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Rt. 66 Motorheads Bar Grill & Museum World's Largest Route 66 Shield Dedication 8-14-20
Aug 17, 2020
Springfield, Illinois appears to be in the record books, as of Friday August 14, 2020, with the dedication of the World's Largest Route 66 shield at Route 66 Motorheads Bar, Grill & Museum. The facility already has amassed and amazing Route 66 and Springfield-related collection, and the museum complements a busy bar and grill that is housed in a former Stuckey's Restaurant building.
Mother Road Festival Cancelled for 2020
Jun 26, 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and within the guidelines of the Restore Illinois’ Phased Reopening Plan, the Board of Directors for Illinois Route 66 Events, Inc. has announced that the 2020 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival, scheduled for September 25-27, will be cancelled for this year.
Illinois to Reopen Museums, Indoor & Outdoor Activities on Friday June 26
Jun 25, 2020
On Friday, June 26th, many more tourism-related businesses will be allowed to re-open as they follow Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines (please refer to https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/ for the official information).
Homestead Tourist Information Center is back in operation
Jun 16, 2020

One of the State of Illinois Tourist Information Centers (TIC) has now been reopened to the traveling public. These information centers are located on major interstates throughout the state. The first to reopen is Homestead Tourist Information Center located at I-55 Northbound at Hamel, IL. We hope to have more news soon on the other TIC re-openings in Illinois.

Stay 2 Get 1 Leisure Travel Incentive
Jun 10, 2020
Stay 2 nights get 1 night free, leisure travel incentive program developed to attract visitors in an effort to rebuild hospitality and tourism industry in Springfield. The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with select Springfield Hotel & Lodging Association members have come together to offer travelers an incentive to make Springfield their destination of choice this summer for leisure road trips. Knowing the significance and critical role tourism plays in our community, and the customer sentiment to travel by car, stay close to home, and travel to areas that are not densely populated, this incentive is to feature our community as the perfect place for summer travel.
Litchfield Getaway Package
May 28, 2020
Treat yourself! We know that you are antsy to get out of your house, explore, relax, and have some fun. Therefore, the Litchfield Tourism Office put together a safe Litchfield Getaway Package for you. This package is complete with HOTEL DISCOUNTS and OTHER PROMOTIONS! Now you can take a vacation, have some fun, and stay safe! Have a great time when you visit Litchfield, Illinois. Details of the promotion can be found below or at this website: https://visitlitchfield.com/litchfield-getaway-package/
Illinois to Reopen Restaurants, Bars, Retail & Outdoor Activities on Friday May 29th
May 26, 2020
On Friday, May 29th, many tourism-related businesses will be allowed to re-open as they follow Illinois Phase 3 Guidelines (please refer to https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/RestoreILP3.aspx for the official information).
McLean County Museum of History Wins 2020 AASLH Award of Excellence
May 18, 2020
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced that the McLean County Museum of History is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for the Extending Excellence Campaign. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
Coronavirus Resources
Apr 17, 2020

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

McLean County Museum of History Expands Outreach while Shelter in Place Continues
Mar 27, 2020
As the spread of COVID-19 became a reality, following the recommendations of health officials the Museum responded by closing our doors to the public the week of March 14. Since then the staff has been meeting regularly, using the Zoom App, and only essential staff have been working in short shifts on site to ensure facilities are sound and the archives and collections remain safe. The staff continues to communicate with members and community partners concerning event and programming rescheduling and cancellations.
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