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



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!

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)

Marty’s Membership Madness 2014!

It's that time of year again - time for our Membership Chairman, Marty Blitstein's, Membership Special! If you still haven't discovered the joys of joining our Association, here's your chance to go for it - and get a bonus to boot!

Here's the deal!

New members who join between September 11, 2014 and December 31, 2014 will receive an 18-month membership for the price of 1 year!

8th Annual Car Cruise-In & New Weekend Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln, IL

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd to providing the following press release to share:

8th Annual Car Cruise-In and New Weekend Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln, IL

This Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14th!

The public is welcome to check out The Mill Car Cruise-In this Saturday, September 13th from 1pm-4pm as part of a weekend of additional activities at the old historic restaurant located at 738 S. Washington in Lincoln, IL. The annual meeting of the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County, the group that owns the historic site, is also one of the last events of the season for, and co-sponsored by, The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club.

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Hall of Fame Nominations

Association president Cathie Stevanovich announces that this year's Hall of Fame nomination period will open October 1, 2014.

(This is a reprint of the article written by Kathy Miller. We are reprinting it as it succinctly and accurately details what is needed for nomination.)

Postville image_0.pngThe Route 66 Association of Illinois will begin seeking nominations for the 2015 Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted from October 1st, to December 31st, 2014.

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. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor and commemorate those people, businesses, attractions, and events that helped give Route 66 such special character and historical status in Illinois.

The committee invites anyone to submit a nomination. It must include a strong fact-based essay. It must include details about the nominee’s contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66. We encourage that photos, news clips, and other memorabilia accompany the essay but they are not required. A panel of historians and Hall of Fame members will judge all nominations.

Nominations must include accurate documentation or declaration of the Nominee’s qualities, deeds, and history on Route 66 that merit this honor.

Cool Cars at Illinois State Police Memorial Foundation Motorcycle and Fun Car Run

Thanks to Jeff Geisler for submitting these great photos taken on July 29, 2014 in Dwight, IL during the Illinois State Police Memorial Foundation Motorcycle and Fun Car Run.

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Photo Recap: Our Annual Association Picnic, 2014

Our annual Association picnic was held, once again at beautiful Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk's Grove, Illinois on Sunday, August 17. It was a terrific day in the fresh air and sunshine where roadies satisfied their appetite for delicious picnic fare and the company of friendly folks.

Picnic attendee, Elaine Stonich, was kind enough to share her delicious photos of the picnic with us and we in turn, share them with you. Bon appétit!

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Scenic Byway Delivers Route 66 Interpretive Statues

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd, Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, for providing the following information for us to share:

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway delivers series of interpretive statues in nine communities along the Mother Road

A new series of interpretive statues and corresponding wayside panels are in the process of being installed in nine Route 66 communities along the famous highway in Illinois. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway coordinated the project, which was funded through grants from the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byway Program and the Illinois Office of Tourism.

Bill Kelly, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, explained the significance of this latest series of interpretive exhibits along Illinois Route 66. “Statues tell the story of The Road in a way that is unique and unexpected by visitors. They also serve as a fun photo opportunity”, said Kelly. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway in the past has also worked with community partners to develop a series of 31 wayside exhibits and 14 experience hubs that have already been installed for the enhancement of the Route 66 experience for the traveler.

The “shadow statues” are so nicknamed because they are two-dimensional iron statues depicting a famous scene from the history of Route 66 in Illinois.

Running north to south, the interpretive statues are as follows:


Godley - Miner & Mule – an interpretation of the strip-mining of black diamonds in the communities of Braidwood, Coal City, Carbon Hill, Diamond, and Godley that begun in the mid-1800s and ended in 1974.

2014 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show

Our thanks to Amy Crowther of Berwyn Development Corporation for providing the following information about this exciting event.

The 24th Annual Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show, sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar will be held on Ogden Avenue in Berwyn, IL. Berwyn has always been a great Route 66 town with a thriving, dynamic and fast-growing community at its heart. The Route 66 Car Show is the area’s best and biggest car show, attracting more than 30,000 visitors every first Saturday of September.

Plan to make your trip to Route 66 a weekend getaway! Join us Friday, September 5, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for our pre-show cookout at Paisans Pizzeria & Bar at 6226 W Ogden Ave.

The Main Event will take place Saturday, September 6 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Berwyn’s strip of Route 66 along Ogden Ave between Oak Park Ave and Ridgeland Ave! Visitors can soak up the classic car culture of Historic Route 66 with a stroll through over 500 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Demonstrations of Automobile Flamethrowing by the Roamin’ Chariots will thrill spectators at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Pontiac, IL Calendar of Events, Through 2014

Thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following calendar of events for the city. Let's enjoy great times in Pontiac!

Click to view the most recent Pontiac, IL calendar of events.

Strevell House Gets New Lawn

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release for us to share:

The exterior appearance of the historic Strevell House in Pontiac, Illinois, recently underwent a major, and quite noticeable, improvement. After months of preparation, the weedy, patchy, and neglected lawn at the 1855-era home has been completely replaced with new sod. Under the direction of Collins Miller, a member of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Strevell House Committee, workers unloaded and placed new grass at the 401 West Livingston Street location.

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Truck Traffic Threatens Route 66 in Will County

Read this very informative article from the Herald-News concerning the impact of heavy truck traffic congestion upon historic Route 66 in Will County, IL. Our preservation chairman, John Weiss, weighs in with his enlightened opinion on this subject.

Read Route 66 historian says truck traffic threatens Route 66 from the Herald-News.

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

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110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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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.