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

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City of Hamel

Hamel, IL

First established in 1818, the Village of Hamel, Illinois became an incorporated village on February 24, 1955. Throughout the years, residents have seen the town grow with the addition of businesses and residential development. The current population is 816. Located on Historic Illinois Route 66, just 30 minutes from St. Louis, at the intersection of Interstate 55 and Illinois Route 140, Hamel offers small-town comforts and friendliness along with big-city accessibility.

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Events & Festivals on Illinois Route 66

27th Annual Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Evergreen Memorial Cemetery 302 E Miller St, Bloomington

Bloomington, IL- The McLean County Museum is proud to announce tickets go on sale for this year’s Evergreen Cemetery Walk on Tuesday, August 31. Twenty-seven years ago, the Museum, Evergreen…

13 Nights of Halloween in Atlanta, IL

Downtown Atlanta 114 SW. Arch St, Atlanta

City of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Library & Museum present 13 Nights of Halloween from October 19-31. Every night will be a new event. The downtown will be decorated for…

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda Comunitaria

McLean County Museum of History/Cruisin' with Lincoln 66 Visitors Center 200 N. Main Street, Bloomington

Visit the first floor of the McLean County Museum of History from Saturday, October 23 through Saturday, November 6 to view a community ofrenda in celebration of Día de los…

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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!