WHERE THE MOTHER ROAD BEGINS

Since 1926

Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation’s history – and it lives on today in Illinois' many Route 66 roadside attractions, museums, and restaurants – it's the shining ribbon of blacktop we call 'The Mother Road'.

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Featured Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Member

Bloomington/Normal, IL

The original Carl’s site was a Cities Service Station from the 1930’s through the early 1960’s. The building was vacant until the late 1960’s when it became the home of Mr. Softee. Carl Garbe bought and renamed the store Carl’s Ice Cream in 1980. Carl and his wife, Betty, managed it and started making hard ice cream there. It was, and still is, the only ice cream store in Bloomington/Normal that makes its own premium hard ice cream. In March of 2016, “Carl” the 14-foot tall giant arrived at the College Avenue location and has become a favorite photo opp ever since! The Bloomington restaurant is located at 601 West Locust Street.

Learn More...

(309) 454-7732

Visit Our Website

Events & Festivals on Illinois Route 66

Milkshakes for Milkbones

Route 66 Creamery 11 South Old Route 66, Hamel

Route 66 Creamery in Hamel is hosting Milkshakes for Milkbones this Friday, September 17th from 2pm-5pm. Partners for Pets will be on hand with dogs for adoption. These poor babies…

Dwight Harvest Days & Basset Waddle Weekend

Downtown Dwight 417 W. Waupansie, Dwight

Dwight's big weekend is back with Harvest Days 9/17-9/19 and the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue Basset Waddle on 9/18 & 9/19. Harvest Days features a carnival, car shows, tractor events,…

Berwyn’s Oktoberfest

Berwyn's Depot District 3229 Grove Ave, Berwyn

Berwyn's Oktoberfest is the western suburbs' biggest party of the year taking place on Friday, September 17 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm & Saturday, September 18 from Noon to…

Cars & Coffee Corvette Style

Downtown Atlanta 114 SW. Arch St, Atlanta

Coming this weekend!! Cars & Coffee Corvette Style, this Saturday, September 18th from 8-10am. Come and meet the St. Louis Corvette Club! It will be on Arch Street, between Race…

Recently Updated
This page is dedicated to Coronavirus Resources for Illinois and Illinois Route 66 for the travelers and the communities.

MyIL66 will launch on May 1st, watch our Facebook page for details!

Will you be out exploring the Mother Road this year?  Take a selfie or a group photo!  Take a photo at any Illinois Route 66 landmark and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #MyIL66 or submit via email to casey@illinoisroute66.org and be sure to put #MyIL66 in the subject line.

Each month, we will select three photos to be highlighted on our social media outlets, and the photo with the most likes, comments or shares will win an Illinois Route 66 commemorative license plate and an Illinois Route 66 baseball hat!

But it gets even better!  Once per year, we will let voters choose a grand prize winner from the 12 monthly winners.  The photo with the most likes, comments, or shares will win our grand prize: A basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more!