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 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!

Membership

Membership

Please join our association's efforts to preserve, promote, educate 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!

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

Association Events

Fall Quarterly Meeting October 19, 2014 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 (All day)

Repair Progress on The World’s Largest Covered Wagon

Our thanks to Nancy Saul, Interim Director, Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County for the following press release.

LINCOLN, IL – The World’s Largest Covered Wagon is beginning to “heal” following a late January windstorm that broke three wheels on the kitschy tourist attraction and left it tilted at a 45 degree angle.

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Damaged wagon

“The work is moving right along,” said Nancy Saul, interim director of the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County. “Barring any unforeseen circumstances it should easily be completed by the end of April.

“That was our goal - to get the wagon back in shape for the start of the 2014 tourist season.”

Pontiac’s Charm Trail Expands

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for the following information.

Pontiac Tourism has recently unveiled two new collectible charms for the Pontiac Charm Trail. The Charm Trail is a promotional activity which encourages locals and visitors to explore Pontiac’s many retail establishments as they collect keepsake jewelry. There are now 15 Charm Trail dealers, up from the 13 merchants who began the program in 2013. One of the newest charms to be added to the more than 30 charms currently available is the Bob Waldmire Road Yacht and is available at both the Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum and Old City Hall Shoppes. The distinctive Road Yacht charm was based on a design provided by local artist Bob Sear. It is the second charm Sear has helped to design; his first contribution was the Livingston County Courthouse charm.

Get Your Funk's Grove Maple Sirup!

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?

World's Largest Covered Wagon to be Repaired Following January Wind Damage

Our thanks to Nancy Saul, Interim Director of Logan County Tourism Bureau for providing the following press release.

LINCOLN – The World’s Largest Covered Wagon will soon stand straight and tall again on Old Route 66 for the entire world to see.

On January 26, a storm rolled through Lincoln, carrying wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour.

The storm pushed the monstrous wagon askew, breaking the front and back wheels on the driver’s side and leaving the roadside attraction tilted at a 45 degree angle. The wagon cover was also ripped from its mountings and destroyed.

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Red Carpet Corridor Prepares for 8Th Annual Festival

Thanks to Pontiac, Illinois, Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release to get us "thinking spring!"

The 13 communities situated along historic Route 66 between Joliet and Towanda, Illinois, are already deep into the process of planning the 2014 Red Carpet Corridor Festival. This year’s event will be held on May 3rd and May 4th in each of the towns. The tradition of each town offering its own unique set of events for the festival will continue, and planned events include car and motorcycle shows, cook-offs, art displays, live musical performances, retail shopping specials, contests, cruises, fun runs, and antique, collectible merchandise. Many communities will have yard sales, garage sales, and flea markets to satisfy the shopping needs of most people. To assist festival-goers in finding the best shopping bargains, the Red Carpet Corridor committee recently announced a new partnership with Kickson66Sale.com. Kicks on 66 Sale is a multi-municipal destination shopping event which will run concurrently with the Red Carpet Corridor Festival along the 90-mile corridor of Route 66 that runs from Joliet to Towanda.

Pontiac Tourism Releases 2013 Numbers

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander for giving us the scoop on 2013 Pontiac Tourism statistics. It's clear that tourism is on the rise!

The Pontiac Office of Tourism has released the visitor count for the 2013 calendar year. For the fourth year in a row, tourism numbers rose. The most significant increase was in the number of international visitors and tour groups. International visitors increased by slightly more than 23%, while group tours grew nearly 27%.

Chinese Reality Show Filmed in Pontiac

Thanks to Pontiac Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for bringing the following video, filmed in Pontiac in September, 2013, for a Chinese reality show, to our attention.

Click this link to see this video. It's in Chinese but you'll recognize the sites!

It's an opportunity to see Route 66 through fresh and enthusiastic eyes!

Deanos Rt 66 Motorcycle Trip

The following travelogue was submitted through our website submission form by enthusiastic Route 66 Traveler, Dean Radford. Thanks, Dean, for sharing your adventure!

While visiting my brother in MI, I met Dan Rice who provided info on Rt 66. So I decided to head out from Flint, MI on my 1300 V Star motorcycle to Chicago shoreline and ride a portion of 66.

Four weeks later I arrived home in Ft Lauderdale after making it to Santa Monica, then U.S 10 - 6K miles. I met special people and had wonderful experiences in Pontiac IL, Commerce and Claremore. Special time in Seligman meeting Angel and the guys at Canyon Inn. Country Manor in Dwight was a nice dining experience. TRIP OF A LIFETIME for recently retired senior!

Route 66 Reinterpreted Contest 2014!

This is an exciting, creative endeavor that celebrates Route 66 is a visual way. According to a press release from Atlanta, IL:

In celebration of Rt. 66 and all it stands for, Atlanta, Illinois— located Midway on the Mother Road between Chicago and St. Louis—announces the Second Annual “Rt. 66 Reinterpreted” Art Project.

Click to read the press release in its entirety which explains the contest and provides information on its guidelines and how to enter.

Click to see last year's five winning submissions to the Route 66 Reinterpreted Contest.

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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.