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Remembering Lincoln's "Undying Words"
11/22/14 - 12/31/15
Springfield
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
Springfield
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.
With Firmness in the Right
8/3/15 - 11/15/15
Springfield

"With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews", an exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, examines Lincoln’s role in paving the way for acceptance and inclusion of Jews in America.
Sherman Homecoming
8/28/15 - 8/30/15
Sherman

The Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Sherman Homecoming Festival at Rail Pointe Development. Featuring the Route 66 Cruisin Car Show, parade, bags tournament, 5K run/walk, amusement rides, live entertainment and much more.

Lincoln Balloon Festival
8/28/15 - 8/29/15
Lincoln

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.
2015 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/29/15
Berwyn

The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is the area's best and biggest car show born from the rich automotive heritage of Berwyn's Historic Route 66. Berwyn's show takes visitors on a stroll through 500+ vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Highlights include live music, automobile flamethrowing and a cacklefest of dragsters that will thrill spectators!
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
9/3/15 - 9/7/15
Pontiac
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 for the Relay 2015
9/5/15 - 9/16/15
Chicago
The 10th and final chapter of "Ride for the Relay" will leave the Navy Pier in Chicago on September 5 and travel all of Old Route 66 to Santa Monica.  The motorcyclists arrive in Santa Monica on September 16 and hopefully will have raised over $45,000 for the American Cancer Society to help find a Cure for Cancer.
Ride Free Motorcycle and Classic Car Guided Tour
9/11/15 - 9/25/15
Chicago

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!


Atlanta Fall Festival
9/11/15 - 9/12/15
Atlanta
The Atlanta town festival has a parade, carnival rides, car show, pie and cake baking contest and children's activities that provide entertainment for the whole family.
Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln
9/12/15
Lincoln
Saturday, September 12, at the historic Mill in Lincoln, located at 738 S. Washington, there will be a variety of vendors taking part in the last of monthly weekend flea markets during the tourist season, on the second Saturday, April through September, from 8am-4pm. Spaces are still available for $10 dollars for the day.
A Celebration of White House Pets
9/12/15
Springfield
Families will get to show off their pets while learning about the many critters who have lived at the nation’s most prestigious address when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum celebrates “Pets in the White House” on Sept. 12. The free event includes a patriotic-themed pet parade with a prize package worth $125 provided by Scheels and the Lincoln Presidential Library. Visitors can make toys for their cats and dogs, get their faces painted, take a picture in our photo booth and have their pet’s nails trimmed.
Cruise-In at the Mansion
9/12/15
Bloomington-Normal
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. Vehicles of all ages and styles are welcome to join the fifth annual “Cruise-In at the Mansion” fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site. There’s no entry fee for participating vehicles, and the public can get a look at these classic cars for a donation of just $5. Proceeds go to the David Davis Mansion Foundation for programs and services at the historic home.Everyone is welcome to arrive and depart as they like at this free event.
The Mill on 66 9th Annual Cruise-In
9/13/15
Lincoln

Join in the fun from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Sunday, Sept. 13 for the 9th annual 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. Vehicle registration is $5. A fund raiser for The Mill restoration project.
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/17/15 - 9/20/15
Dwight

Dwight's premiere annual event is a great time for the whole family. 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, car show, tractor show and hours of fun!
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/18/15 - 9/20/15
Lincoln

This long-running festival is celebrating 45 years, and 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.
GTO AA Regional All-Pontiac Cruise and Show
9/19/15 - 9/20/15
Pontiac
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.

23rd Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival
9/24/15 - 9/26/15
Pontiac
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!

14th Annual International Mother Road Festival
9/25/15 - 9/27/15
Springfield

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 25-27, 2015 for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment! Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66...the cars, the music, the food, the friends - all brought together along Illinois Route 66.
Poet Laureate of the United States Juan Felipe Herrera to visit presidential library for public reading
10/6/15
Springfield
The nation’s new poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, will bring his unique voice on American identity to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for a free public reading on Oct. 6. Herrera grew up traveling from field to field with his parents, who were migrant farm workers in California. His poems reflects that childhood. He writes in both Spanish and English, sometimes in the same poem. He includes imagery from the landscapes his family traveled, and addresses the struggles of immigrants, the poor, the overlooked.
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