Remembering Lincoln's "Undying Words"
11/22/14 - 12/31/15
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Chicago History Museum have joined forces for exhibition on Lincoln’s greatest years. Abraham Lincoln uttered some of the most famous words in history. He spoke out against slavery, urged his countrymen to reject war and defended “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end and Lincoln’s death.
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
3/10/15 - 10/31/15
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.
2015 Vendor Markets at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln
4/11/15 - 10/10/15
On the second Saturday, April-October, at the historic Mill in Lincoln, located at 738 S. Washington, there will be a variety of vendors taking part in the first of monthly weekend flea markets during the tourist season, on the second Saturday, April through October, from 8am-5pm. Spaces are still available for $10 to $15 dollars for the day and throughout the season.
Fat Ass 5K & Street Party for Charity
5/8/15 - 5/9/15

The Fat Ass 5K has become a "huge" event in Springfield, and by far the most fun you'll have on a run! Race route includes beer, ice cream, donut and corn dog stations, as well as live entertainment and surprises throughout. You can also take the signature "Fat Ass Detour" straight to the Celtic Mist Pub.

Pontiac Cruise Nights
5/16/15 - 8/15/15
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.
Lenore Weiss Memorial & Standard Oil Gas Station Car Show

On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, there is a very special event in Odell for a very special person, the late Lenore Weiss. John & Lenore Weiss, as a couple, served the Route 66 community for years as preservationists and ambassadors, and John continues to play a vital role in preserving and promoting Route to this day. This great event, which features a car show, will honor Lenore and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Lincoln's Pigs and Swigs
6/5/15 - 6/7/15
Held in Downtown Lincoln, and featuring Up in Smoke KC BBQ competition, live blues music, craft beer tasting, car show, and craft/flea market.
Bloomington Route 66 Cruise-In
The Bloomington Route 66 Cruise-In is held on Old Route 66 in downtown Bloomington. The event entrance is at Market & Center Streets. Features Antique, Classic, New, Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles. Dash plaques will be awarded, plus food and music for the crowd.
2015 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour
6/12/15 - 6/14/15
The 2015 Motor Tour, Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road, is traveling north to south this year and will be starting in Berwyn. The tour will also be making stops during the new Blue Carpet Corridor event. This will be the 26th year for the Route 66 Association of Illinois event.

Inaugural Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/13/15 - 6/14/15
The first-ever Blue Carpet Corridor Festival is Fri-Sun, June 13-14, 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.
Warrior Dash
6/13/15 - 6/14/15
The Warrior Dash is billed as the world's largest running series. The course is held on challenging and rugged terrain, and participants come from all over to compete in feats of courage and strength, like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K.
Auburn Brick Road Festival
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.
Arts in the Park
7/18/15 - 7/19/15
This event at Latham Park in Downtown Lincoln includes the Art of Wine & Brew and a large juried art show. Includes gourmet food trucks, live jazz music, wine, painting and the fine art fair.
Catfish Days
7/23/15 - 7/26/15
Catfish played a large part in initiating the event, Catfish Days, after Forked Creek spilled over its banks and flooded the cellars of a section of Wilmington called, “Catfish Town”. The annual festival dates back to 1976, and features a carnival, live entertainment, flea market/craft show, 5K race, food & drink, catfish dinners and much more!
Pontiac Parks & Recreation’s Park Palooza
Annual celebration of Pontiac's fantastic parks. Cardboard Boat Races, kids games, food, entertainment. Humiston-Riverside Park and other locations.
Logan County Fair
8/2/15 - 8/9/15
Long noted as “Illinois Cleanest and Best County Fair”. Offers horse racing, a midway, 4-H and agricultural displays, a fine arts exhibit, grandstand shows, fair foods and a demolition derby.
Illinois State Fair
8/13/15 - 8/23/15
You get everything you can possibly imagine when you attend the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this August, including top-notch performers at the grandstand shows, including Sammy Hagar, Justin Moore, Rascal Flatts, Hank Williams Jr. and many others!
2nd Annual Get Your 6.6 on Route 66
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! Calling all running, walking, Route 66, and local history enthusiasts - come out Saturday, August 15, when CORE of McLean, holds a 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk to benefit the community of McLean, IL.
1st Route 66 Kiwanis Art Fair in Romeoville features Bob Waldmire Tribute

The inaugural Route 66 Kiwanis Art Fair in Romeoville, Illinois, on Aug. 22 will include a tribute to late Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire, and also will have a musical tribute to singer Nat King Cole, who popularized Bobby Troup’s song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66″. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, and features live music, a children’s tent, food booths and giveaways. Proceeds will fund charities and scholarships for area youth programs.

Lincoln Balloon Festival
8/28/15 - 8/29/15
Enjoy the beautiful hot air balloon launches beginning Friday through Saturday evening, followed by the balloon glow at dusk. Enjoy tethered rides, live music, giant kites, food, carnival, family games and activities.
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