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14th Annual Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
May 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We’re BACK!!! The Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival welcomes you back to this 90 mile self guided tour between Joliet and Lexington, IL on the most famous two-lane highway.
It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America – Route 66. Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the 80-mile linear museum from Joliet to Lexington, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane.
Each community will produce its own events. From full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales, art sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique.
Join us on May 1st from 8:00am to 5:00pm for some nostalgic fun for the whole family. Each community will produce their own festival while adhering to the State of Illinois and CDC guidelines. Masks will be required at indoor locations. Here’s how to participate in our no-contact commemorative giveaway program. Download the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway app by searching “Explore Illinois Route 66” in the App Store or on Google Play. Once you have the app, check into each of the twelve participating locations with a specific code from that location. Your Commemorative 95th Anniversary postcard will be mailed to you.
Joliet- The Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open 7am – 4pm to visit our gift shop. The Postcard code will be posted at the museum. Limited Capacity inside the museum so take advantage of our curb-side pickup by ordering your souvenirs on our online store at https://jolietmuseum.shopsettings.com/Route-66-c65181017. The Old Joliet Prison will be open from 9am – 4pm for self-guided tours. If you would like to tour the prison, reservations are required. Please visit https://www.jolietmuseum.org/schedule-tour to reserve your spot before you arrive.
Elwood- Saturday 8am-4pm—Elwood Village Hall, 401 E. Mississippi Ave. Historic Information & Welcome Center -Antique Tractor Exhibit. Quaint Downtown Business Center. Douglas Street Wayside Exhibit featuring Rosie the Riveter, a statue of a munition’s worker with lunch box in hand, & original Route 66 pavement, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Craft/Vendor show. Pick up a commemorative giveaway at the Elwood Village Hall. More Info Contact: 815-423-5011.
Wilmington- Visit Chamber tent at north end of downtown vendors for the Wilmington code. Purchase special Chamber Route 66 button to win slit the pot. Flea market 8am. – 4pm., Hula contest, hound dog contest, dance performance, food, Route 66 Band starting at 1pm. and more. Info Contact: 815-476-5991.. At nearby Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, look for new bison calves, two new self guided hikes on Midewin.oncell.com, share nature photos on the iNaturalist app., virtual 25-year Time Capsule groundbreaking at 10am. 815-423-6370.
The Launching Pad is also reopening for 2021 on May 1 – they will be open from 11 AM to 7:30 PM seven days a week.
USDA Forest Service, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie – Hike Route 66 at Midewin NTP! Look for new bison calves. 2 NEW! self-guided hikes on Midewin.Oncell.com (Eliza Steele & Seedbeds). “Lend a hand – care for the land!” In Woodsy Owl’s 50th birthday year, share your “Woodsy Owl & Friends” nature photos on the iNaturalist app: tinyurl.com/2645sx6d. GPS Points: tinyurl.com/j3bfrh2z. VIRTUAL: 25-Year Time Capsule groundbreaking at 10 a.m.; register: SM.FS.Midewin_RSVP@usda.gov or (815) 423-6370.
Braidwood- Be sure to visit the Information booth for the Braidwood code located across from the Polk-A-Dot Drive-In at the Braidwood Zoo. , a memorial to local artist Jack Barker, along with vendors. Stop at the Braidwood Museum on Main St. to see exhibits on coal mining past. Stop by Polka Dot Drive-in for photo-ops with Elvis, Superman and many others and experience 1950’s dining. Contact 815-353-3053.
Godley- Visit the Route 66 Mining Museum to pick up your 2021 commemorative postcard code. More Info Contact 815-458-2222 or 815-405-1906. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to noon.
Braceville- Postcard code can be found at the Village Hall at the corner of S. Mitchell & Rt. 53. Baked goods will be sold by the United Methodist Church, Historical display by Alice Creech, Junk-in-the-Trunk sale in the parking lot, lunch at the Wicked Cricket on Rt. 53. More Info Contact: 815-237-8655.
Gardner- Meet & Greet with the Mayor at Two-Cell Jail where you can get your code and a limited edition postcard. Gardner Lions serving root beer floats in the Diner Car 9am – 3pm. and porkchop sandwiches until gone. Visit the Archives in the Village Hall. Scapegoats Car Show 10-4 Depot Street parking lot, Elvis tribute artist Hugo will perform 11-1. Craft show on Depot St. 9-4, Church of Hope Rock-a-thon at the Gazebo. Touch-A-Truck and giveaways during Open House at J&R’s Towing on Liberty St. Every Buddies Pub & Grub on Depot Street serving the special menu. More info
Dwight- Stop in Dwight at the Ambler/Becker Texaco Station. This was the longest operating gas station on Route 66. Do not miss our Route 66 Smokeout BBQ Contest located in downtown Dwight Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Additionally, in downtown Dwight there is a Frank Lloyd Wright Bank still being used and the Historic depot. Visit our local retail stores while you are downtown. This weekend we will also host our All Town Garage Sales.
Odell- Historic 1932 Standard Oil Gas Station on Route 66, Historic Subway Souvenirs, Route 66 Soda, nostalgia for sale.
Cafe 110 West -815-998-2556,
GD’s Saloon – 815-998-2556
Rentz’s Tap & Dining- 815-998-2383
More info contact: 815-988-2133 or email email@example.com.
Pontiac- Saturday and Sunday, May 1 & 2: The Pontiac Art Center will be hosting their 2nd Swinging Bridges Fine Arts Festival. The 200 block of Madison Street (This is where you will find the Pontiac code) will house the many artists selling their beautiful, handcrafted, fine art pieces. Museums are open both days 10 a.m. – 4 p.m – Free admission!
Chenoa- It’s a must do stop in Chenoa for flea market, food vendors, live music, Cruise in and more. Code will be available at the information booth under the tent.
Lexington- Lexington’s activities will be located on Main Street, downtown Lexington. Live music, family activities, vendors, food, and vintage car/truck display. More Info Contact: 309-365-3331.