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

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!

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.

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

Motor Tour 2015 06/12/2015 - 12:00am

Association Events

Winter Quarterly Meeting January 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 18, 2015 - 10:00am

Yost House Volunteers Honored

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL's Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following information:

Members of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Yost House Museum committee gathered at Bernardi’s Restaurant on Wednesday, October 8th to celebrate the service of some of the volunteers who have contributed greatly to the ongoing success of the Yost House Museum.

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The Yost House is located at 298 West Water Street in Pontiac and was built at the turn of the twentieth century (1898). The Z.F. Yost family was one of Pontiac’s most active families during their time in Pontiac. When the last member of the family passed away in the 1980s, the house, and all of the family’s belongings were given to the City of Pontiac. The Historical Society has, for more than 20 years, overseen the operation and general maintenance of the Queen Anne-styled home. The Yost Museum is one of Pontiac’s most interesting historic homes due to the fact that during its nearly 100-year entire life, it was owned and lived in by a single family. Inside the home visitors will find the furniture, decorations, clothing, silver service, several sets of hand-painted china, and an art collection that was amassed over the nearly 100 years that the Yost family lived there.

Pontiac Installs New Interpretive Statue Along Route 66

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL's Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander for sharing this update on the installation of their new interpretive statue:

Gmail_-_Writey_Tidy.pngOne of Pontiac’s most important Route 66 heritage sites has recently been given an exciting new element. The old Illinois State Police District 6 headquarters, located south of town along Historic Route 66, now has an interpretive statue and a corresponding wayside story panel celebrating the motorcycle patrolmen who served to enforce laws and protect travelers along the Mother Road. 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. The iron silhouette of a mounted patrolman is one of nine cut-out statues being added to selected locations along the road in Illinois.

Winter Hall of Fame and Museum Hours Begin November 1

Beginning November 1, 2014, our Hall of Fame and Museum switches to Winter Hours, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.

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We look forward to seeing you and providing a unique, comprehensive and FREE Route 66 experience!

110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

(815) 844-4566

Hall of Famer, Chester Henry, Writes Book About Route 66 Experiences

We are very excited to report that Hall of Famer Chester Henry, retired lieutenant of the Illinois State Police has written a book about his experiences along Route 66 in Illinois, both as a resident and an officer. Mr Henry will be conducting two book signings of his memoir, entitled, “Route 66, My Home Away from Home,” at our Hall of Fame and Museum, 110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL, on October 25 and November 1.

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2014 All-Pontiac Cruise and Car Show Slideshow

Our friend and car-lover Dave Sullivan attended the 2014 All-Pontiac Cruise and Car Show on September 20 -21. Dave was kind enough to send an abundance of photos from this event from the towns of Pontiac and Dwight, IL which we are happy to share here with you.

Happy drooling, car buffs!

Motor Tour 2014 Recap - Through the Eyes of Participants

Here it is - the official recap for our 25th annual Motor Tour! Some participants were kind enough to share their memories and photos of this exciting event that took place June 13-15, 2014. Read on to experience your very own Motor Tour adventure through their words and images!

The Friedrich Family

By Josh Friedrich

On Friday, June 13, after I got off work, we piled into the van and made our way to Edwardsville for their Route 66 Festival and the kick off to the 25th Annual motor tour. I was looking forward to seeing all our 66 friends and making some new ones this weekend. The downtown was full of people, vendors, and sweet and savory smells. We picked up our tour packet from Cathie and Marty, said hello to John Weiss, and then made our way over to see two of our favorite authors. Joe Sonderman and Chery Eichar Jett just released their new Arcadia book, Route 66 In Illinois, and Joe released a new hardback, Postcards From Route 66. I picked up each and promptly had them personally autographed. Now it was time to find some dinner and we chose a food truck called Pickerill's Pick'n 'N' Grinn'n BBQ. We had a dirty, filthy dog, a dirty dog, and BBQ cheese fries. Everything was great!

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Dirty Filthy Dog, Edwardsville Rt 66 Festival, photo courtesy Josh Friedrich

Friedrich Family Files: Summer, 2014 Route 66 Adventures

We kicked off the first day of summer break in June by taking in a little of our local 66 on Sixth Street in Springfield. We decided to satisfy our sweet tooth at Mel-O-Cream donuts. The company is over 80 years old and has had several locations over the years. Stop in a try a delectable pastry two different locations along the mother road on South Sixth Street or North Grand Avenue. After breakfast we went shopping for camping provisions for Charlie's first overnight Cub Scout campout that weekend. Now it was time for a late lunch at the ever popular Cozy Dog Drive In.

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John Wille Selected as New Museum Curator

By John Wille

John Wille.pngThis past spring I was asked if I would like to be the curator of the Route 66 Museum and Hall of Fame in Pontiac. I was happy to accept the nomination. When the museum opened in June 2004 and for a number of years the curators were Durelle and Marilyn Pritchard. Since the Pritchards left the position, no one has served as curator until I was appointed.

I began volunteering at the museum beginning in late August 2011. I would come in to help out Jim Jones. I learned a great deal about the Museum and Hall of Fame and Route 66 from him. He is a great mentor! Also I learned a lot from Cathie Stevanovich and Marty Blitstein who have always been most helpful and generous with their time in helping me learn more about the museum and the Illinois Route 66 Association. I have found a great deal of pleasure and fun to be there talking with visitors from all over the world.

Bucket List: Driving the Entire Route 66 in a 1966 Thunderbird by Two 66’ers

Our thanks to Dianna Pickett for providing the following information about a trek along Route 66 in support of a worthy cause happening now!

Bucket List: Driving the Entire Route 66 in a 1966 Thunderbird by Two 66’ers
Benefitting JDRF - Oregon/SW Washington Chapter
Having Fun While Helping Others

Oregonians Jim Pickett and Joe Roberts will leave September 15, 2014 on their bucket list adventure of driving the entire route of the historic Route 66, also known at The Mother Road. They will also be fundraising for JDRF - the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

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!

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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.