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 Route 66’s many 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

Staunton, IL

Are you in the mood for some really good times on the Mother Road? If you are you've come to the right place. The place of course is Henry's Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois! Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits ~ Both types exist there. The hopping kind and the VW kind! Henry's Rabbit Ranch celebrates Route 66 and the people along the highway with its emporium of highway and trucking memorabilia that includes a collection of Campbell's "humpin' to please" trailers next to a replica of a vintage gas station. Henry's Rabbit Ranch Station and Visitor's Center looks like a real old classic filling station once found all along Route 66. At Henry's Rabbit Ranch you'll find a wide selection of Route 66 gift and collectible items too. Henry's Rabbit Ranch is a Route 66 Visitor's Center deluxe.

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Events & Festivals on Illinois Route 66

A Christmas Carol Holiday Story Trail

Downtown Pontiac 115 W. Howard, Pontiac

From the curators of Life in the Forties, Life on the Titanic, Music of the Civil War, Nine Days in April, and many other exhibits throughout Central Illinois comes Costumes and Characters of A Christmas Carol – a window exhibit at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum located at 205 N. Mill Street. Ron Selle and Darlene Agner have…

Eagle Eye Scavenger Hunt

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center 25055 W Walnut Ln, Channahon

Eagles can see a distance of almost two miles. In this scavenger hunt, put your eagle eyes and observation skills to the test! Challenge yourself to see how many unnatural…

Full Moon Hike

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center 25055 W Walnut Ln, Channahon

Relish in the radiance of the first full moon of 2021 on this guided hike to enjoy the moonlit trails and cold, crisp January air. This hike will be up…

Where Is Molly Zelko?

Joliet Area Historical Museum 204 N Ottawa St, Joliet

This virtual Museum program explores the 1957 disappearance of newspaper editor Molly Zelko by the leading experts on the case, as documented in the Museum's podcast, "The Spectator: Who Killed…

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

Due to COVID-19, this contest has currently been halted.  Once travel resumes, we will relaunch the monthly contest.  Watch our social media pages for launch announcements!

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!