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October 2009

Candlelight Christmas - Plainfield, IL

Candlelight Christmas - Plainfield, IL

Saturday, December 5, 2009

3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Downtown Plainfield, IL

Come to Downtown Plainfield for a day of holiday shopping, dining, and more. In the evening, watch the lighting of the creche at Plymouth Congregational Church, take a carriage ride, eat roasted chestnuts, and have your picture taken with Santa Claus for free at Gourmet Junction (pictures by Kiwanis Club).

Click for further information about this event on the.MainStreet Plainfield web site.

MainStreet Plainfield, Inc. and Plainfield Community Organizations - Call (815)436-5510.

Tour of Joliet Iron Works Historic Site - Joliet, IL

Tour of Joliet Iron Works Historic Site - Joliet, IL

Sunday, November 15, 2009

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Downtown Joliet, IL

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis - Plainfield, IL

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis - Plainfield, IL

Saturday, December 5, 2009

7:30 AM

Ira Jones Middle School
15320 W. Wallin Drive, Plainfield, IL

7:30 a.m. Race Day Registration opens
9:00 AM. 5K Step-off
10:15 AM. Kid's Dash

Click for more information about this event.

Call (312) 372-2080

Holiday Open House - Plainfield, IL

Holiday Open House - Plainfield, IL

Saturday, December 5, 2009

8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Downtown Plainfield, IL

Enjoy breakfast or lunch with Santa, get some holiday shopping done, and have your gifts wrapped at the gift-wrapping station. Enjoy many other holiday activities including carriage rides, carolers, and holiday story time.

Click here for more information about this event on the MainStreet Plainfield web site.

Call MainStreet Plainfield, Inc.- (815)436-5510

"Ghosts of 66"

In honor of Halloween, we present, "Ghosts of 66."


Remember that they're only ghosts if we let them be forgotten.

The ComEd Festival of Trees - Joliet, IL

The ComEd Festival of Trees - Joliet, IL

7-day event!

Monday, November 23 - Sunday, November 29, 2009

Route 66 Featured on Travel Site

The lure of Route 66 is spreading! A web site called, Roger Johnson's America, a delightful travelogue of these fifty states has recently added a Route 66 page!

Thank you, Roger, for acknowledging Route 66 as the attraction / destination she is! We are proud to tell folks here about your great travel site!

Click to visit the page dedicated to Route 66 on Roger Johnson's America.

Inspiration on Two Legs

Emory Duick, a 71 year old man from Des Plaines, IL, is accomplishing an amazing feat - he is walking Route 66! Yes indeed, you read right - he started walking on June 2, 2009 from Des Plaines and he is walking the length of Route 66! In fact, he's already traveled 1,300 miles, at the rate of 10 miles a day! He is presently approaching Albequerque, NM for the home stretch, 1,100 miles more to Santa Monica, CA.

Wow. I hope he's logging his activity on the AARP "Get Fit on Route 66" web site!

Click to read the inspiring story in its entirety.

Identify This Route 66 Site, Round 4

Congratulations to two different - both anonymous - winners who answered here and to Jeff Meyer and Josh Friedrich who both answered on our Facebook Fan Page for correctly identifying the last mystery photo as "The old train station in Funk's Grove across the street from Funk's Grove Country Store."

Are you ready for round 4?

Let's play again!  Same as last time:

Who can be the first to identify this site along Route 66 in Illinois?

Tell us the Who, What Where, When and Why of it and you will receive our undying gratitude and the credit you deserve for being such a knowledgable Route 66 of Illinois Roadie!

Click on the Add new comment link below to tell us your answer!

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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.