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The Mother Road Begins Here. Now. With You. History isn't just what we read in books. In Illinois, where the Mother Road begins, Route 66 is a living, breathing ribbon through the heartland . And Route 66 enthusiasts like you have played a key role in keeping the memory of Illinois Route 66 alive. But, it's more than just the Mother Road's memory we want to restore. We have an opportunity to return Route 66's true luster with inspired stewardship and development. Become a member of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and help us to preserve and promote the culturally rich, unique and nostalgic tourism and quality of life experiences on this great old road.

There are five levels of membership in the Illinois Route 66 Scenic byway: Individual $25, Family $35, Small Business (under 50 employees) $100, Large Business (over 50 employees) $200, and Community (price based on population). For your convenience, a downloadable/printable document is available online and Individual and Family memberships can also be purchased using our secure online system. For membership questions and/or for Community Memberships please contact us by email at info@illinoisroute66.org.

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INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS

There is so much about Route 66 in Illinois to enjoy. From the original and restored attractions, to the quirky oddities, the recreational activities and the unique shopping experiences, there is plenty of experiences and entertainment for you and your family to enjoy! Your contribution to the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway will help to keep all these components alive and well and ensure that the most famous road in the world stays vibrant and healthy. In short, Illinois Route 66 is the vacation of a lifetime and we are dedicated to making sure it stays that way for generations to come.

Benefits for Individuals and Families:

  1. A window sticker to proudly display your membership
  2. A subscription to the Mother Road Rambler eNewsletter

Annual Membership Dues for Individuals and Families:
Individuals (non-business): $25
Families (non-business): $35

TOURIST-RELATED BUSINESS & ATTRACTION MEMBERSHIPS

Whether your business or attraction is geared specifically for the Route 66 traveler, or just happens to be in a community along the 400+ miles of The Mother Road, you need the benefits of being associated with the most popular destination in the state of Illinois. Route 66 in Illinois generates over $135 million in revenue annually and your business or attraction deserves a piece of the action! Travelers from over 20 countries will visit you as long as you are prominently on their radar screen, and that is where a membership in the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway can really help gain you the exposure that you need. Think out of the box and take advantage of the fact that your business or attraction, whatever it is, is lucky enough to be in one of the 90 Route 66 communities in Illinois! Let the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway give you the tools to stand out in the crowd, which will in turn generate more revenue for you.

Benefits for Businesses and Attractions:
  1. Listing in the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Visitors Guide
  2. Listing on the website
  3. Subscription to the Mother Road Rambler eNewsletter
  4. A steel or aluminum Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Partner sign for display
  5. A window sticker to proudly display your membership
  6. Eligibility to receive an Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Grant ($500 to $1500)
  7. A voice in:
    • How we market Illinois Route 66
    • Content for the website, brochures, and other media
    • The development of themed itineraries and mobile apps
    • What preservation projects to support
    • New projects
  8. Access to our new guide to social media marketing, including tips for a successful Facebook presence and best practices for crowd funding
  9. A friendly voice on the other end of the phone to answer questions or provide guidance when possible

Annual Membership Dues for Businesses and Attractions:
Small Business (Less than 51 employees): $100
Large Business (Over 50 employees): $200

COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP

Is your community one of the 90 Route 66 communities in Illinois? If so, whether your community is small, medium or large in size, bringing tourists to your town via Route 66 will be a tremendous economic benefit. This can take the form of increased retail tax income, gasoline tax income and/or hotel/motel tax income. Your community will also benefit from the exposure of being an integral part of the most popular road on the planet and the most searched for term on the State of Illinois tourism website.

Benefits for Communities and Non-Profit organizations:

  1. Community profile listing on our website
  2. Subscription to the Mother Road Rambler eNewsletter
  3. Steel or aluminum Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Community or Partner sign(s) for display
  4. Eligibility to receive an Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Grant ($500 to $1500)
  5. A voice in:
    • How we market Illinois Route 66
    • Content for the website, brochures, and other media
    • The development of themed itineraries and mobile apps
    • What preservation projects to support
    • New projects
  6. Access to our new guide to social media marketing, including tips for a successful Facebook presence and best practices for crowd funding
  7. A friendly voice on the other end of the phone to answer questions or provide guidance.
  8. Grant & funding support - letters of recommendation, assistance with application for grants.
  9. Access to contacts - Route 66 artists, authors; liaison with other associations.
  10. Access to library of reference materials.
  11. Liaison with local, state & federal agencies including:
    • Illinois Department of Transportation
    • Illinois Office of Tourism
    • Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
    • Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
    • Federal Highway Administration
    • National Park Service
  12. Assistance with program development.

Annual Membership Dues for Communities and Non-Profit Organizations:

  • Nonprofit: $100
  • Population less than 1001: $100
  • Population 1001 – 5000: $200
  • Population 5001 – 10,000: $300
  • Population 10,001 – 15,000: $400
  • Population 15,001 – 50,000: $500
  • Population 50,001 – 75,000: $1,000
  • Population 75,001 – 100,000: $2,000
  • Population 100,001 and over – $3,000
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