February 2009

Chenoa Pharmacy

Chenoa Pharmacy was built in 1889 and features beautiful original cabinetry. You'll also enjoy the poster-sized original photographs.

Location

Chenoa Pharmacy
209 Green St.
Chenoa 61726
United States
40° 44' 38.1516" N, 88° 43' 14.5092" W

Scrogin Cemetery

This unique cemetery was started in 1850. Althought over the years it had suffered from neglect, it was restored in 1981 to a very nice monument.

Location

Scrogin Cemetery
Corner of Lee St. and Wall St.
Lexington, IL 61753
United States
40° 38' 39.066" N, 88° 47' 17.2032" W

The Country Mansion

What is now the Country Mansion was a home that was built in 1891 as the Scott Boarding House, a part of the world-famous Keeley Institute. Although the building has been changed somewhat throughout the years, the main structure still remains the same. When the Oughton family purchased the boarding house in 1895, it was remodeled to include the woodwork that is still present today.

Today the Country Mansion is an elegant restaurant and banquet hall. It houses the Ohlendorf Bakery, the oldest family-owned business in Dwight. It's easy to find the Country Manor by it's landmark windmill.

Location

The Country Mansion
101 West South St.
Dwight, IL 60420
United States
41° 5' 25.8396" N, 88° 25' 43.7304" W

Keeley Institute/Fox Development Center

The Keeley Institute was originally a treatment facility for alcoholism from 1879-1965.Today it is known for its five beauiful Tiffany-style windows at the top of the grand staircase.

Location

Keeley Institute/Fox Development Center
134 West Main St.
Dwight, IL 60420-1322
United States
41° 5' 36.1572" N, 88° 25' 38.7552" W

1891 Train Depot

Built in 1891, the Dwight Train Depot is one of only a few remaining railroad stations between Chicago and St. Louis featuring the architectural design of the 1890's. Restored in 1984 and still in service today, current passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak. The depot also serves as offices for the Dwight Chamber of Commerce and meeting space for the Dwight Historical Society. The depot was included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

 

 

 

Location

1891 Train Depot
119 W. Main Street
Dwight, IL 60420
United States
41° 5' 37.0968" N, 88° 25' 37.5168" W

Two-Cell Jail

The historic Two-Cell Jail was built in 1906. It was closed in the late 1950's. It remains a popular photo opportunity for visitors.

 

Location

Two-Cell Jail Gardner, IL 60424
United States
41° 11' 9.078" N, 88° 18' 39.0636" W

Polk-a-Dot Drive-In

The Polk-a-Dot is a great place for dessert! This Drive-In opened in 1956 and features a fantastic Route 66 theme. You can also visit with Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Betty Boop and the Blues Brothers!

Location

Polk-a-Dot Drive-In
222 N. Front St.
Braidwood, IL 60408
United States
41° 15' 55.7352" N, 88° 12' 33.2496" W

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

A touching stop for history buffs, the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery honors those who have served and fallen.

Location

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
27034 South Diagonal Road
Elwood, IL 60421
United States
41° 23' 42.18" N, 88° 7' 43.4208" W

Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Is Calling!

While we here at the Route 66 Association of Illinois strive to "preserve, educate, promote and enjoy" the Mother Road, there is another organization that strives to support the towns and business that bring the road alive. That organization is the Red Carpet Corridor. The Corridor runs for a 90 mile stretch along Route 66 from Joliet to Towanda serving up a charming and welcoming slice of Americana.

Red Carpet Corridor

Red Carpet Corridor Festival

Joliet toTowanda

May 2-3, 2009

Click here for details! Be sure to check our Calendar for specific events!

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