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'.

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Chenoa, IL

Chenoa is located at the crossroads of historic Route 66 and U.S. Route 24, approximately 110 miles southwest of Chicago and 190 miles northeast of St. Louis. The Town of Chenoa was laid out on 13 May 1856 by Matthew T. Scott. At this time the Chicago and Alton Railroad had been running trains for almost two years, but the survey for the east-west Toledo, Peoria, and Oquawka had not reached McLean County. Scott anticipated the place where the railroads would cross and platted the town which he called Chenoa. Matthew T. Scott was the son of a Kentucky banker and by the time he reached Illinois, was an experienced land developer who led a group of well-financed investors. Chenoa has two Route 66 alignments, and the earliest version ran on North Morehead Street and then shared/paralleled U.S. Route 24 for a few blocks.

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Events & Festivals on Illinois Route 66

Litchfield Pickers Market Launches Seventh Season

Downtown Litchfield 400 North State Street, Litchfield

2022 Litchfield Pickers Market: Every Second Sunday of the Month: May to October (Exact 2022 dates are May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, and October 9)…

Springfield Lucky Horseshoes Baseball

Robin Roberts Stadium 1415 N Grand Ave E., Springfield

While the history of baseball in Springfield dates back to 1925, this iteration of the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes franchise was founded in 2008 as the Springfield Sliders. Following a championship…

Illinois Monarch Project BioBlitz

State of Illinois IL

Ready. Set. Observe! The Illinois Monarch Project invites you to participate in the 2022 “Wings of Dreams” BioBlitz! A friendly competition in observing monarch butterflies and other wildlife throughout Illinois.…

Make Music Normal

Uptown Normal 11 Uptown Circle, Normal

Make Music Normal is an all-ages, free-to-attend festival taking place annually in Uptown Normal. Featuring some of the region’s best musical acts spanning all genres, the festival also focuses on…

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