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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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Atlanta, IL
Becky's Barn - Auburn, IL
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
Polk-A-Dot Drive-In
, IL
In 1956, Chester "Chet" Fife began taking fast food orders in his school bus painted in rainbow Polk-a-Dots. In 1962, he moved the business into the current building, which today continues to be a popular stop along Route 66. The drive-in has inside booths along with outdoor seating. Fiberglass figures of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop, James Dean, and the Blues Brothers adorn the outside. Travelers are quickly engaged by the light-hearted, fun atmosphere.
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.

Upcoming Events
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
David Bowie Is
Cirque Italia
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
Unity Route 66 Flea & Farmers Market
Tri-County Barnstormers 5K/10K
Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok
Gallery Art Show: “People Watching” by Sue Drummet
28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival
Route 66 International Film Festival
Chicago's Perfect 10 Mile & 10K at Navy Pier
Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash
Craft Beer Tasting at the Museum
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
9th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
Pontiac Cruise Nights
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
Auburn Brick Road Festival
Pontiac Parks & Recreation’s Park Palooza
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
GTO AA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
23rd Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
David Bowie Is
Cirque Italia
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
Unity Route 66 Flea & Farmers Market
Tri-County Barnstormers 5K/10K
Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok
Gallery Art Show: “People Watching” by Sue Drummet
28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival
Route 66 International Film Festival
Chicago's Perfect 10 Mile & 10K at Navy Pier
Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash
Craft Beer Tasting at the Museum
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
9th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
Pontiac Cruise Nights
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
Auburn Brick Road Festival
Pontiac Parks & Recreation’s Park Palooza
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
GTO AA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
23rd Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass 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.

Many people dream of visiting Europe one day, and immersing themselves into its culture. Tomorrow, you will have the chance to experience a traditional event enjoyed in every village, town, and city across the “Old World:” A GENUINE, EUROPEAN TRAVELING CIRCUS WITH A UNIQUE FEATURE NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE IN AMERICA. Cirque Italia has gathered circus performers from around the world for this year’s production. The Cirque Italia owner decided to start a NEW CONCEPT in America with a TRAVELING 35,000 GALLON WATER STAGE!!!

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!
Free Give-Aways all day, Live Entertainment & more! Fun for the kids all day! Toys, Antiques, Crafts, Tools, Electronics, New Clothes, Computers, Appliances, Car Stereos, New Sports Equipment & Apparel, Cell Phones & Accessories, New Golf Equipment, Creative Art, Fresh Farmers Produce, Bikes, Computer Repair, Furniture, Shoes, Purses, Custom Jewelry and Much More! You must see it to believe it!

INAUGURAL BARNSTORMERS 5K/10K XC RACES The 5K/10K Races will be run on the new Cross Country course. No Wheelchairs or strollers are permitted. Dogs are not allowed. TIMES: 9:00am 5K, 9:45am 10K. Phone: (630) 327-1619.
Joliet Area Historical Museum in association with Willey World Community Productions presents Walt Willey in a special edition of this one-man show - Hickok's Time in Illinois. Willey starred recently in an episode about Wild Bill on the "Gunslingers" television program, which featured dialogue from his one-man show.
Beginning November 3, a gallery show titled “People Watching”, by local artist Sue Drummet, will be on display at the Pontiac Community Art Center gallery located at 103 W. Madison St., Pontiac.  Through a variety of art mediums, Sue Drummet, the artist, examines 'people watching' as a source of entertainment and education at various locations and times.  Sue will explain the fun and easy rules when played as a sport.  The exhibit/sale will be open during regular art center hours, 7 days a week, through November 26.  The Public is Welcome.
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.
RaceMaker Productions presents the second annual Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash. The course is closed to all thru traffic, and lined with race fans comprised of families, local businesses, and local organizations. As an added bonus all athletes receive full Litchfield Route 66 SWAG packages, and post race Root Beer Floats in a collectible Litchfield Route 66 Mug!
Joliet Area Historical Museum is the place to be on November 20th, where you'll get a chance to sample over 40 Hand-Crafted & Imported Beers & Ciders! There will be a special guest presenter, music by John Ivan, food and beverages for all, free gifts and prize raffles and tours of the museum. Event is being held in the indoor auditorium and you must be 21 to participate.
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 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for the weekend, making for a great shopping and sight-seeing experience. Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.
Pontiac  Cruise Nights are some the best Cruise Nights in Central Illinois. These cruises are produced by a dedicated group of individuals that work year round. Pontiac Cruise Night is now in its 9th year and has become a major community event that brings everyone downtown to see and watch the cars of yesteryear. Pontiac Cruise Night's are held every 3rd Saturday in May, June, July and August in downtown Pontiac around the square.

Ride Free presents guided motorcycle and classic car tours provides self-guided tours and also guided tours of Route 66. Drive Chicago to LA in a Classic car or Harley Davidson on Route 66 the Mother Road of America. A once in a life time journey and opportunity not many have ever had the chance to do since the 1950’s!


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.
Annual celebration of Pontiac's fantastic parks. Cardboard Boat Races, kids games, food, entertainment. Humiston-Riverside Park and other locations.
The Nation's second oldest gathering of antique and heritage steam and gasoline powered farm equipment, held in Pontiac, IL. Horse shows, tractor pulls, live entertainment, daily parade of power, and lots of things for the kids. This year will feature Minneapolis-Moline manufactured tractors.

Ride Free presents guided motorcycle and classic car tours provides self-guided tours and also guided tours of Route 66. Drive Chicago to LA in a Classic car or Harley Davidson on Route 66 the Mother Road of America. A once in a life time journey and opportunity not many have ever had the chance to do since the 1950’s!


Hosted by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, the Windy City GTO club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center. Saturday: Private Collections Tour, Museum Tours, Cruise, Ice Cream Social, and Live Musical Revue Performance. Sunday: All Pontiac Car Show with expanded classes.

Held each year at Threshermens Park a few miles out of the city, this festival celebrates all things bluegrass. Nationally known entertainers, dancers, and festival food.  Bring your lawn chair, settle in, and enjoy the music!

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.

Many people dream of visiting Europe one day, and immersing themselves into its culture. Tomorrow, you will have the chance to experience a traditional event enjoyed in every village, town, and city across the “Old World:” A GENUINE, EUROPEAN TRAVELING CIRCUS WITH A UNIQUE FEATURE NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE IN AMERICA. Cirque Italia has gathered circus performers from around the world for this year’s production. The Cirque Italia owner decided to start a NEW CONCEPT in America with a TRAVELING 35,000 GALLON WATER STAGE!!!

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!
Free Give-Aways all day, Live Entertainment & more! Fun for the kids all day! Toys, Antiques, Crafts, Tools, Electronics, New Clothes, Computers, Appliances, Car Stereos, New Sports Equipment & Apparel, Cell Phones & Accessories, New Golf Equipment, Creative Art, Fresh Farmers Produce, Bikes, Computer Repair, Furniture, Shoes, Purses, Custom Jewelry and Much More! You must see it to believe it!

INAUGURAL BARNSTORMERS 5K/10K XC RACES The 5K/10K Races will be run on the new Cross Country course. No Wheelchairs or strollers are permitted. Dogs are not allowed. TIMES: 9:00am 5K, 9:45am 10K. Phone: (630) 327-1619.
Joliet Area Historical Museum in association with Willey World Community Productions presents Walt Willey in a special edition of this one-man show - Hickok's Time in Illinois. Willey starred recently in an episode about Wild Bill on the "Gunslingers" television program, which featured dialogue from his one-man show.
Beginning November 3, a gallery show titled “People Watching”, by local artist Sue Drummet, will be on display at the Pontiac Community Art Center gallery located at 103 W. Madison St., Pontiac.  Through a variety of art mediums, Sue Drummet, the artist, examines 'people watching' as a source of entertainment and education at various locations and times.  Sue will explain the fun and easy rules when played as a sport.  The exhibit/sale will be open during regular art center hours, 7 days a week, through November 26.  The Public is Welcome.
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.
RaceMaker Productions presents the second annual Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash. The course is closed to all thru traffic, and lined with race fans comprised of families, local businesses, and local organizations. As an added bonus all athletes receive full Litchfield Route 66 SWAG packages, and post race Root Beer Floats in a collectible Litchfield Route 66 Mug!
Joliet Area Historical Museum is the place to be on November 20th, where you'll get a chance to sample over 40 Hand-Crafted & Imported Beers & Ciders! There will be a special guest presenter, music by John Ivan, food and beverages for all, free gifts and prize raffles and tours of the museum. Event is being held in the indoor auditorium and you must be 21 to participate.
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 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for the weekend, making for a great shopping and sight-seeing experience. Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.
Pontiac  Cruise Nights are some the best Cruise Nights in Central Illinois. These cruises are produced by a dedicated group of individuals that work year round. Pontiac Cruise Night is now in its 9th year and has become a major community event that brings everyone downtown to see and watch the cars of yesteryear. Pontiac Cruise Night's are held every 3rd Saturday in May, June, July and August in downtown Pontiac around the square.

Ride Free presents guided motorcycle and classic car tours provides self-guided tours and also guided tours of Route 66. Drive Chicago to LA in a Classic car or Harley Davidson on Route 66 the Mother Road of America. A once in a life time journey and opportunity not many have ever had the chance to do since the 1950’s!


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.
Annual celebration of Pontiac's fantastic parks. Cardboard Boat Races, kids games, food, entertainment. Humiston-Riverside Park and other locations.
The Nation's second oldest gathering of antique and heritage steam and gasoline powered farm equipment, held in Pontiac, IL. Horse shows, tractor pulls, live entertainment, daily parade of power, and lots of things for the kids. This year will feature Minneapolis-Moline manufactured tractors.

Ride Free presents guided motorcycle and classic car tours provides self-guided tours and also guided tours of Route 66. Drive Chicago to LA in a Classic car or Harley Davidson on Route 66 the Mother Road of America. A once in a life time journey and opportunity not many have ever had the chance to do since the 1950’s!


Hosted by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, the Windy City GTO club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center. Saturday: Private Collections Tour, Museum Tours, Cruise, Ice Cream Social, and Live Musical Revue Performance. Sunday: All Pontiac Car Show with expanded classes.

Held each year at Threshermens Park a few miles out of the city, this festival celebrates all things bluegrass. Nationally known entertainers, dancers, and festival food.  Bring your lawn chair, settle in, and enjoy the music!

Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
3/4/14 - 11/15/14
Springfield
David Bowie Is
9/23/14 - 1/4/15
Chicago
Cirque Italia
10/31/14 - 11/2/14
Joliet
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
11/1/14
Chicago
Unity Route 66 Flea & Farmers Market
11/1/14 - 11/2/14
Joliet
Tri-County Barnstormers 5K/10K
11/2/14
Romeoville
Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok
11/2/14
Joliet
Gallery Art Show: “People Watching” by Sue Drummet
11/3/14 - 11/26/14
Pontiac
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
Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash
11/9/14
Litchfield
Craft Beer Tasting at the Museum
11/20/14
Joliet
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
9th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/2/15 - 5/3/15
Joliet
Pontiac Cruise Nights
5/16/15 - 8/15/15
Pontiac
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
5/22/15 - 6/6/15
Chicago
Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/12/15 - 6/14/15
Chatham
Auburn Brick Road Festival
6/13/15
Auburn
Pontiac Parks & Recreation’s Park Palooza
7/25/15
Pontiac
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
9/3/15 - 9/7/15
Pontiac
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
9/11/15 - 9/25/15
Chicago
GTO AA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
9/19/15 - 9/20/15
Pontiac
23rd Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival
9/24/15 - 9/26/15
Pontiac
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
3/4/14 - 11/15/14
Springfield
David Bowie Is
9/23/14 - 1/4/15
Chicago
Cirque Italia
10/31/14 - 11/2/14
Joliet
15th Annual Chicago Lakefront 50/50
11/1/14
Chicago
Unity Route 66 Flea & Farmers Market
11/1/14 - 11/2/14
Joliet
Tri-County Barnstormers 5K/10K
11/2/14
Romeoville
Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok
11/2/14
Joliet
Gallery Art Show: “People Watching” by Sue Drummet
11/3/14 - 11/26/14
Pontiac
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
Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash
11/9/14
Litchfield
Craft Beer Tasting at the Museum
11/20/14
Joliet
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
9th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/2/15 - 5/3/15
Joliet
Pontiac Cruise Nights
5/16/15 - 8/15/15
Pontiac
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
5/22/15 - 6/6/15
Chicago
Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/12/15 - 6/14/15
Chatham
Auburn Brick Road Festival
6/13/15
Auburn
Pontiac Parks & Recreation’s Park Palooza
7/25/15
Pontiac
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
9/3/15 - 9/7/15
Pontiac
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
9/11/15 - 9/25/15
Chicago
GTO AA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
9/19/15 - 9/20/15
Pontiac
23rd Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival
9/24/15 - 9/26/15
Pontiac
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LATEST NEWS FROM ROUTE 66
Illinois Representatives appointed to National Route 66 Steering Committee
Oct 31, 2014

As a result of the National Route 66 Road Ahead roundtable held in Anaheim, California in November, 2013, a steering committee has been formed to move ahead with the agenda set at the conference. Four Illinois representatives have now been chosen: Bill Kelly, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway; Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell; Bill Thomas, Interim Executive Director of the Lincoln/Logan County Development Partnership; and Jen Hoelzle, deputy director of the Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT).


Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket Honored with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award
Oct 29, 2014

Oak Brook/DuPage County  – The Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT) and DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau announced on 10/22/14 that Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket, located in Willowbrook, is a recipient of an “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award, which honors local food establishments around the state that are beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike.

Dell Rhea’s is among a select group of Illinois establishments to receive the unique designation from the tourism bureau. All award winners will receive a certificate from the state and a window cling to inform diners of the state designation. Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket opened in the summer of 1946 on Historic Illinois Route 66. Because of the amount of traffic and distance from Chicago, the Chicken Basket was the perfect stopping place going to or coming from Chicago.

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.