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

Featured Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Member

Springfield, IL

Rev up your mornings with a delicious breakfast, or keep your tank topped off with a variety of traditional pub food, uniquely named on the extensive menu! Burgers, wings, pizzas, or the famous “The Twist” Bavarian jumbo pretzel with Fat Tire beer cheese – whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here, in a fun and friendly atmosphere! Motorheads is the coolest place to bring your family and friends for great food and a unique atmosphere! Every aspect of the bar, restaurant and museum was designed with car and racing enthusiasts in mind. This historic Route 66 stop is home to a variety of motorcycle rallies, car shows, and much more throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, cold drink, live music, or just a nostalgic walk through the past, visit the coolest bar and grill in the Springfield, IL area! View 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…

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!…

State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum 212 N 6th St, Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A special exhibit telling the story of Illinois music opened Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, with stunning artifacts from legends like Miles Davis, Howlin’ Wolf, Cheap Trick and Earth, Wind & Fire. “State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois” explores the state’s impact on musical genres…

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This page is dedicated to Coronavirus Resources for Illinois and Illinois Route 66 for the travelers and the communities.

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!