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!

Membership

Membership

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

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

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

Motor Tour Meeting November 9, 2014 - 10:00am
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

Motor Tour 2014: Making Memories on Our 25th Anniversary Tour!

Here's the information you've been awaiting: The details of our 25th Annual Motor Tour!

The "Making Memories" Tour will be rolling along the Mother Road Friday, June 13th through Sunday, June 15th, 2014. The Motor Tour is our Association's signature event; a three-day planned trip along Route 66 with other enthusiastic roadies to take in the sights and experiences the Mother Road offers here in Illinois.

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Chester Henry: A Look at a True Hall of Famer

In anticipation of the announcement of our 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, here's a story about one of our earliest, Chester Henry of the Illinois State Police.

Our friend, Ron Warnick, who runs Route 66 News recently pointed us to a terrific story in the Bloomington Pantagraph about one of our earliest Hall of Famers, Chester Henry, who was inducted in 1993. Chester is 82 years old now and happily enjoying his retirement from law enforcement.

Read Ron's recap of the article on Route 66 News, Route 66's Lifeguard.

Happy 25th Anniversary Wishes from Members Tony and Kathy Melone

The following letter from Association members, Tony and Kathy Melone, comes just in time to celebrate our Association's 25th anniversary and our 25th annual Motor Tour. Thanks to the Melones for such kind and thoughtful words. From one 25th anniversary celebrator to another, Happy Anniversary and many more!

Tony writes:

My wife Kathy and I are kind of new members, going on four years. We have been on the Motor Tour the past three years and are still amazed at our “Hidden Treasure,” Route 66 in Illinois.

We are lucky to have an old 55 Buick Super that we take on the road often, and we are looking forward to this year’s 25th anniversary of the organization. It happens to be our own 25th year wedding anniversary this year.

Hall of Fame and Museum Summer Hours Begin April 1

Come visit our Museum and Hall of Fame!

110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Summer hours (April 1 - October 31):
Open 7 days a week!
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Look at our Hall of Fame and Museum page here on our website to learn all about this awesome Route 66 attraction!

A Trip of a Lifetime

By Edward Johnson

I don't know exactly when the idea struck me of taking Route 66 all the way to California and back. I do know it was there in my mind long before I ever got an anitque vehicle and joined the McLean County Antique Auto Club or joined the Route 66 Association of Illinois. At some point it turned into the idea of a group trip to celebrate the car club's 50th anniversary in 2013. I started talking about it at the monthly meetings over two years in advance to give anyone interested in going along plenty of time to get themselves and their vehicle ready.

I put together a proposed itinerary of places to see and places to stay along the way and a group of interested members had our first meeting in February of 2012. The start-off date was settled on for September 15th, 2013. The plan was to travel no more than 200 miles a day if possible and stop anywhere and see anything that was of interest to us. Through several meetings there were some changes made to the plan as stops were added or dropped or evening stops were changed.

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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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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.