Featured Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Member
The original Carl’s site was a Cities Service Station from the 1930’s through the early 1960’s. The building was vacant until the late 1960’s when it became the home of Mr. Softee. Carl Garbe bought and renamed the store Carl’s Ice Cream in 1980. Carl and his wife, Betty, managed it and started making hard ice cream there. It was, and still is, the only ice cream store in Bloomington/Normal that makes its own premium hard ice cream. In March of 2016, “Carl” the 14-foot tall giant arrived at the College Avenue location and has become a favorite photo opp ever since! The Bloomington restaurant is located at 601 West Locust Street.
Events & Festivals on Illinois Route 66
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!