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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
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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Illinois Route 66
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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
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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Carlinville Route 66 Car Show
Braidwood Historical Society Car Show
Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show
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In mid-September the Macoupin County Historical Society again offers a festival at the Anderson Mansion. Like the Spring Festival, the Mansion grounds are filled with vendors and live music. Arts and Crafts, antique machinery and homemade food are only a few of the things the festival has to offer!
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We hosted our first Christmas Market festival on the town square in December 1990. 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 - all set amid the charm of Carlinville's historic town square and its own special shops
In mid-September the Macoupin County Historical Society again offers a festival at the Anderson Mansion. Like the Spring Festival, the Mansion grounds are filled with vendors and live music. Arts and Crafts, antique machinery and homemade food are only a few of the things the festival has to offer!
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We hosted our first Christmas Market festival on the town square in December 1990. 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 - all set amid the charm of Carlinville's historic town square and its own special shops
Carlinville Route 66 Car Show
7/26/14
Braidwood Historical Society Car Show
8/16/14 - 8/22/14
Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show
9/6/14
Fall Festival
9/13/14 - 9/21/14
Braidwood City Car Show
9/20/14
International Mother Road Festival
9/27/14 - 9/28/14
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/5/14 - 12/7/14
Carlinville Route 66 Car Show
7/26/14
Braidwood Historical Society Car Show
8/16/14 - 8/22/14
Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show
9/6/14
Fall Festival
9/13/14 - 9/21/14
Braidwood City Car Show
9/20/14
International Mother Road Festival
9/27/14 - 9/28/14
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/5/14 - 12/7/14
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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.