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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Granite City, IL

There isn’t a road as historic or as memorable in the U.S. as Route 66. From Chicago to California, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of driving it at least part of the way, you know of all the photo-worthy attractions, both historic and quirky. Among them is the famous giant tire standing in front of the oldest auto repair shop on the route. For over 90 years, O’Brien Tire & Auto has served as the go-to auto shop on this stretch of Route 66, helping travelers get their vehicles in tip-top shape and pointing them towards the world-famous St. Louis Arch. O’Brien Tire & Auto has an attraction of their own—an 8,000 pound, 12-foot high giant tire! It’s impressive during the day, but truly comes to neon life at night. You really can’t miss an opportunity to add a picture of it to your Route 66 travel album. If you come this way, pop into the garage and see what an old-school family-run garage is like. Take a photo, stay the night (Harvest Host members), or just say HELLO!  Check Out Their Byway Member Account Here!

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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 Bloomington Revitalization Project together creating a supportive environment for immigrants to McLean County), and Design Streak at Illinois State University, will launch a 10-part program…

Exploring the Blues with John Primer & Joliet Area Historical Museum Re-Opening on Weekends

Joliet Area Historical Museum 204 N Ottawa St, Joliet

Join Joliet Area Historical Museum for the Museum Re-Opening this Weekend and tonight for their Free Virtual Program Series as they present; "Exploring the Blues with John Primer". Please note that the Museum will now be opening for weekend visitors (Friday - Sunday 10am to 5pm) beginning on Friday, February 12th. The Museum will remain…

Carlinville Market Days

Downtown Carlinville 112 N. Side Square, Carlinville

In the heart of Macoupin County is Carlinville and in the heart of Carlinville is the square. That's where you'll find Carlinville's Market Days! Come shop all the treasures the first Saturday of every month, April through November. Caravan of vendors offering hundreds of hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind items! Come for the treasures... Stay for the day!…

Plant by Numbers: Simple Plans, Beautiful Spaces for Pollinators

Isle a la Cache Museum 501 E Romeo Rd, Romeoville

This ongoing program at Isle a la Cache Museum runs from Tuesday, April 6, to Sunday, June 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The visitor center is closed Mondays. If you’ve ever wanted to put an attractive, pollinator-friendly garden or landscape in your yard,…

2nd Sunday Throwback Event at Litchfield Skyview Drive-In – Goonies & More!

Litchfield Skyview Drive-In 1500 Old Rte 66 N, Litchfield

Litchfield Skyview Drive-In will Kick off our 2nd Sunday Throwback movie series with Goonies!! This will be a double feature with the new movie, Godzilla VS Kong, playing after! Skyview Drive-In is planning Three special double feature Sunday nights for this season as well as some fun giveaways! So stay tuned, and come see us!…

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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!