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Giant Lincoln Sculpture Coming to Springfield
5/22/19 - 9/20/20
Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the City of Springfield will host the exhibition of American realist Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture, beginning with a spectacular installation process on May 22. A crane will lift the two figures, Lincoln and his companion, high into the air before they are set in place and affixed on their base Wednesday. This monumental-scale piece is the enlarged version of Johnson’s original work of art commissioned for Gettysburg Plaza in Pennsylvania. The life-scale sculpture stands near the historic Wills House in Gettysburg and depicts President Lincoln gesturing with his famous hat to the bedroom in the Wills House where he finished writing the Gettysburg Address before delivering the speech at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery, Nov. 19, 1863. Beside him stands a “modern man” representing all of us. He holds a gigantic bronze copy of the address in his hands, indicating that these words are as valid to our contemporary life as they were in Lincoln’s time.
Niehaus Cycle Sales 34th Annual Customer Appreciation Days
5/15/20 - 9/1/20
Litchfield

Event postponed to late summer - check website for details. Every year on the weekend after Mother's Day is the large Appreciation Days event, attended by as many as 5000 people from as far away as Canada, and it features the "Show of Lights Ride" through downtown Litchfield. The Celebration lasts until someone wins a New Gold Wing, F6B, Valkyrie, or Pioneer 1000-5D on Sunday.

Route 66 Drive In "The Call of the Wild" & "1917"
5/15/20 - 5/31/20
Route 66 Drive In is open 7 nights a week beginning May 8, 2020! "The Call of the Wild" & "1917" are playing starting Friday, May 15, 2020. Tickets will be pre-sold through the website. The capacity will be at 50% and guest will be required to park in every other spot.
Old Capitol Farmers Market
5/16/20 - 10/31/20
Springfield
The 21st summer season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market starts Saturday, May 16 and takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm through October 31, 2020. Farmers Markets are considered an Essential Service during COVID-19.
Sky View Drive-In "Despicable Me"
5/29/20 - 5/30/20
Litchfield
May 29/30 is Despicable Me at the Skyview! Gates open Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8:30pm.
Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day
6/6/20
Joliet
It's a galactic event of galactic proportions! There will be food, music, games, memorabilia and a parade! Star Wars artists, authors and exhibitors will all be there to celebrate this HUGE event in downtown Joliet!
2nd Annual Route 66 Weekend in Lincoln Illinois
6/12/20 - 6/14/20
Lincoln

Portions of this event have been cancelled (including the Motor Tour & Hall of Fame banquet) or postponed. Details to follow. The 2nd Annual Route 66 Weekend in Lincoln Illinois is June 13-15 this year, and incorporates a number of existing events into a special weekend for all. The Route 66 Garage Sales will be taking place all weekend, including at the VFW headquarters across from Postville Courthouse on Old 66.

2020 Litchfield Pickers Market
6/14/20
Litchfield
The City of Litchfield and the Litchfield Tourism Office is postponing the grand opening of the Litchfield Pickers Market until June 14, 2020. The Litchfield Pickers Market is the largest open air market in the region, specializing in all items prior to 1980. These items include: vintage, antique, collectible, and upcycled items. 
Chicagoland 400
6/21/20
Joliet
Chicagoland’s NASCAR Cup Series race, originally set for June 21 at the 1.5-mile oval, has been reassigned to Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on May 17th, which will be the first live race since the series was halted March 13th by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NHRA Route 66 Nationals
7/9/20 - 7/12/20
Joliet
The world's greatest drag racers light up The World's Premier Drag Racing Facility. See stars like John Force, Jack Beckman, Brittany Force and Steve Torrence take to the track! Please not this is the revised date for this event for 2020!
Litchfield Pickers Market - Updated Schedule
7/12/20 - 10/11/20
Litchfield
The City of Litchfield and the Litchfield Tourism Office is postponing the grand opening of the Litchfield Pickers Market until July 12, 2020. Per the advice of the Federal Government to extend the social distancing guidelines, vendor and public safety is the number one priority at these events. We appreciate the support our patrons have given us throughout the years and we look forward to bringing you an epic market on July 12. Stay well. Keep calm and pick on!
2020 Litchfield Pickers Market
7/12/20
Litchfield
The Litchfield Pickers Market is the largest open air market in the region, specializing in all items prior to 1980. These items include: vintage, antique, collectible, and upcycled items. 
Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 - Cancelled
7/18/20 - 7/19/20
Bloomington-Normal
(Bloomington-Normal) In the interest of the safety of our community, volunteers, partners, and organizers, in light of the continued COVID-19 situation regionally and nationally, it is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors for Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 (LF66) announce the cancellation of the July 18, 2020 annual festival.
2020 Litchfield Pickers Market
8/9/20
Litchfield
The Litchfield Pickers Market is the largest open air market in the region, specializing in all items prior to 1980. These items include: vintage, antique, collectible, and upcycled items. 
2020 Litchfield Pickers Market
8/9/20
Litchfield
The Litchfield Pickers Market is the largest open air market in the region, specializing in all items prior to 1980. These items include: vintage, antique, collectible, and upcycled items. 
D'Arcy Route 66 Classic
8/15/20
Joliet
Route 66 Raceway welcomes the return of the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic on August 15, 2020. While in its ninth year, the event has recently been reimagined and loaded with an unprecedented level of content that will not only pay homage to early drag racing and hot rod culture but will present a quarter-mile blast down memory lane for any historical enthusiast.
50th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/19/20 - 9/20/20
Lincoln

The 50th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will be held Saturday/Sunday September 19 & 20 at locations in Lincoln, Illinois, all of which are located on Historic Route 66 – Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Postville Park, VFW and The Mill Museum. The event is a celebration of the pioneer days that influenced Abraham Lincoln’s early life, including his time as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.

6th Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/15/20 - 10/18/20
Pontiac

Postponed until 2021! The 6th annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference will be held in Pontiac, IL.

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