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2022 Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
May 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival 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 entertainment, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique.
Food, snacks and treats will be in abundance, and there are plenty of historic sites, outstanding free museums and unique mom & pop businesses to help create a nostalgic journey for all to enjoy. Visitors can simply enjoy the drive, or stop and get out of the car to have their picture taken with Elvis, or do a little shopping in any of the great stores along the Mother Road.
Download the Illinois Route 66 mobile app by searching ‘Explore Illinois Route 66’ in the App Store or on Google Play. Click on ‘Passports’ and participate in our mobile challenge. Check in via the mobile app at all 12 locations and you will be entered to win a prize package worth over $250!
MOBILE APP STOPS:
1. Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60432. Phone: 815-723-5201
2. Douglas Street Route 66 Pavement & Workers Roadside Exhibit, E. Mississippi Ave & Douglas St., Elwood, IL 60421. Phone: 815-423-5011
3. Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, 200 N. Water St., Wilmington, IL 60481. Phone: 815-476-5991
4. Braidwood Zoo, 140 N. Front St., Braidwood, IL 60408. Phone: 815-458-3377
5. Illinois Route 66 Mining Museum, 150 Kankakee St., Godley, IL 60407. Phone: 815-458-2222
6. Village of Braceville, 300 S. Mitchell St., Braceville, IL 60407. Phone: 815-237-8655
7. Two Cell Jail, 400 E. Mazon St., Gardner, IL 60424. Phone: 815-237-2592
8. Ambler/Becker Texaco Station, 417 W. Waupansie St., Dwight, IL 60420. Phone: 815-584-3077
9. Standard Oil Gas Station, 400 S. West St., Odell, IL 60460. Phone: 815-998-2133
10. Pontiac Community Art Center, 209 W Madison St., Pontiac, IL 61764. Phone: 815-844-5847
11. Chenoa Pharmacy, 209 Green St., Chenoa, IL 61726. Phone: 815-945-7619
12. City of Lexington, 329 W. Main St., Lexington, IL 61753. Phone: 309-365-3331
Come experience and explore, the Red Carpet Corridor!
The Joliet Area Historical Museum – Free admission all day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum. Discounted “Self Guided Tours” at the Old Joliet Prison. Various car clubs will be visiting and parking cars at the Museum throughout the day. 15% off discounts on all merchandise in Museum and Old Joliet Prison Gift Shops
Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Elwood Village corner of Mississippi Avenue and Doulas St, Historic Information and Welcome Center. Antique Tractors Exhibit. Quaint Downtown Business Center. Douglas Street Wayside Exhibits: featuring Rosie the Riveter, a statue of a munition’s worker, lunchbox in hand, and the original Route 66 pavement. Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. You may pick up a commemorative giveaway at corner of Mississippi Avenue and Douglas St. (while supplies last). More Information contact 815-423-5011.
Visit Chamber tent at north end of downtown vendors 200 N. Water St. Purchase a split the pot raffle ticket and get your giveaway. Flea market 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Hula contest, hound dog contest, dance performance, food , Route 66 Band starting at noon and more. Info contact: 815-476-5991. At nearby Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 9 a.m. to noon: Antique Fire Trucks; Photos with Smokey Bear at 9, 10 and 11. Iron Bridge Trailhead – East side of Hwy 53, 2.5 miles south of Elwood Village Hall. Limited number of commemorative buttons.
Be sure to visit the information booth for the Braidwood give-away, across from the Polk-A-Dot on Rt. 53, at the Rt 66 Zoo, along with vendors. Stop at the Braidwood Museum on Main St. to see exhibits on Route 66 and on coal mining past. Stop at the Polk-A-Dot for the Car Show, photo-ops with Elvis, Superman and others, and experience 1950’s dining. Contact (815) 710-0182.
Visit the Route 66 Mining Museum for the Godley code. For info contact 815-458-2222 or 815-405-1906. Museum open Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday, 9 to noon.
Stop at the Village Hall at the corner of S. Mitchell and 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. For more information call 815-237-8655.
Meet & Greet with the Mayor at Two-Cell Jail where you can get the giveaway and a limited edition postcard. Gardner Lions serving root beer floats by the Diner Car 9-3 and pork chop sandwiches 10 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 Street 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 Street. More info contact: 815.237.2592.
Discover Dwight- 10th Route 66 Smoke Out BBQ Contest downtown Dwight with games and entertainment at local businesses. Dwight PTO Spring Vendor Fair begins at 9 a.m. outside the Grade School. Town-wide garage sales, FFA Plant sale, Opening Day at the Texaco Welcome Center. 815-584-3077.
Historic 1932 Standard Oil Gas Station on Rt. 66,
Historic subway, souvenirs, soda, nostalgia for sale.
Cafe 110 West—815-998-2500; GD’s Saloon—815-998-2556; LOBO’s Tap—815-998-2383
More info: 815-998-2133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8: The Pontiac Art Center hosting its annual Swinging Bridges Fine Arts Festival. The 200 block of West Madison Street and The Eagle Theater will house artists selling handcrafted, fine art pieces. Live music, art demonstrations, entertainment, and food trucks. Museums are open both days 10 a.m. – 4 p.m – Free admission! Giveaway pick up for the Red Carpet Corridor Festival will be at 209 W Madison
Stop in Chenoa, the Crossroads of Opportunity, located at Route 66 and Route 24. The Texaco Star is an original gas station location and Midwest Real Street Machines will be on display. Weave through town and pass the Matthew T. Scott House listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join other runners in the Chenoa 5k Walk/Run at 8:30 a.m. Stop by the fitness center, take a selfie with the public murals on west side of the building, enjoy historic architecture downtown and stop by Chenoa Pharmacy, still maintaining original 1889 floors and cabinetry. Look for the tent near the pharmacy for giveaway.
Activities on Main Street in downtown Lexington. Experience unique restaurants, discover exquisite boutiques, taste craft beer, enjoy live music, selection of vendors, food trucks, family activities and photo opps. Take a drive down Memory Lane, get a picture with the Lexington neon sign, visit Patton Cabin – the oldest building in McLean County and the nationally recognized VanDolah Castle. Giveaway will be available at City Hall.
All state/local social distancing guidelines will be followed including limited capacity inside museums. Please observe mask requirement where posted and social distance.