we start now, we should have no trouble at all coming up with 90 memories that recall fun, nostalgic and endearing times spent along Route 66. Throughout her lifetime, the Mother Road has brought people together and shortened the distance between America’s destinations. She has supported businesses, travelers and lifestyles along her 4000+ miles. How has Route 66 touched your life?

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:
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.