Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Visit these attractions and towns along Route 66 in Illinois for a nostalgic family fun!

A nostalgic trip through Americana

A nostalgic trip through Americana

Learn about this historic highway and why Route 66 is an American treasure worth preserving.

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Our 2014, "Making Memories" Motor Tour, commemorating our 25th Anniversary, was a fun celebration of the Mother Road, with some new and exciting activities and stops for participants to enjoy. Read and see it here!

Membership

Membership

Please join our association's efforts to preserve, promote, educate and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois.

The Route 66 Association of Illinois

The Route 66 Association of Illinois

Our mission is to preserve, educate, promote and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois

Here are some helpful and informative sources to help you along your Route 66 journey. We've assembled a collection of web sites and information that are sure to add to your knowledge and appreciation of the Mother Road.

Web Links
Historic Maps
Town Along The Road
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View the Day Tripper Archives

Preservation is one of our core missions. With our motto of 'we work for food' our members paint, build, repair, clean, and fight to preserve all that is Route 66.

What is Preservation?
Hall of Fame Inductees
Our Museum
Preservation Projects and Announcements

Association Events

Spring Quarterly Meeting April 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Association Picnic 2015 August 16, 2015 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 18, 2015 - 10:00am

Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, Illinois Honored with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award

Our thanks to Heather Wilkins of the Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Development Office for providing this press release about Hall of Famer, The Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, IL.

The Palms Grill Café in Atlanta, Illinois Honored with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award

Illinois Office of Tourism celebrates restaurants that are authentically Illinois, attracting visitors and locals to state’s diverse communities.

ATLANTA, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT) and the Logan County Tourism Bureau today announced the Palms Grill Cafe located in Atlanta, is a recipient of an “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award, which honors local food establishments around the state that are beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike. Palms Grill Cafe is among a select group of Illinois establishments to receive the unique designation from the tourism bureau. All award winners will receive a certificate from the state and a window cling to inform diners of the state designation.

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The O'Learys Experience Route 66 Nostalgia

Submitted by Jessica and Chad O’Leary

My husband Chad and I are both 32 years old from Milton, WI. We both have a passion for “back in the day." We've often been told we were born in the wrong era. We love all things 50s. As part of that we had planned our one-week vacations the past three years around Route 66. Route 66 travel all started for us three years ago when we did the Red Carpet Corridor. That two days we decided we HAD to drive Route 66.

So three years ago on our one-week vacation, we drove our daily driver car from home to start in Chicago and we made it to Amarillo TX. Year two we drove from home straight to Amarillo to pick up where we left off and then made it all the way to LA. Those two weeks were by far the best vacations we have ever taken!

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Josh and Wendy Friedrich Go to Kingman, Arizona on Route 66

By Josh Friedrich

As each day grew nearer our anticipation nearly overwhelmed our ability to focus on anything else. The day had finally come for us to embark on our greatest hi-way adventure to date. This had been in the works for nearly a year. We unloaded our kids and pets into the capable hands of their grandparents. We were headed to Kingman, Arizona for the International Route 66 Festival. Now let me tell you, this would be the longest road trip (11 days) we have attempted and the longest time away from our young roadies, Charlie & Lizzy. As my license plate states we were ready to "VU 66" and get our kicks! Now during this trip we were forced to take the Interstate for longer periods of time, change plans, take a wrong turn, and not see/stop at must see gems. However, that did not take away from the overall fun, great people, awe inspiring places, and cool things we did do during our journey.
 
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Our first stop was in Collinsville to test out the new tripod and remote on the camera. We thought what better place than the World's Largest Catsup Bottle to do so, especially since it was for sale and who knows what the future holds for it. This would be the first of many selfies for us during our trip. Next we made our way to the Route 66 State Park and its visitor center/museum. I highly suggest visiting it, plus the gift shop is has a great selection of just about everything a souvenir hunter could want. I picked up a hiking stick medallion for a new found hobby of mine.

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“Route 66, My Home Away from Home,” by Chester Henry, for Sale

Hall of Fame Inductee, Chester Henry, (1993) has written a book about his experiences as an Illinois State Patrol officer along Route 66 from 1957-1984. His book, entitled, Route 66, My Home Away from Home, is now available for sale and we are helping spread the word about this unique account of the Mother Road during its heyday.

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Livingston County Historical Society Pictorial History Books for Sale

Livingston County book .jpgThe Livingston County Historical Society has available a limited number of copies of the 2014 edition of the Livingston County Pictorial History book. The books are currently being offered for sale at the P.R.O.U.D. of Illinois Marketplace store, located on the square in Pontiac at 218 North Main Street. The book captures, in text and images, the history of our area. Between the hardback covers there are over 1,400 pictures, including a 16 page section of breathtaking color images. There are special sections on prominent businesses, churches, clubs, and tributes. With 264 pages of vivid history, the 2014 edition includes many images never before seen, most of them supplied by local citizens.

The books would make a great Christmas gift for the history buff in your family. Copies are priced at $49.95. Shipping is available for a small extra charge, so the books may be sent to friends or relatives who have left the area but still have ties to the community. For more information, call the P.R.O.U.D. store at (815) 844-6692.

Yost House Volunteers Honored

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL's Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following information:

Members of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Yost House Museum committee gathered at Bernardi’s Restaurant on Wednesday, October 8th to celebrate the service of some of the volunteers who have contributed greatly to the ongoing success of the Yost House Museum.

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The Yost House is located at 298 West Water Street in Pontiac and was built at the turn of the twentieth century (1898). The Z.F. Yost family was one of Pontiac’s most active families during their time in Pontiac. When the last member of the family passed away in the 1980s, the house, and all of the family’s belongings were given to the City of Pontiac. The Historical Society has, for more than 20 years, overseen the operation and general maintenance of the Queen Anne-styled home. The Yost Museum is one of Pontiac’s most interesting historic homes due to the fact that during its nearly 100-year entire life, it was owned and lived in by a single family. Inside the home visitors will find the furniture, decorations, clothing, silver service, several sets of hand-painted china, and an art collection that was amassed over the nearly 100 years that the Yost family lived there.

Pontiac Installs New Interpretive Statue Along Route 66

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL's Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander for sharing this update on the installation of their new interpretive statue:

Gmail_-_Writey_Tidy.pngOne of Pontiac’s most important Route 66 heritage sites has recently been given an exciting new element. The old Illinois State Police District 6 headquarters, located south of town along Historic Route 66, now has an interpretive statue and a corresponding wayside story panel celebrating the motorcycle patrolmen who served to enforce laws and protect travelers along the Mother Road. The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway coordinated the project, which was funded through grants from the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byway Program and the Illinois Office of Tourism. The iron silhouette of a mounted patrolman is one of nine cut-out statues being added to selected locations along the road in Illinois.

Winter Hall of Fame and Museum Hours Begin November 1

Beginning November 1, 2014, our Hall of Fame and Museum switches to Winter Hours, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.

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We look forward to seeing you and providing a unique, comprehensive and FREE Route 66 experience!

110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

(815) 844-4566

Hall of Famer, Chester Henry, Writes Book About Route 66 Experiences

We are very excited to report that Hall of Famer Chester Henry, retired lieutenant of the Illinois State Police has written a book about his experiences along Route 66 in Illinois, both as a resident and an officer. Mr Henry will be conducting two book signings of his memoir, entitled, “Route 66, My Home Away from Home,” at our Hall of Fame and Museum, 110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL, on October 25 and November 1.

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2014 All-Pontiac Cruise and Car Show Slideshow

Our friend and car-lover Dave Sullivan attended the 2014 All-Pontiac Cruise and Car Show on September 20 -21. Dave was kind enough to send an abundance of photos from this event from the towns of Pontiac and Dwight, IL which we are happy to share here with you.

Happy drooling, car buffs!

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Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.