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'.

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Chatham/Glenarm, IL

The Corvair Museum is located directly on Route 66 just south of Springfield in Glenarm, Illinois (adjacent to Lucky Moon Saloon & just south of Double J Campground). The Museum is operated by the Corvair Preservation Foundation as a tribute to the many varieties of the Chevrolet Corvair built from the first 1960 model to the next to the last Corvair built #5999. The exhibit features cars of each year and varies from time to time as the exhibits are changed out often to give the visitor always a different flavor of this unique air-cooled Chevrolet. Today the exhibit includes features Corvair Race Cars, Prototypes, one of a kind and a vast collection of historical documentation from the development through the entire production run for Corvair automobile and trucks.

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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 objects you can find that we've hidden on the trail! The scavenger hunt will be offered from Saturday, January 9, through Sunday, July 31. Four…

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…

Lovin’ Lexington

Downtown Lexington 329 W Main St, Lexington

Warm up to Valentine's Day with Lovin' Lexington - a free admission afternoon/evening shopping event in downtown Lexington on Februrary 11th. The event is sponsored by Lexington IL Events and…

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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!