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2ND ANNUAL SKY VIEW DRIVE-IN SCAVENGER HUNT
4/5/19 - 9/8/19
Litchfield
Following the very successful first Sky View Scavenger Hunt last year, owners Mindy & Nick Pastrovich and Debbie & Mike Pastrovich are back with treasures and discounts for movies that will be hidden throughout the central to southern portions of Route 66. The Sky View Scavenger Hunt involves finding a limited-edition magnet that will be hidden at famous Route 66 locations. Once found, these magnets are to be turned in at the participating business for a special gift and two free tickets to any movie at the Sky View, including the popular Throwback Series of Sunday movies from April through September.
Life on the Titanic
4/13/19 - 10/31/19
Pontiac

On April 13, 2019, coinciding with the date of the ship's maiden voyage, come visit the opening of a Selle-Agner exhibit, "Life on the Titanic".  Presented to portray the life and times of the ship, its passengers, and the elegant Edwardian Age. The items on display are contemporaries of those that sank on the famed ship as well as items from the rescued ship.

Litchfield Pickers Market
4/14/19 - 10/13/19
Litchfield

The Litchfield Pickers Market will return, for its fifth year, every second Sunday of the month from April to October, with the exact 2019 market dates being: April 14, May 12, June 9, July14, August 11, September 8, and October 13. Mark your calendar NOW and plan to visit downtown Litchfield, Illinois between 9 AM to 3 PM. This year is going to be a great one!

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.
In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II
6/6/19 - 1/12/20
Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – The new exhibit “In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II” opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

 

I Am Rt 66 Exhibit
6/29/19 - 8/31/19
Pontiac

We are excited to welcome a new temporary exhibit to the Pontiac Museum Complex! Opening June 29, "I Am Rt 66" is a project by Jim Livingston and Bob Lile showcasing the people found along Route 66. Participants are asked to answer three questions on a plain white sheet of paper; "I am," "I Regret," and "Before I die" before getting their portrait taken.
Hot air balloons return to historic Lincoln, Illinois -- 26 to be exact!
8/23/19 - 8/26/19
Lincoln
The Lincoln Public Library will be participating also with a book sale, games inside as well as outside, etc. Additionally, The Masonic Lodge will be hosting an all you can eat breakfast Saturday morning!

Elkhart Historical Society Dinner Lecture
8/23/19
Elkhart
The Elkhart Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of Springfield Author Taylor Pensoneau, who will discuss of his new book, “Falling Star” as the dinner lecture topic for Friday, August 23, 2019.  Although it is fiction, he based it on a true situation he experienced when he was the night beat reporter at the St Louis Post-Dispatch in the early 1960s. The plot revolves around the pursuit by investigative reporter Jake Brosky of the elusive Clarissa Monnet- - a still beautiful but fading movie queen who had written a tell-all manuscript.    Attempts to suppress the manuscript by various powerful groups in Illinois as well as a few of the better known organized crime figures complete the cast of this 1950’s story.   
2019 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/24/19
Berwyn

The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is the area's best and biggest car show born from the rich automotive heritage of Berwyn's Historic Route 66. Berwyn's show takes visitors on a stroll through 500+ vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Highlights include live music, automobile flamethrowing and a cacklefest of dragsters that will thrill spectators! Held annually the last Saturday in August.

6th Annual Get Your 6.6 on Route 66! Finish Line at Site of Future “Water Tower Park” Funded by Event
8/24/19
McLean
Something new and exciting this year: Our shirts were designed by an Olympia High School student—Clayton Ford of Atlanta. He won the design contest we coordinated with Olympia art teacher Sandra Pitcher. I’m attaching a mock-up of the design, as well as a selection of photos from last year and our race logo.

Last year we fell just short of our goal of 200 participants (198! So close!), and we’re hoping to surpass that this year. People have told us that they love the opportunity to run or walk on Route 66 and support our efforts to revitalize our small town of McLean.

Sweet Corn Blues Festival
8/24/19 - 8/25/19
Bloomington-Normal
Over 50,000 ears of fresh sweet corn, sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, and flea market vendors await you on the streets of Uptown! Come out and enjoy the fun, food and some of the best circus entertainment around. The festival is held over two days in late August and is a great way to welcome back the students at Illinois State University.

The 2nd Annual Great Joliet Prison Break-In
8/24/19
Joliet
Last year, over 3,500 attended The Great Joliet Prison Break-In.  This year, we're going bigger! The Ides Of March,  Hot Mess, Great Moments in Vinyl and The Nikki Hill Band will all be there!

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the Joliet Area Historical Museum and their efforts to secure, stabilize and showcase the Old Joliet Prison.
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
8/29/19
Pontiac

The annual gathering of steam and early gasoline powered agricultural tractors and implements is held in late-Aug-early-Sept. at Threshermen's Park, located just north of Pontiac on Illinois Route 23. The event will be filled with these powerful machines as well as many other attractions. There is a huge flea market, a number of historic exhibits, live entertainers, the daily "Parade of Power", and of course, the Sunday afternoon parade in downtown Pontiac.


Hummingbird Festival & Pollination Celebration
8/31/19
McLean
Plan to attend our Annual Hummingbird Festival & Pollination Celebration!  Celebrate hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies – the vital pollinators for countless varieties of plant life in Funks Grove.  Enjoy entertainment, education, food, and fun at this FREE event!
Threshermen's Parade
9/1/19
Pontiac
The Pontiac Area Chamber has run the Threshermen’s Parade for more than 55 years. It is always held the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Each year 10,000 to 15,000 people line the streets of downtown Pontiac to watch the parade. Parade favorites include the Pontiac Township High School Marching Band, the South Shore Drill Team, the various Shriner club cars and, of course, the many varieties of tractors!
Roger Shipley’s Route 66 Jet Rally
9/6/19 - 9/8/19
Litchfield
The Litchfield Airport Authority and Roger Shipley’s Route 66 Jets RC Club are again sponsoring a Remote Control (RC) Jet Rally from Friday September 6 through Sunday September 8. There will be approximately 30 contestants and 50 aircraft from all over the United States. There will be scale models of military jets and high performance sport jets.
John Byrne Band (Celtic)
9/6/19
Sherman

Come out and joins us for FUN! FOOD! & ENTERTAINMENT! Concert series: Are you ready for a Celtic Night at Village Park Amphitheater.  Join us for a night with the John Byrne Band with special guest the St. Andrews Pipes & Drums with Dancers on Friday, September 6th from 6pm - 10pm. Fun for all ages. . Entry fee for adults is only $10, 18 and under is $5, 12 and under free ; ice cold coors light products; Pepsi products and food by Hickory River Smokehouse . . An evening you don't want to miss

The Hairbanger's Ball Band w/ Phantom Lordz – A tribute to Metallica
9/13/19
Sherman

Come out and joins us for FUN! FOOD! & ENTERTAINMENT! Concert series: The Hairbanger's Ball Band w/ Phantom Lordz will perform at Village Park Amphitheater Friday, September 13th from 6pm - 10pm. Fun for all ages. . Entry fee for adults is only $10, 18 and under is $5, 12 and under free 

Art Spectacular
9/14/19 - 9/15/19
Springfield
The Mission: It is our mission to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and cast bells. At Art Spectacular this will be done by combining beautiful original artwork by juried artists, in a beautiful park setting, with beautiful music by local musicians and one of the world’s finest carillons – for the sight and sound enjoyment of art lovers in the Central Illinois area.
Dwight Harvest Days
9/19/19 - 9/22/19
Dwight
4 day event with Craft Show, Live Music, Flea Market, competitions, entertainment, food, car show, tractor show, Children's activities and MORE
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