Support Illinois Route 66

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Route 66 Heritage Project Fund

The Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project Fund was created for the development of tourism, through education and interpretation, preservation, and promotion of the former US Illinois Route 66 in Illinois. Each renewal sends $25.00 to the Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project/Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.

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Become an Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Member

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Whether your business or attraction is geared specifically for the Route 66 traveler or just happens to be in a community along the 400+ miles of The Mother Road, you need the benefits of being associated with the most popular destination in the state of Illinois. Route 66 in Illinois generates over $135 million in revenue annually, and your business or attraction deserves a piece of the action! Travelers from over 20 countries will visit you as long as you are prominently on their radar screen, and that is where membership in the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway can really help gain you the exposure that you need. Think out of the box and take advantage of the fact that your business or attraction, whatever it is, is lucky enough to be in one of the 90 Route 66 communities in Illinois! Let the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway give you the tools to stand out in the crowd, which will, in turn, generate more revenue for you.

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The economy has changed, and our ability to continue providing this support to the 90 Route 66 communities is being threatened by a lack of funding. Every dollar we receive in the donation is another dollar we can give back to help support these communities and small businesses.

Here are just a few examples of what your dollar can accomplish.

EXPERIENCE HUBS

There are fourteen 9'interpretive kiosks that are installed in critical locations along Route 66 in Illinois. These hubs are a highly visible way to connect the local community stories to the Route 66 story. They serve as the hub of Route 66 information and are the catalyst for experiences in a community.

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WAYSIDE EXHIBITS

There are 31 interpretive exhibits that can be found in 17 communities along Route 66 in Illinois. Each exhibit tells a story about that location and its Route 66 history. Travelers can gain a new understanding of the Mother Road through these panels.

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INTERPRETIVE STATUES

Coming Soon! These thematic statues tell the story of the road in a unique way will be installed in up to 10 sites on Route 66. Sculptural elements gain the attention of travelers and will be used to interpret resources that might otherwise be overlooked. The statues will be installed with additional wayside panels that help visitors to interpret the site.

BIKE RACKS

Coming Soon! These stylish bike racks are a collaborative effort of all seven Byways in Illinois. The racks will be distributed in key locations to allow bike travelers along the Mother Road to secure their transportation while they are visiting Route 66 attractions.

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ILLINOIS ROUTE 66 SCENIC BYWAY PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS PROGRAM

Beginning in December of 2012 the Route 66 Scenic Byway began offering small project program funding to partner attractions and communities to support events, attractions, and projects that help preserve the heritage of Route 66 and promote travel to Illinois Route 66 communities and sites.

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COMMUNITY, EVENT, AND ATTRACTION RESOURCES

The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway has made available support and resources to many Route 66 communities, events, and partner attractions. Team members have participated in the Berwyn Car Show, the International Mother Road Festival, the Red Carpet Corridor Festival, the Carlinville Car Show, and the Edwardsville Route 66 Festival by providing travel literature, maps, and the famous Flashing Sticker. Our signature Car Hoods have become an experience to remember and an opportunity for travelers to leave their mark on Route 66. These car hoods have been on display in Berwyn, Pontiac, Edwardsville, Lincoln, Atlanta, and Henry's Ra66it Ranch.