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!

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

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

Membership

Membership

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

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

Events Along The Road

21st Mother Road Ride Rally 06/10/2015 (All day)
Motor Tour 2015 06/12/2015 - 12:00am

Association Events

Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Association Picnic 2015 August 16, 2015 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 18, 2015 - 10:00am
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Route 66 Neon Park Planned for St. Robert, MO

Our thanks to Jim Thole for supplying the following news from our Route 66 neighbor, Missouri.

The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation organization is excited to announce its plan to develop “Route 66 Neon Park” within the City of St. Robert in George M Reed Roadside Park, which is located in a wide median area between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 66. The Route 66 Neon Park will be the first of its kind to be developed along the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road which runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, and will feature restored, orphaned Route 66 neon signs in an outdoor park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform the public about the history of each sign.

9th Annual Illinois Rt.66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival - May 2 – 3, 2015

Our thanks to Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss, for supplying the following information about this awesome, not-to-be-missed event.

It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America. Everyone is invited to experience life in the slow lane. Thirteen communities in Illinois have linked together a festival containing 90 miles of excitement to explore.

The Red Carpet Corridor consists of all the communities on historic Route 66 between Joliet and south to Towanda. Outstanding photo opportunities are everywhere. This area and these towns are so interesting you will want to return again & again throughout the year.

The Last Days of the Bel Aire Manor in Springfield

Friend of the Association, Keith Sculle, has been watching and photographing the final days of the Bel Aire Manor. Here's a photo taken April 7, 20215 that Keith says helps give depth to the once vibrant business, now in sad decline.

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Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL

The historic Mill in Lincoln, IL, located at 738 S. Washington, will be welcoming a variety of vendors taking part in monthly weekend flea markets during the tourist season, beginning on the second Saturday of April and running through October, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Spaces are still available for $10 to $15 dollars for the day and throughout the season.

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Hooker Cut

By Brian L. Alexander

Several years ago Fran and I decided to go on a Route 66 road tour sponsored by The Route 66 Association of Missouri the weekend after Labor Day. Up until that time we had never been farther west on Route 66 than Cuba Missouri. Missouri’s scenery and topography is entirely different than Illinois’ landscape. Illinois being “The Prairie State” is for the most part flat, with large farms growing corn and soybeans, as far as the eye can see. Route 66 in Missouri was built on the Ozark Plateau making it have steep hills and sharp curves.

Blue Carpet Corridor Will Hold Inaugural Event June 13-14, 2015

Our thanks to Cheryl Jett for providing the following press release to share with you:

BCC logo-mod.jpgYou are invited to visit the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor - from Chatham to Collinsville - on Saturday - Sunday, June 13 – 14, for a weekend of family fun. The Blue Carpet Corridor includes the 18 communities of Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Benld, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Livingston, Troy, and Collinsville on three historic alignments of Route 66.

Events and activities in the various communities will include car and tractor shows, community-wide yard sales, children's activities, petting zoo, live entertainment, historical tours and presentations, unveiling of two new Walldogs murals, a rib cookoff, a Wingfest, car wash, special museum and historic site open hours, and much, much more! Food vendors and photo ops will be plentiful! Also, on Saturday, June 14, visitors can enjoy several annual festivals, including the American Legion Fest in Chatham, the Route 66 Festival in Edwardsville, and Downtown Days Festival in Troy.

It's Sirup Season at Funks Grove!

It's syrup season at Funk's Grove!

Inducted to our Association's Hall of Fame in 1992, Funks Grove is a Route 66 institution!

Come and get your sirup now! Once it's gone, it's gone for the season!

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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
5257 Old Route 66
Shirley, Illinois 61772

Monday - Friday 9-5
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 1-5

funkspuremaplesirup.com
(309) 874-3360

Do you smell pancakes?

Red Carpet Corridor Festival Plans in Progress

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release:

The 9th annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will run May 2 & 3, 2015. This festival takes place along a 90-mile stretch of historic Route 66 – starting in Joliet in the north and ending at Towanda, Illinois in the south. Along that length of America’s Main Street, there will be scheduled events both days of the festival. Each of the 13 communities along the Mother Road will stage special activities for young and old alike. There will be bake sales, flea markets, car shows, history displays and presentations, contests, dances, live music, great food, and fun for everyone. You can examine the full slate of events by visiting the Red Carpet Corridor’s webpage.

Future of Tropics Neon Sign Uncertain

By Route 66 Association of Illinois Treasurer, Marty Blitstein

It has come to the attention of myself and our Association as a whole that the iconic Tropics neon sign, which was supposed to be restored by the city of Lincoln, IL has been discovered to have been poorly placed in a yard waste disposal site in Lincoln, instead of being carefully stored out of the elements while awaiting restoration.

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At a meeting of the Lincoln city council committee on Monday, March 23, I implored the committee to do right by this piece of Route 66 memorabilia. Here's an excerpt of my comments:

The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois Launches Crowd Funding Campaign to Complete Restoration & Open as a Museum

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd of Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County for providing the following press release to share.

The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois Launches International Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to Complete Restoration & Open as a Museum

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County has launched an Indiegogo.com crowd funding campaign to finish restoring the famous Mill Restaurant on Route 66 in Lincoln, IL into a museum, featuring a collection of items representing Route 66 in Logan County. The campaign runs for 40 days and ends on April 25, 2015. The goal for completing the renovation work is in time for the annual October celebration in 2015.

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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.