Atlanta, IL

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Atlanta has a rich Route 66 history. The downtown area has experienced a resurgence in Route 66 enthusiasm, with the restoration of the Palms Grill Cafe and the relocation of the Bunyon's Statue to the downtown from its original location in Cicero. There are many shopping opportunities as well in the historic downtown district.

Abraham Lincoln frequently visited close friends in Atlanta, while riding the 8th Judicial Circuit as a young prairie lawyer. Atlanta was one of the first in the state to establish a Wide Awake Group – well known for its support for Lincoln in his bid to become President. The Atlanta History Museum, along with Looking for Lincoln exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s connections to the city.