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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Edwardsville, IL

For nearly four decades West End Station served as a bustling automobile service station on America’s iconic Route 66 which ran through the heart of Edwardsville. Travelers and locals frequented the station to re-fuel, get an oil change, check their tires, and enjoy a cold soda. In the fall of 2022, the City of Edwardsville purchased the West End Service Station at a public auction to create this Route 66 historic site and visitor center, in conjunction with the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. West End Station is one of Edwardsville’s few remaining Route 66 landmarks and one of the last original Route 66 service stations in nearly sixty miles.

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Events on Illinois Route 66

4th Annual Cars & Guitars on Route 66

Joliet Junior College City Center Parking Lot 235 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, United States

The Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is gonna REV'M UP & ROCK ON during the 4th annual CARS & GUITARS on Route 66! The event is being…

2024 Route 66 Art Trail in Downtown Bloomington

Downtown Bloomington Art Galleries Center-Monroe-Main-Jefferson-Locust Streets, Bloomington, IL, United States

Art Trail continues Saturday, July 27th! Get your art fix on historic Route 66 at 18 participating art studios, galleries, and museums this July! WHO: Anyone of any age interested…

2024 Logan County Fair

Logan County Fairgrounds 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL, United States

The Logan County Fair Association welcomes you to "Illinois' Cleanest and Best County Fair." This year, we are celebrating our 88th Logan County Fair. All of our fair events begin on Sunday, July 28th and continue through Sunday, August 4th, 2024. Please come join us and enjoy our wide variety of events. 2024 Music Night…

Route 66 Motorheads Big Reveal Event

Route 66 Motorheads Bar-Grill-Museum 600 Toronto Rd, Springfield, IL, United States

The moment is growing near...something very big is coming to Motorheads! This is an event not to miss - the reveal of the newest addition to Route 66 Motorheads Bar & Grill, Museum & Entertainment Complex in Springfield. The event will be held Thursday evening, August 1st, from 5pm-8pm, at Motorheads, located at 600 Toronto…

Granite City “It’s Electric” Neon Sign Park Ribbon Cutting & Lighting Ceremony

Granite City "It's Electric" Neon Sign Park 1300 19th St, Granite City, IL, United States

Join the fun in Granite City as they light up the night with Granite City’s Neon Sign Park - “It’s Electric!” Thank you to The District in Granite City (Granite City, IL government), Great Rivers & Routes and Enjoy Illinois (Illinois Office of Tourism) for making this project possible. The event is August 1st from…