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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Wilmington, IL

The newly renovated Launching Pad Drive-In Restaurant is home to the famous Gemini Giant, one of the iconic fiberglass “Muffler Man” sporting a space helmet and holding a rocket ship. The location is a remnant of America’s fascination with space travel in the 1960s with the Gemini Space Missions. The restaurant houses a Route 66 Welcome Center, a Route 66 Americana Museum, and a gift shop full of one-of-a-kind gifts from The Mother Road! Enjoy an authentic Chicago-style hotdog and a slice of freshly baked apple pie or other great food items and get your picture made with the Gemini Giant! This location has been fully restored by new owners, Holly Barker and Tully Garrett; be sure to try the pineapple Dole Whip soft-serve dessert!

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Events & Festivals on Illinois Route 66

Breaking Bread in McLean County

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

Beginning February 9, 2021, the McLean County Museum of History, in partnership with BN Welcoming (a coalition of the Immigration Project, Not In Our Town/Not In Our Schools, and West…

Logan County Fair

Logan County Fairgrounds 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln

The Logan County Fair Association welcomes you to "Illinois' Cleanest and Best County Fair." This year, we are celebrating our 85th Logan County Fair. All of our fair events begin…

Get Your 6.6 on Route 66!

Village of McLean 121 S Hamilton St, McLean

Join Us for Our 8th Annual Run/Walk on Route 66 from Funks Grove to McLean! Registration is now open. Click here to register online. On Saturday, August 28, 2021, CORE…

20th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival

Downtown Springfield #1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL – After a year hiatus, the Route 66 Mother Road Festival is excited to announce the show will go on. The cars, the music, the fun and nostalgia that…

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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!