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Route 66

Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation's history - and it lives on today in Illinois' Route 66's many roadside attractions, museums, restaurants - and the shining ribbon of blacktop we call The Mother Road.

Explore It

One Mile
At A Time

Route 66

Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation's history - and it lives on today in Illinois' Route 66's many roadside attractions, museums, restaurants - and the shining ribbon of blacktop we call The Mother Road.

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Illinois Route 66 Stories Video
Illinois Route 66 Stories Video
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Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
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Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Dell Rhea Chicken Basket, Willowbrook
Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Dell Rhea Chicken Basket, Willowbrook
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Illinois Route 66 Stories: Strufe / Arrow Motel, Dwight
Illinois Route 66 Stories: Strufe / Arrow Motel, Dwight
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Illinois Route 66 Attraction Stories: Sky View Drive-In, Litchfield
Illinois Route 66 Attraction Stories: Sky View Drive-In, Litchfield
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Illinois Route 66 Stories: Chester Henry - Retired State Trooper
Illinois Route 66 Stories: Chester Henry - Retired State Trooper
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Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Jubelt's Restaurant and Bakery, Litchfield
Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Jubelt's Restaurant and Bakery, Litchfield
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Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta
Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta
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Illinois Route 66 Stories: Lou Mitchell's, Chicago
Illinois Route 66 Stories: Lou Mitchell's, Chicago
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Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Knight's Action Park and Caribbean Water Adventure, Springfield
Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Knight's Action Park and Caribbean Water Adventure, Springfield
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Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Henry's Ra66it Ranch, Staunton
Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Henry's Ra66it Ranch, Staunton
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Illinois Route 66 Stories: Doc's Soda Fountain, Girard
Illinois Route 66 Stories: Doc's Soda Fountain, Girard
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Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Ambler-Becker Texaco Station, Dwight
Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Ambler-Becker Texaco Station, Dwight
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Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Ariston Cafe, Litchfield
Illinois Route 66 Attractions: Ariston Cafe, Litchfield
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Illinois Route 66 Stories: Shea's Gas Station Museum, Springfield
Illinois Route 66 Stories: Shea's Gas Station Museum, Springfield
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Route 66 Stories: Betty Estes - Illinois Route 66
Route 66 Stories: Betty Estes - Illinois Route 66
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Illinois Route 66 Stories: Jim Jones - Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac
Illinois Route 66 Stories: Jim Jones - Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac
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Route 66 Stories, Ernie Edwards, Pig Hip Restaurant / Museum, Broadwell
Route 66 Stories, Ernie Edwards, Pig Hip Restaurant / Museum, Broadwell
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The Three Alignments
The "original" Route 66 alignment in Illinois signifies a turning point in transportation history as the emphasis of long distance travel shifts from a fixed rail system to a traveler driven navigation. Illinois was the first state to boast having Route 66 paved from end to end. It is during this time period that the Mother Road was most often referred to as " The Hard Road."
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The concept of the "bypass" was first implemented on Route 66 during this era. Transportation infrastructure is well underway at this point in history as well and traveler expectations have risen, resulting in gas stations, motels, and formalized rest areas.
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This era encompasses the "Golden Age" of Route 66 where America's car culture took hold. Drive-in theaters, Drive-in restaurants, and motels were born and developed along the Mother Road during this period.
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Featured Attraction
Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
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This historic 1880 bridge was built by Thomas Black. It spans 60 feet across Sugar Creek. The bridge was restored in 1965 and is open to foot traffic. A quaint park adjacent to the bridge and creek is an ideal place for a picnic.
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Investigating the Futuro House
Submitted By: John Roberts
Having moved from Missouri to Michigan in 1976, I'd driven Old 66/I55 many times over the years, but since moving to California, the trip has become a biannual jaunt more or less following Route 66.
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The Mill on 66 Annual Cruise-In
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Chicago Gourmet - A Celebration of Food and Wine
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28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival
Route 66 International Film Festival
Chicago's Perfect 10 Mile & 10K at Navy Pier
25th Annual Memorial's Festival of Trees
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Christmas with the Lincolns
Carlinville Christmas Market
Light the Veltway
Berwyn's Deck the Depot
2015 Chicago Auto Show
Annie Leibovitz Pilgrimage
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
Wrigley Field's 100th Anniversary Celebration
Navy Pier Fireworks
History Comes Alive
Lincoln's Funeral: Distant Memories & 114th Infantry Regiment Flag Lowering Ceremony
40th Season of "Concerts On The Hill"
Chicago SummerDance
Mercury's Canine Cruise
Made for Music with Chris Vallillo
From the Prairie to the Presidency, The Music of Lincoln's Life
Open Cockpit Day at Prairie Aviation Museum
Civil War Campfire
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
Bruegala Beer Festival
Sweet Corn Blues Festival
Day of the Dozer
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail - McLean County 2014
Braidwood Historical Society 3rd Annual Car Show at the Depot
Chicago Triathlon
Central States Thresherman's Reunion
Chicago Jazz Festival
Amateur Short Track, AMA All-Star Short Track & Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races
Hummingbird Festival & Pollination Celebration
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Scheels Super Retriever Dog Jumping Competition
Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
2014 Route 66 6.6K Run/Walk, McLean IL
Bolingbrook Super Car Saturday
Spirits of the Civil War
Cruise-In at the Mansion
SOB Fest/Springfield Oyster & Brew Festival
NASCAR Race Fan Rally
World Music Festival Chicago
Art Spectacular at the Carillon
The Mill on 66 Annual Cruise-In
2014 Expo Chicago at Navy Pier
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
Berwyn's Oktoberfest
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
Macoupin County Historical Society Fall Festival
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
GTOAA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
Staunton Art and Music Festival
Braidwood Route 66 Cruisin' 2014
David Bowie Is
Chicago Gourmet - A Celebration of Food and Wine
13th Annual International Mother Road Festival
Ditka Dash
Route 66 Swap Meet
Chicago International Film Festival
Indian Summer Festival
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Berwyn Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
North Halsted Halloween Parade
28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival
Route 66 International Film Festival
Chicago's Perfect 10 Mile & 10K at Navy Pier
25th Annual Memorial's Festival of Trees
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Christmas with the Lincolns
Carlinville Christmas Market
Light the Veltway
Berwyn's Deck the Depot
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Unlike her staged, carefully lit portraits for magazines and advertising clients, photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject.
A ninety minute ten block walking tour presented by Garret Moffett, that uses the Lincoln sites as the scene for the strange and bizarre history surrounding Lincoln’s life and death.
Plan your 66 trip around a Cubs game! Chicago is celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field history, and Cubs fans are invited to join the "Party of the Century," a season dedicated to the storied past of this great ballpark. The 2014 season will honor 10 decades of Wrigley Field history with 10 unique decade-themed, throwback homestands complete with special guests, events, food, promotions and more.
Come out to Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday evening this summer to view the amazing and colorful fireworks of Navy Pier in Chicago! Call (312) 595-7437 for info.
Don’t miss these Living History Programs daily at Lincoln historic site locations and throughout downtown Springfield.
Lincoln's Funeral: Distant Memories presentation from 5:30pm – 6:30pm every Tuesday evening, Old City Cemetery Receiving Vault - Oak Ridge Cemetery. Followed by the 114th Regiment at 7pm, in authentic Civil War uniforms, demonstrating drill movements and performing a beautiful flag-lowering ceremony in front of the Lincoln Tomb.
Kick back and relax on the big grassy hill at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre while enjoying a variety of free family entertainment every Thursday through August 28th at 6:30pm. Enjoy tasty, affordable concessions in a scenic setting along the waterway. Picnic baskets welcome.
Join in this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, Cha-Cha or just enjoy the music.
Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and fire hydrants. Enjoy the cool breeze in your hair (and fur!) aboard the Skyline Queen which offers plenty of safe outdoor-seating. Dogs may choose to sit on your lap, in a seat or on the deck.
Join Illinois' premier prairie poet songwriter Chris Vallillo for an intimate concert in "The Gallery" at Frank Lloyd Wright's crown jewel of the Prairie Style of architecture, the Dana Thomas House. Vallillo performs original and period music on a wide range of vintage instruments that date to the era of the Dana Thomas House while sharing stories of Susan Dana and her incredible home.
Live performances of Lincoln-era music at the Old State Capitol at 5:15pm on Aug 15th & 22nd, in a new show written by Fritz Klein & Chris Vallillo.
Visitors have the opportunity to see inside the cockpit of airplanes, visit with pilots who flew the planes and visit the aviation displays inside. In addition to many exhibits in the museum, there are seven airplanes and three helicopters on display in the Air Park. 10am-4pm Aug16 & Sept 20.
Aug 16th, 23rd at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, free admission. Interact with living history presenters at a Civil War style campfire at the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield.
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard celebrates the world-class Magnificent Mile shopping experience. Attendees receive VIP treatment with exclusive in-store offers and events, celebrity appearances, fashion shows, culinary celebrations, outdoor concerts, fabulous hotel packages, special perks for MasterCard cardholders and much more.
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will feature more than 150 hours of Q&A’s, movie and TV screenings, special events, creator sessions, meet and greets, parties, fan-driven panels and more over four full days. Among the most popular panels is the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (13 film screenings and several themed panels) and exclusive screening of the highly anticipated new Fox TV series "Gotham".
Enjoy the beautiful hot air balloon launches beginning Friday through Saturday evening, followed by the balloon glow at dusk. Enjoy a carnival, festival food and live music. The Fine Art Fair features over 70 juried artists, and the event also includes the KCBS Barbeque competition and much more.
Located in downtown Springfield at 5th & Washington Streets and will be held Friday, August 22 from 5 pm to Midnight and Saturday, August 23 from Noon to Midnight. Event features award winning BBQ vendors and live Blues music.
8/22 Friday: 6-11pm; 8/23 Saturday: 5-11pm. This late-summer beer festival successfully combines good beers for good causes year after year and is made possible by Bloomington-Normal Jaycees. Features live music, beer and wines!
Over 50,000 ears of fresh sweet corn, sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, and flea market vendors await you on the streets of Uptown! Come out and enjoy the fun, food and some of the best blues music around.
For one day only, a construction site will become "Dozer Land," a place for kids and their families to explore the fascinating world of construction equipment.
Now in it's third year, the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail - McLean County kickoff will be held from 10:00 am to Noon at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. Featuring McLean County area barns and farm buildings decorated with 8x8-foot quilt squares painted on plywood.
Visit the Car Show at the Historic Train Depot Museum in Braidwood. Fun, Food, Music & Dash Plaques to first 75 cars!
For over 30 years, triathletes have gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan for one of the largest triathlons in the world. The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon presented by Toyota is an action-packed tour through beautiful Chicago.
This Labor Day Weekend, come out and experience activities that include rock crushing, threshing, sheep shearing, tractor pulls and a variety of country music shows.
The Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition, promoting awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performances. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
You get all the great fast-paced action of national level motorcycle racing out at the track on the fairgrounds. Aug 29-Amateur Short Track Races, Aug 30-AMA All-Star Short Track Races and Aug 31- Springfield Mile Motorcycles Races.
Lots to see and enjoy, including hummingbird banding, monarch tagging, and honey bee hive tours. All ages are invited - learn about pollination and pollinator migration from local experts during seminars, guided hikes, and garden tours.
The Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers, of Springfield present the artistry of woodcarving, woodburning, and intarsia, at their 24th annual show, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm. Carvers from across the country will be exhibiting their talents.
Don’t miss this Free family fun event! Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 9am-5pm, and Sun 9am-4:30pm. Local talent welcome - you can even bring your dog for the fun jump to give it a try. Competition categories include Pro, Elite, and Amateur Super Fly, Mini-Fly, and Junior Fly as well as Super V and Super V Elite.
The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is the area’s best and biggest car show. Held annually on the first weekend after Labor Day, the Car Show takes visitors on a stroll through 500+ vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles along with live music, automobile flamethrowing and a cacklefest of dragsters that will thrill spectators! For more info call 708-788-8100.
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! Calling all running, walking, Route 66, and local history enthusiasts - come out Saturday, Sept 6, when CORE of McLean, holds a 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk to benefit the community of McLean, IL.
Supercar Saturdays started when a group of Chicago Car enthusiasts, jealous of California morning car meets, decided to create an event of our own. Super Car Saturday brings car enthusiasts of all types together in one place to meet, share stories, and make new friends.
Held at Lincoln's Tomb and featuring reenactors portraying real people from the Civil War. There will also be an encampment of members of the Illinois 114th Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Annual Cruise-In at the Mansion fund raiser for the David Davis Mansion Foundation. Registration is from 11 am to 1 pm and the show hours are from Noon to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to arrive and depart as they like at this free event.
5th Annual craft beer and oyster festival at the Inn at 835 B&B, featuring 30 brewers from across the country, 150 beers, pub grub and local entertainment. Hours are from Noon to 5pm.
This annual NASCAR Race Fan Rally event is a kickoff event to the NASCAR weekend at the Speedway. Event includes plenty of entertainment on main stage and other locations, food, beer tents, NASCAR drivers, simulators, classic cars, prize and raffle drawings, everything NASCAR related.
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

Free admission, juried, fine art and craft fair. Features 50 artists with original artwork in variety of mediums. Also Kids' Place, kids' art sale on Saturday, demonstrations, music, food vendors. Saturday, 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Join us from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a car cruise-in with great classic cars, food, music, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. The event is co-sponsored by the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club.
Don't miss The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, also known as Expo Chicago 2014. Situated at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall , this four-day art event features over 120 leading international galleries and offers diverse programming.
Enjoy pie baking and pie eating contests, hypnosis/magician, Jr. Karaoke contest, Live Country Music, Live Dixieland Band, All Star Jam Band, Hairbanger's Ball, Basset Waddle parade and more.
2014 Berwyn Oktoberfest features an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be headlined by 1980s sensations Sixteen Candles on Friday Night and rock/pop/indie band 7th Heaven on Saturday Night.
This long-running festival was developed from Abraham Lincoln's early days when he split logs into fence rails to keep animals in their respective farms, and now has developed into a national competition.
In mid-September the Macoupin County Historical Society again offers a festival at the Anderson Mansion. The grounds are filled with vendors and live music, arts and crafts, antique machinery and homemade food and much more.
Springfield Art Association presents one of their longest-running traditions, the Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair. View and purchase hand-crafted art at over 60 artists’ booths, from the Midwest and beyond.
All Pontiac Cars invited and on display! Sponsored by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum & Resource Center. Saturday - Private Collections tour, Museum Tours, Ice Cream Social, live musical entertainment. Sunday - All Pontiac Car Show with expanded Classes.
5th Annual Art & Music Festival consists of exhibition and sale of fine art, live music, food and fun for the entire family. This event takes place in a relaxing and beautifully landscaped park. Call 618-635-2233 for details.
Bring the family out to the Braidwood Cruisin' - free admission for spectators! Enjoy the classic cars, great music from a local DJ, and check out new Giant Elvis at the Polk-a-Dot Drive-In!
"David Bowie Is" at the Museum of Contemporary Art is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time.
An interactive, epicurean event showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world. Held in Millennium Park, guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master someliers and winemakers.
Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield’s historic downtown for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment!
Run and look like Bears coaching legend Mike Ditka as thousands of runners and walkers take to Soldier Field for the Ditka Dash 5K. All participants will receive an awesome mustache, aviator sunglasses, and a shirt just like Da Coach used to wear!
Route 66 Swap Meet & Show 'n Shine is the event for racers, rodders, restorers and collectors! There's a wide selection for any automotive enthusiast.
The Chicago International Film Festival, now celebrating its 50th year, is North America's oldest competitive international film festival, showcasing over 175 films from 50 countries. Experience red carpet galas and film premieres to stars and filmmakers in attendance!
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center presents their big annual fundraiser and it is always a beautiful site to see. Brilliant fall colors make the perfect back drop for this family fall festival featuring food, crafts, music and children's activities.
Held annually at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon at Washington Park. Check out the 2014 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns! Also Tree of Lights, spooky music, food vendors & new features.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House ]is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.
The Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races are filled with great scenery, not just the Halloween costumes people wear, but the run along Lake Michigan is beautiful as is the view of Downtown Chicago.
Dress in your best Halloween zombie costume and head to Roosevelt Road for the 5th annual Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl. The event will feature zombie make-up, a pub crawl, food and an after-party. Tour stops: 12th Street Rag, Commodore Berry VFW Post, Paparazzi, Friendly Tap and FitzGerald's Nightclub during the pub crawl.
This iconic event is in its 17th year, and is one of Chicago's largest celebrations of ghosts, goblins and costumes of all types! This Halloween party draws thousands of spectators of all ages who line Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison to enjoy the evening's festivities.
Midwest's largest Bluegrass music festival - experience this true original American art form. Features award-winning artists from across the nation. Acoustic instrument workshops, (youth/adult) guitar show, music-related vendors, open stage for bluegrass jams.
Mark your calendar for the 2014 Festival on November 7-8, in the auditorium adjoining the Capital City Bar & Grill in Springfield - a growing venue for independent filmmakers worldwide. Comedy, Drama, Short, Documentary, Student, Experimental, something for everyone.
Chicago’s Perfect 10 allows runners a unique experience to run along the pier for the first and last segments of the race before turning south along the lakefront path to tour the city skyline.
A holiday tradition that features more than 150 decorated trees, local entertainment, delicious gingerbread cookies and tasty treats. The Festival includes a children's craft area, rides on the Candy Cane Express train, and a market filled with holiday gift items.
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping.
A winter wonderland illuminated by the laughter of children and more than one million lights at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. Watch live ice carving then escape Jack Frost with an exotic trip past crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey.
Discover how the Lincolns celebrated the holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home in downtown Springfield. The home will be decorated in period decor for the Christmas holiday season.
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions.
Roosevelt Road will light the way to the holiday season with merriment including live music, food and libations. Berwyn's entertainment row will offer festivities for the whole family. Call 708-788-8100.
Saunter over to Berwyn's Depot District for Deck the Depot, a brisk holiday walk through Berwyn's downtown Winter Wonderland complete with lights, live reindeer and a petting zoo at the Municipal Parking Facility. Let Santa know what's on your wish list and then get a complimentary photo with the Big Man in Red at Bounce Sports. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a hayride (Windsor & Grove Ave.). Relax to the sounds of Carolers.
This is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition in North America. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display.
Unlike her staged, carefully lit portraits for magazines and advertising clients, photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject.
A ninety minute ten block walking tour presented by Garret Moffett, that uses the Lincoln sites as the scene for the strange and bizarre history surrounding Lincoln’s life and death.
Plan your 66 trip around a Cubs game! Chicago is celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field history, and Cubs fans are invited to join the "Party of the Century," a season dedicated to the storied past of this great ballpark. The 2014 season will honor 10 decades of Wrigley Field history with 10 unique decade-themed, throwback homestands complete with special guests, events, food, promotions and more.
Come out to Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday evening this summer to view the amazing and colorful fireworks of Navy Pier in Chicago! Call (312) 595-7437 for info.
Don’t miss these Living History Programs daily at Lincoln historic site locations and throughout downtown Springfield.
Lincoln's Funeral: Distant Memories presentation from 5:30pm – 6:30pm every Tuesday evening, Old City Cemetery Receiving Vault - Oak Ridge Cemetery. Followed by the 114th Regiment at 7pm, in authentic Civil War uniforms, demonstrating drill movements and performing a beautiful flag-lowering ceremony in front of the Lincoln Tomb.
Kick back and relax on the big grassy hill at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre while enjoying a variety of free family entertainment every Thursday through August 28th at 6:30pm. Enjoy tasty, affordable concessions in a scenic setting along the waterway. Picnic baskets welcome.
Join in this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, Cha-Cha or just enjoy the music.
Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and fire hydrants. Enjoy the cool breeze in your hair (and fur!) aboard the Skyline Queen which offers plenty of safe outdoor-seating. Dogs may choose to sit on your lap, in a seat or on the deck.
Join Illinois' premier prairie poet songwriter Chris Vallillo for an intimate concert in "The Gallery" at Frank Lloyd Wright's crown jewel of the Prairie Style of architecture, the Dana Thomas House. Vallillo performs original and period music on a wide range of vintage instruments that date to the era of the Dana Thomas House while sharing stories of Susan Dana and her incredible home.
Live performances of Lincoln-era music at the Old State Capitol at 5:15pm on Aug 15th & 22nd, in a new show written by Fritz Klein & Chris Vallillo.
Visitors have the opportunity to see inside the cockpit of airplanes, visit with pilots who flew the planes and visit the aviation displays inside. In addition to many exhibits in the museum, there are seven airplanes and three helicopters on display in the Air Park. 10am-4pm Aug16 & Sept 20.
Aug 16th, 23rd at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, free admission. Interact with living history presenters at a Civil War style campfire at the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield.
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard celebrates the world-class Magnificent Mile shopping experience. Attendees receive VIP treatment with exclusive in-store offers and events, celebrity appearances, fashion shows, culinary celebrations, outdoor concerts, fabulous hotel packages, special perks for MasterCard cardholders and much more.
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will feature more than 150 hours of Q&A’s, movie and TV screenings, special events, creator sessions, meet and greets, parties, fan-driven panels and more over four full days. Among the most popular panels is the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (13 film screenings and several themed panels) and exclusive screening of the highly anticipated new Fox TV series "Gotham".
Enjoy the beautiful hot air balloon launches beginning Friday through Saturday evening, followed by the balloon glow at dusk. Enjoy a carnival, festival food and live music. The Fine Art Fair features over 70 juried artists, and the event also includes the KCBS Barbeque competition and much more.
Located in downtown Springfield at 5th & Washington Streets and will be held Friday, August 22 from 5 pm to Midnight and Saturday, August 23 from Noon to Midnight. Event features award winning BBQ vendors and live Blues music.
8/22 Friday: 6-11pm; 8/23 Saturday: 5-11pm. This late-summer beer festival successfully combines good beers for good causes year after year and is made possible by Bloomington-Normal Jaycees. Features live music, beer and wines!
Over 50,000 ears of fresh sweet corn, sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, and flea market vendors await you on the streets of Uptown! Come out and enjoy the fun, food and some of the best blues music around.
For one day only, a construction site will become "Dozer Land," a place for kids and their families to explore the fascinating world of construction equipment.
Now in it's third year, the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail - McLean County kickoff will be held from 10:00 am to Noon at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. Featuring McLean County area barns and farm buildings decorated with 8x8-foot quilt squares painted on plywood.
Visit the Car Show at the Historic Train Depot Museum in Braidwood. Fun, Food, Music & Dash Plaques to first 75 cars!
For over 30 years, triathletes have gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan for one of the largest triathlons in the world. The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon presented by Toyota is an action-packed tour through beautiful Chicago.
This Labor Day Weekend, come out and experience activities that include rock crushing, threshing, sheep shearing, tractor pulls and a variety of country music shows.
The Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition, promoting awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performances. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
You get all the great fast-paced action of national level motorcycle racing out at the track on the fairgrounds. Aug 29-Amateur Short Track Races, Aug 30-AMA All-Star Short Track Races and Aug 31- Springfield Mile Motorcycles Races.
Lots to see and enjoy, including hummingbird banding, monarch tagging, and honey bee hive tours. All ages are invited - learn about pollination and pollinator migration from local experts during seminars, guided hikes, and garden tours.
The Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers, of Springfield present the artistry of woodcarving, woodburning, and intarsia, at their 24th annual show, Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm. Carvers from across the country will be exhibiting their talents.
Don’t miss this Free family fun event! Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 9am-5pm, and Sun 9am-4:30pm. Local talent welcome - you can even bring your dog for the fun jump to give it a try. Competition categories include Pro, Elite, and Amateur Super Fly, Mini-Fly, and Junior Fly as well as Super V and Super V Elite.
The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is the area’s best and biggest car show. Held annually on the first weekend after Labor Day, the Car Show takes visitors on a stroll through 500+ vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles along with live music, automobile flamethrowing and a cacklefest of dragsters that will thrill spectators! For more info call 708-788-8100.
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! Calling all running, walking, Route 66, and local history enthusiasts - come out Saturday, Sept 6, when CORE of McLean, holds a 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk to benefit the community of McLean, IL.
Supercar Saturdays started when a group of Chicago Car enthusiasts, jealous of California morning car meets, decided to create an event of our own. Super Car Saturday brings car enthusiasts of all types together in one place to meet, share stories, and make new friends.
Held at Lincoln's Tomb and featuring reenactors portraying real people from the Civil War. There will also be an encampment of members of the Illinois 114th Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Annual Cruise-In at the Mansion fund raiser for the David Davis Mansion Foundation. Registration is from 11 am to 1 pm and the show hours are from Noon to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to arrive and depart as they like at this free event.
5th Annual craft beer and oyster festival at the Inn at 835 B&B, featuring 30 brewers from across the country, 150 beers, pub grub and local entertainment. Hours are from Noon to 5pm.
This annual NASCAR Race Fan Rally event is a kickoff event to the NASCAR weekend at the Speedway. Event includes plenty of entertainment on main stage and other locations, food, beer tents, NASCAR drivers, simulators, classic cars, prize and raffle drawings, everything NASCAR related.
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

Free admission, juried, fine art and craft fair. Features 50 artists with original artwork in variety of mediums. Also Kids' Place, kids' art sale on Saturday, demonstrations, music, food vendors. Saturday, 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Join us from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a car cruise-in with great classic cars, food, music, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. The event is co-sponsored by the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club.
Don't miss The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, also known as Expo Chicago 2014. Situated at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall , this four-day art event features over 120 leading international galleries and offers diverse programming.
Enjoy pie baking and pie eating contests, hypnosis/magician, Jr. Karaoke contest, Live Country Music, Live Dixieland Band, All Star Jam Band, Hairbanger's Ball, Basset Waddle parade and more.
2014 Berwyn Oktoberfest features an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be headlined by 1980s sensations Sixteen Candles on Friday Night and rock/pop/indie band 7th Heaven on Saturday Night.
This long-running festival was developed from Abraham Lincoln's early days when he split logs into fence rails to keep animals in their respective farms, and now has developed into a national competition.
In mid-September the Macoupin County Historical Society again offers a festival at the Anderson Mansion. The grounds are filled with vendors and live music, arts and crafts, antique machinery and homemade food and much more.
Springfield Art Association presents one of their longest-running traditions, the Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair. View and purchase hand-crafted art at over 60 artists’ booths, from the Midwest and beyond.
All Pontiac Cars invited and on display! Sponsored by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum & Resource Center. Saturday - Private Collections tour, Museum Tours, Ice Cream Social, live musical entertainment. Sunday - All Pontiac Car Show with expanded Classes.
5th Annual Art & Music Festival consists of exhibition and sale of fine art, live music, food and fun for the entire family. This event takes place in a relaxing and beautifully landscaped park. Call 618-635-2233 for details.
Bring the family out to the Braidwood Cruisin' - free admission for spectators! Enjoy the classic cars, great music from a local DJ, and check out new Giant Elvis at the Polk-a-Dot Drive-In!
"David Bowie Is" at the Museum of Contemporary Art is the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades are brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time.
An interactive, epicurean event showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world. Held in Millennium Park, guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master someliers and winemakers.
Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield’s historic downtown for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment!
Run and look like Bears coaching legend Mike Ditka as thousands of runners and walkers take to Soldier Field for the Ditka Dash 5K. All participants will receive an awesome mustache, aviator sunglasses, and a shirt just like Da Coach used to wear!
Route 66 Swap Meet & Show 'n Shine is the event for racers, rodders, restorers and collectors! There's a wide selection for any automotive enthusiast.
The Chicago International Film Festival, now celebrating its 50th year, is North America's oldest competitive international film festival, showcasing over 175 films from 50 countries. Experience red carpet galas and film premieres to stars and filmmakers in attendance!
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center presents their big annual fundraiser and it is always a beautiful site to see. Brilliant fall colors make the perfect back drop for this family fall festival featuring food, crafts, music and children's activities.
Held annually at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon at Washington Park. Check out the 2014 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns! Also Tree of Lights, spooky music, food vendors & new features.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House ]is a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free.
The Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races are filled with great scenery, not just the Halloween costumes people wear, but the run along Lake Michigan is beautiful as is the view of Downtown Chicago.
Dress in your best Halloween zombie costume and head to Roosevelt Road for the 5th annual Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl. The event will feature zombie make-up, a pub crawl, food and an after-party. Tour stops: 12th Street Rag, Commodore Berry VFW Post, Paparazzi, Friendly Tap and FitzGerald's Nightclub during the pub crawl.
This iconic event is in its 17th year, and is one of Chicago's largest celebrations of ghosts, goblins and costumes of all types! This Halloween party draws thousands of spectators of all ages who line Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison to enjoy the evening's festivities.
Midwest's largest Bluegrass music festival - experience this true original American art form. Features award-winning artists from across the nation. Acoustic instrument workshops, (youth/adult) guitar show, music-related vendors, open stage for bluegrass jams.
Mark your calendar for the 2014 Festival on November 7-8, in the auditorium adjoining the Capital City Bar & Grill in Springfield - a growing venue for independent filmmakers worldwide. Comedy, Drama, Short, Documentary, Student, Experimental, something for everyone.
Chicago’s Perfect 10 allows runners a unique experience to run along the pier for the first and last segments of the race before turning south along the lakefront path to tour the city skyline.
A holiday tradition that features more than 150 decorated trees, local entertainment, delicious gingerbread cookies and tasty treats. The Festival includes a children's craft area, rides on the Candy Cane Express train, and a market filled with holiday gift items.
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2014! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 22 with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping.
A winter wonderland illuminated by the laughter of children and more than one million lights at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. Watch live ice carving then escape Jack Frost with an exotic trip past crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey.
Discover how the Lincolns celebrated the holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home in downtown Springfield. The home will be decorated in period decor for the Christmas holiday season.
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions.
Roosevelt Road will light the way to the holiday season with merriment including live music, food and libations. Berwyn's entertainment row will offer festivities for the whole family. Call 708-788-8100.
Saunter over to Berwyn's Depot District for Deck the Depot, a brisk holiday walk through Berwyn's downtown Winter Wonderland complete with lights, live reindeer and a petting zoo at the Municipal Parking Facility. Let Santa know what's on your wish list and then get a complimentary photo with the Big Man in Red at Bounce Sports. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a hayride (Windsor & Grove Ave.). Relax to the sounds of Carolers.
This is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition in North America. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display.
Annie Leibovitz Pilgrimage
2/7/14 - 8/31/14
Springfield
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
3/4/14 - 11/15/14
Springfield
Wrigley Field's 100th Anniversary Celebration
4/4/14 - 9/28/14
Chicago
Navy Pier Fireworks
5/25/14 - 8/30/14
Chicago
History Comes Alive
6/2/14 - 8/24/14
Springfield
Lincoln's Funeral: Distant Memories & 114th Infantry Regiment Flag Lowering Ceremony
6/3/14 - 8/26/14
Springfield
40th Season of "Concerts On The Hill"
6/5/14 - 8/28/14
Joliet
Chicago SummerDance
6/27/14 - 9/14/14
Chicago
Mercury's Canine Cruise
7/6/14 - 9/28/14
Chicago
Made for Music with Chris Vallillo
8/15/14 - 8/22/14
Springfield
From the Prairie to the Presidency, The Music of Lincoln's Life
8/15/14 - 8/22/14
Open Cockpit Day at Prairie Aviation Museum
8/16/14 - 9/20/14
Bloomington-Normal
Civil War Campfire
8/16/14 - 8/23/14
Springfield
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
8/21/14 - 9/1/14
Chicago
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
8/21/14 - 8/24/14
Chicago
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival
8/22/14 - 8/24/14
Lincoln
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
8/22/14
Springfield
Bruegala Beer Festival
8/22/14 - 8/23/14
Bloomington-Normal
Sweet Corn Blues Festival
8/23/14 - 8/24/14
Bloomington-Normal
Day of the Dozer
8/23/14
Bloomington-Normal
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail - McLean County 2014
8/23/14
Bloomington-Normal
Braidwood Historical Society 3rd Annual Car Show at the Depot
8/23/14
Braidwood
Chicago Triathlon
8/24/14
Chicago
Central States Thresherman's Reunion
8/28/14 - 9/1/14
Pontiac
Chicago Jazz Festival
8/28/14 - 8/31/14
Chicago
Amateur Short Track, AMA All-Star Short Track & Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races
8/29/14 - 8/31/14
Springfield
Hummingbird Festival & Pollination Celebration
8/30/14
McLean
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
8/30/14 - 8/31/14
Springfield
Scheels Super Retriever Dog Jumping Competition
9/5/14 - 9/7/14
Springfield
Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
9/5/14 - 9/6/14
Berwyn
2014 Route 66 6.6K Run/Walk, McLean IL
9/6/14
McLean
Bolingbrook Super Car Saturday
9/6/14
Bolingbrook
Spirits of the Civil War
9/6/14
Springfield
Cruise-In at the Mansion
9/6/14
Bloomington-Normal
SOB Fest/Springfield Oyster & Brew Festival
9/6/14
Springfield
NASCAR Race Fan Rally
9/11/14
Joliet
World Music Festival Chicago
9/11/14 - 9/21/14
Chicago
Art Spectacular at the Carillon
9/13/14 - 9/14/14
Springfield
The Mill on 66 Annual Cruise-In
9/13/14
Lincoln
2014 Expo Chicago at Navy Pier
9/18/14 - 9/21/14
Chicago
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/18/14 - 9/21/14
Dwight
Berwyn's Oktoberfest
9/19/14 - 9/20/14
Berwyn
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/19/14 - 9/21/14
Lincoln
Macoupin County Historical Society Fall Festival
9/20/14 - 9/21/14
Carlinville
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
9/20/14 - 9/21/14
Springfield
GTOAA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
9/20/14 - 9/21/14
Pontiac
Staunton Art and Music Festival
9/20/14 - 9/21/14
Staunton
Braidwood Route 66 Cruisin' 2014
9/20/14
Braidwood
David Bowie Is
9/23/14 - 1/4/15
Chicago
Chicago Gourmet - A Celebration of Food and Wine
9/26/14 - 9/28/14
Chicago
13th Annual International Mother Road Festival
9/26/14 - 9/28/14
Springfield
Ditka Dash
9/27/14
Chicago
Route 66 Swap Meet
10/5/14
Joliet
Chicago International Film Festival
10/9/14 - 10/23/14
Chicago
Indian Summer Festival
10/11/14 - 10/12/14
Springfield
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
10/17/14 - 10/18/14
Springfield
Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
10/18/14 - 10/19/14
Chicago
Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
10/25/14
Chicago
Berwyn Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
10/25/14
Berwyn
North Halsted Halloween Parade
10/31/14
Chicago
28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival
11/7/14 - 11/9/14
Springfield
Route 66 International Film Festival
11/7/14 - 11/8/14
Springfield
Chicago's Perfect 10 Mile & 10K at Navy Pier
11/8/14
Chicago
25th Annual Memorial's Festival of Trees
11/22/14 - 11/30/14
Springfield
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
11/22/14
Chicago
Lincoln Park ZooLights
11/29/14 - 1/5/15
Chicago
Christmas with the Lincolns
12/3/14 - 1/2/15
Springfield
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/5/14
Carlinville
Light the Veltway
12/6/14
Berwyn
Berwyn's Deck the Depot
12/13/14
Berwyn
2015 Chicago Auto Show
2/14/15 - 2/22/15
Chicago
Annie Leibovitz Pilgrimage
2/7/14 - 8/31/14
Springfield
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
3/4/14 - 11/15/14
Springfield
Wrigley Field's 100th Anniversary Celebration
4/4/14 - 9/28/14
Chicago
Navy Pier Fireworks
5/25/14 - 8/30/14
Chicago
History Comes Alive
6/2/14 - 8/24/14
Springfield
Lincoln's Funeral: Distant Memories & 114th Infantry Regiment Flag Lowering Ceremony
6/3/14 - 8/26/14
Springfield
40th Season of "Concerts On The Hill"
6/5/14 - 8/28/14
Joliet
Chicago SummerDance
6/27/14 - 9/14/14
Chicago
Mercury's Canine Cruise
7/6/14 - 9/28/14
Chicago
Made for Music with Chris Vallillo
8/15/14 - 8/22/14
Springfield
From the Prairie to the Presidency, The Music of Lincoln's Life
8/15/14 - 8/22/14
Open Cockpit Day at Prairie Aviation Museum
8/16/14 - 9/20/14
Bloomington-Normal
Civil War Campfire
8/16/14 - 8/23/14
Springfield
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
8/21/14 - 9/1/14
Chicago
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
8/21/14 - 8/24/14
Chicago
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival
8/22/14 - 8/24/14
Lincoln
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
8/22/14
Springfield
Bruegala Beer Festival
8/22/14 - 8/23/14
Bloomington-Normal
Sweet Corn Blues Festival
8/23/14 - 8/24/14
Bloomington-Normal
Day of the Dozer
8/23/14
Bloomington-Normal
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail - McLean County 2014
8/23/14
Bloomington-Normal
Braidwood Historical Society 3rd Annual Car Show at the Depot
8/23/14
Braidwood
Chicago Triathlon
8/24/14
Chicago
Central States Thresherman's Reunion
8/28/14 - 9/1/14
Pontiac
Chicago Jazz Festival
8/28/14 - 8/31/14
Chicago
Amateur Short Track, AMA All-Star Short Track & Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races
8/29/14 - 8/31/14
Springfield
Hummingbird Festival & Pollination Celebration
8/30/14
McLean
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
8/30/14 - 8/31/14
Springfield
Scheels Super Retriever Dog Jumping Competition
9/5/14 - 9/7/14
Springfield
Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
9/5/14 - 9/6/14
Berwyn
2014 Route 66 6.6K Run/Walk, McLean IL
9/6/14
McLean
Bolingbrook Super Car Saturday
9/6/14
Bolingbrook
Spirits of the Civil War
9/6/14
Springfield
Cruise-In at the Mansion
9/6/14
Bloomington-Normal
SOB Fest/Springfield Oyster & Brew Festival
9/6/14
Springfield
NASCAR Race Fan Rally
9/11/14
Joliet
World Music Festival Chicago
9/11/14 - 9/21/14
Chicago
Art Spectacular at the Carillon
9/13/14 - 9/14/14
Springfield
The Mill on 66 Annual Cruise-In
9/13/14
Lincoln
2014 Expo Chicago at Navy Pier
9/18/14 - 9/21/14
Chicago
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/18/14 - 9/21/14
Dwight
Berwyn's Oktoberfest
9/19/14 - 9/20/14
Berwyn
44th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/19/14 - 9/21/14
Lincoln
Macoupin County Historical Society Fall Festival
9/20/14 - 9/21/14
Carlinville
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
9/20/14 - 9/21/14
Springfield
GTOAA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
9/20/14 - 9/21/14
Pontiac
Staunton Art and Music Festival
9/20/14 - 9/21/14
Staunton
Braidwood Route 66 Cruisin' 2014
9/20/14
Braidwood
David Bowie Is
9/23/14 - 1/4/15
Chicago
Chicago Gourmet - A Celebration of Food and Wine
9/26/14 - 9/28/14
Chicago
13th Annual International Mother Road Festival
9/26/14 - 9/28/14
Springfield
Ditka Dash
9/27/14
Chicago
Route 66 Swap Meet
10/5/14
Joliet
Chicago International Film Festival
10/9/14 - 10/23/14
Chicago
Indian Summer Festival
10/11/14 - 10/12/14
Springfield
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
10/17/14 - 10/18/14
Springfield
Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
10/18/14 - 10/19/14
Chicago
Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
10/25/14
Chicago
Berwyn Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
10/25/14
Berwyn
North Halsted Halloween Parade
10/31/14
Chicago
28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival
11/7/14 - 11/9/14
Springfield
Route 66 International Film Festival
11/7/14 - 11/8/14
Springfield
Chicago's Perfect 10 Mile & 10K at Navy Pier
11/8/14
Chicago
25th Annual Memorial's Festival of Trees
11/22/14 - 11/30/14
Springfield
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
11/22/14
Chicago
Lincoln Park ZooLights
11/29/14 - 1/5/15
Chicago
Christmas with the Lincolns
12/3/14 - 1/2/15
Springfield
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/5/14
Carlinville
Light the Veltway
12/6/14
Berwyn
Berwyn's Deck the Depot
12/13/14
Berwyn
2015 Chicago Auto Show
2/14/15 - 2/22/15
Chicago
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LATEST NEWS FROM ROUTE 66
Route 66 Road Trip Lets Oklahoma Students Document Mother Road's Changes
Jun 21, 2013
By: SuperUser Account
KINGMAN - When 19 students and two professors from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., descended on Kingman recently, they were looking for something specific.
Ontario Picks Up the Pieces of Route 66 Rendezvous
Jun 21, 2013
By: SuperUser Account
On Wednesday, the city of Ontario, Calif., confirmed what was reported in April — it will host the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion classic-car show on Sept. 20-22.
Newly-elected 2013 Members of the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame
Jun 20, 2013
By: SuperUser Account
The Route 66 Association of Illinois is proud to announce the newly-elected 2013 members of the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame.