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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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One Mile
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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.

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Benld, IL
Berwyn, IL
Braidwood, IL
Carlinville, IL
Chain of Rocks Bridge
Chicago
Cicero, IL
Darien, IL
Gillespie, IL
Girard, IL
Joliet, IL
Lexington, IL
Lincoln, IL
Litchfield, IL
McCook, IL
Mt Olive, IL
Nilwood, IL
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Shea's Gas Station Museum
Downtown Springfield, IL
Staunton, IL
Virden, IL
Williamsville, IL
Berwyn Route 66 Car Show 9-6-14
Mill Car Cruise-In Lincoln IL 9/13/14
International Mother Road Festival Springfield IL 9/26-9/28/14
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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
, IL
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.
featured story from the mother road
The Cow in the Corn Sculpture - Lincoln, IL

A collaboration from two Lincoln, Illinois artists has produced a 22’ tall x 25’ wide sculpture located in down town Lincoln on the corner of Pulaski and Sangamon streets. Moses Pinkerton and Jason Hoffman of Logan County Arts erected the large steel sculpture with the help of heavy equipment in a downtown area park on July 20th of 2014. The “66” part of the sculpture was “originally loops there for nostrils”, but the 66 that emerged in the design was “an added kicker in promoting the idea to the city (of Lincoln),” according to Pinkerton.

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Chicago Ghost Tours - Tours by Foot
Chicago International Film Festival
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Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
31st Annual Harvest of Talents
The Mill Vendor Market
Berwyn Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
North Halsted Halloween Parade
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
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
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
Pride of the Prairie Folk Arts Show
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Christmas with the Lincolns
Carlinville Christmas Market
Light the Veltway
Berwyn's Deck the Depot
2015 Chicago Auto Show
Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
Auburn Brick Road Festival
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
David Bowie Is
Pontiac Community Art Center Show
Chicago Ghost Tours - Tours by Foot
Chicago International Film Festival
Chicagoween - Franken Plaza and Monster Bash
Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
31st Annual Harvest of Talents
The Mill Vendor Market
Berwyn Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
North Halsted Halloween Parade
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
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
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
Pride of the Prairie Folk Arts Show
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Christmas with the Lincolns
Carlinville Christmas Market
Light the Veltway
Berwyn's Deck the Depot
2015 Chicago Auto Show
Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
Auburn Brick Road Festival
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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.
"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.
You won't want to miss the Pontiac Community Art Center's next Group Show. Beginning on October 1st and running through October 31st, the show entitled 'Nevermore', is based on the epic poem 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe and will be open to the public. Only one month to catch this dark and mysterious show, with eerie and beautiful pieces submitted by various Art Center vendors - after that, Quoth the Raven..."Nevermore."
The begins as the sun sets through downtown Chicago hearing some of the most gruesome and creepy Chicago stories. First stop is the Congress Hotel, known as the most haunted hotel in Chicago. Walk along the streets that H. H. Holmes, Chicago’s first serial killer wandered as he stalked his prey, get a glimpse of Chicago’s sordid past through stories of the Everleigh Club and the 1900’s Red Light district, and learn about downtown prison breaks. This tour is not for meant for the faint of heart, taking those who seek a good thrill and are interested in the underbelly of Chicago. Reservations are required tours are name-your-own-price, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm through Halloween.
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!
As part of Chicago’s Halloween season, Chicagoween, Daley Plaza is turned into Franken Plaza for this Halloween fest which includes an arts & crafts marketplace, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and giveaways as well as performances by local theatre groups. Also see the fountain turn orange!
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.
The annual Lincoln Christian Church event features freshly made vegetable soup cooked in outdoor kettles, homemade pie & bread, lots of tasty snacks and beverages in outdoor tent booths, and handmade items of all kinds (for pets, gardens, Christmas, home decor, shabby chic, quilted, babies, baked goods, jams/jellies, fresh produce, gift baskets, etc.) are sold 7 a.m. til 1 p.m. or til the exciting live auction begins at 2 p.m.
Stop by The Mill in Lincoln on Saturday, October 25 from 9am-4pm for the final monthly vendor market of the season. Choose from flea market items, crafts, new products, collectibles and much more. Made in the USA Mill t-shirts will also be available. A fundraising event for the restoration of The Mill.
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.
This famous race allows you to view the Chicago skyline as you run in either a 50m or 50k race along Chicago's lakefront paved paths. Run for fun or beat the record that was set in 1984. Show off your 50/50 tech shirt and your medal or belt buckles to all of your friends!
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. The Festival is 6p-1a Friday 11/7 and 10a-1a Saturday 11/8, 5 viewing sessions (1 Friday night, 4 on Saturday, with a reception each night at 10) $10 each or $40 for full fest. Call 217-670-2755 for info.

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.
The Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival in Joliet is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more.
The annual Pride of the Prairie event features a collection of the area's finest artisans and craftsmen. Exhibitors represent the best selection of the quality and design of their work. Start hour holiday shopping early! Call 217-732-8770 for details.
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. 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.
The first-ever Blue Carpet Corridor Festival is Fri-Sun, June 12-14, 2015, featuring 18 towns with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy three days of fun and surprises! Participating communities include Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Benld, Staunton, Livingston, Hamel, Edwwardsville, Glen Carbon, Troy and Collinsville.
Get your PICS on Route 66 at the Auburn Brick Road Festival! Enjoy the Vintage Cars and Period Costumes from 10am-4pm on Saturday. This famous stretch of the road consists of two sections - a 1932 brick road and a 1921 Portland cement road.
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.
"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.
You won't want to miss the Pontiac Community Art Center's next Group Show. Beginning on October 1st and running through October 31st, the show entitled 'Nevermore', is based on the epic poem 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe and will be open to the public. Only one month to catch this dark and mysterious show, with eerie and beautiful pieces submitted by various Art Center vendors - after that, Quoth the Raven..."Nevermore."
The begins as the sun sets through downtown Chicago hearing some of the most gruesome and creepy Chicago stories. First stop is the Congress Hotel, known as the most haunted hotel in Chicago. Walk along the streets that H. H. Holmes, Chicago’s first serial killer wandered as he stalked his prey, get a glimpse of Chicago’s sordid past through stories of the Everleigh Club and the 1900’s Red Light district, and learn about downtown prison breaks. This tour is not for meant for the faint of heart, taking those who seek a good thrill and are interested in the underbelly of Chicago. Reservations are required tours are name-your-own-price, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm through Halloween.
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!
As part of Chicago’s Halloween season, Chicagoween, Daley Plaza is turned into Franken Plaza for this Halloween fest which includes an arts & crafts marketplace, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and giveaways as well as performances by local theatre groups. Also see the fountain turn orange!
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.
The annual Lincoln Christian Church event features freshly made vegetable soup cooked in outdoor kettles, homemade pie & bread, lots of tasty snacks and beverages in outdoor tent booths, and handmade items of all kinds (for pets, gardens, Christmas, home decor, shabby chic, quilted, babies, baked goods, jams/jellies, fresh produce, gift baskets, etc.) are sold 7 a.m. til 1 p.m. or til the exciting live auction begins at 2 p.m.
Stop by The Mill in Lincoln on Saturday, October 25 from 9am-4pm for the final monthly vendor market of the season. Choose from flea market items, crafts, new products, collectibles and much more. Made in the USA Mill t-shirts will also be available. A fundraising event for the restoration of The Mill.
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.
This famous race allows you to view the Chicago skyline as you run in either a 50m or 50k race along Chicago's lakefront paved paths. Run for fun or beat the record that was set in 1984. Show off your 50/50 tech shirt and your medal or belt buckles to all of your friends!
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. The Festival is 6p-1a Friday 11/7 and 10a-1a Saturday 11/8, 5 viewing sessions (1 Friday night, 4 on Saturday, with a reception each night at 10) $10 each or $40 for full fest. Call 217-670-2755 for info.

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.
The Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival in Joliet is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more.
The annual Pride of the Prairie event features a collection of the area's finest artisans and craftsmen. Exhibitors represent the best selection of the quality and design of their work. Start hour holiday shopping early! Call 217-732-8770 for details.
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. 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.
The first-ever Blue Carpet Corridor Festival is Fri-Sun, June 12-14, 2015, featuring 18 towns with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy three days of fun and surprises! Participating communities include Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Benld, Staunton, Livingston, Hamel, Edwwardsville, Glen Carbon, Troy and Collinsville.
Get your PICS on Route 66 at the Auburn Brick Road Festival! Enjoy the Vintage Cars and Period Costumes from 10am-4pm on Saturday. This famous stretch of the road consists of two sections - a 1932 brick road and a 1921 Portland cement road.
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
3/4/14 - 11/15/14
Springfield
David Bowie Is
9/23/14 - 1/4/15
Chicago
Pontiac Community Art Center Show
10/1/14 - 10/31/14
Pontiac
Chicago Ghost Tours - Tours by Foot
10/2/14 - 10/31/14
Chicago
Chicago International Film Festival
10/9/14 - 10/23/14
Chicago
Chicagoween - Franken Plaza and Monster Bash
10/23/14 - 10/26/14
Chicago
Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
10/25/14
Chicago
31st Annual Harvest of Talents
10/25/14
Lincoln
The Mill Vendor Market
10/25/14
Lincoln
Berwyn Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
10/25/14
Berwyn
North Halsted Halloween Parade
10/31/14
Chicago
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
11/1/14
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
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
11/28/14
Joliet
Pride of the Prairie Folk Arts Show
11/29/14
Lincoln
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 - 12/6/14
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
Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/12/15 - 6/14/15
Chatham
Auburn Brick Road Festival
6/13/15
Auburn
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
3/4/14 - 11/15/14
Springfield
David Bowie Is
9/23/14 - 1/4/15
Chicago
Pontiac Community Art Center Show
10/1/14 - 10/31/14
Pontiac
Chicago Ghost Tours - Tours by Foot
10/2/14 - 10/31/14
Chicago
Chicago International Film Festival
10/9/14 - 10/23/14
Chicago
Chicagoween - Franken Plaza and Monster Bash
10/23/14 - 10/26/14
Chicago
Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
10/25/14
Chicago
31st Annual Harvest of Talents
10/25/14
Lincoln
The Mill Vendor Market
10/25/14
Lincoln
Berwyn Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
10/25/14
Berwyn
North Halsted Halloween Parade
10/31/14
Chicago
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
11/1/14
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
Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
11/28/14
Joliet
Pride of the Prairie Folk Arts Show
11/29/14
Lincoln
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 - 12/6/14
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
Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/12/15 - 6/14/15
Chatham
Auburn Brick Road Festival
6/13/15
Auburn
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LATEST NEWS FROM ROUTE 66
Elkhart Rt. 66/Shirley Temple Wayside Exhibit Opening Friday October 24th
Oct 20, 2014
The Village of Elkhart will officially open their Historic Rt. 66 Statue and Wayside Exhibit at a Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Friday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m. The statue and informational exhibit is located in the lot to the west of Elkhart’s Village Hall and compliments the Village’s ongoing initiative to make Elkhart a special stop for Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway tourists. Following the ribbon cutting, there will be free continuous showings of the movie Little Miss Broadway starring Shirley Temple. Child star Shirley Temple was on her way to the premiere of this movie in Springfield when she stopped at Elkhart to eat.

2014 Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame Inductees
Oct 08, 2014

The Route 66 Association of Illinois made three inductees into the Hall of Fame in 2014, and nominations are currently being accepted for next year.