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November 2011

International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum


International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum
217 North Mill Street Pontiac, IL 61764
United States
43° 40' 35.6916" N, 87° 56' 26.1888" W

Motorcycle Ride Along Old Route 66

Saturday, June 9, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, June 17, 2012 (All day)

This will be the 18th year for this motorcycle ride down old RT-66.

The ride starts on the June 9, 2012 at La Quinta Inn in Willow Brook, Illinois. The ride will go to Chicago to catch the beginning of RT-66 and follow RT-66 to Santa Monica, CA.

The ride ends June 17th in Santa Monica, CA where there will be a breakfast and awards.

The ride will follow a lot of the old RT-66 and will include riding across the Mississippi River on the Chain of Rocks Bridge, the Ozark Trail, dinner ride to the ghost town of Chloride, Arizona, Original Red Brick Pavement Road, the Ghost Town of Oatman for breakfast.

All bikes welcome.

You must register:

Ride of a lifetime!

Community Art Center Opens in Downtown Pontiac

Thanks to Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac, IL Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share:

Pontiac Art Center.jpgA collective comprised of Pontiac artists has opened a new store in downtown Pontiac starting this holiday season. The Community Art Center is located at 101 West Madison Street in the building formerly occupied by How Sweet It Is. They will be open Monday through Thursdays from 10 AM to 6 PM, on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Sundays 12 to 4.

The genesis of the The Art Center came from a group of Walldogs and about a dozen local artists who wanted to offer their artworks to the public. The center provides studio space and a retail outlet for the works of many types. Currently on sale for the holiday gift-giving season are works of art including: paintings, ceramics, ink drawings, sculpture, textile works, and jewelry.

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Attention Illinois Route 66 Towns, Attractions and Business Members!

We'd love to do for you what we've done for Business Member, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast, in Pontiac, IL! We created a slideshow from photos of the establishment and added them to their listing in our Business Member Directory!

Check out the slideshow here!

All we need is your photos and we'll gladly augment your listing in living color! Let us help you promote your town, attraction or business - all it will cost is your time to point and shoot!

Please submit your photos to Editor Gina via email at

Livingston County Historical Society Holiday Dinner

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pontiac, IL Elk's Lodge
6:00 PM

Click for complete information and registration.

Livingston County Historical Society Holiday Dinner

We thank Pontiac Tourism for providing this registration form for the Livingston County Historical Society Holiday Dinner on December 1, 2011, which is open to the public.

Click to view and print information about the Livingston County Historical Society Holiday Dinner.

Motor Tour 2012 - Save the Date!

The preliminary information about Motor Tour 2012 is in!

Motor Tour 2012
June 8, 9,10, 2012

Tour starts South this year in Edwardsville, IL
We will cross the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge at 8:15 on Saturday morning, June 9.

Featuring a BIG SECRET to be revealed on Sunday, June 10!

Stay tuned here on the website and on our Facebook page for Motor Tour details as they are finalized!

For information about the Motor Tour (and anything else Route 66 related) contact:

Marty Blitstein


Jerry Law

Wondering what a Motor Tour is? Click to read, So What Is a Motor Tour Anyway?

Holiday Sale in Our Online Gift Shop!

Snowman w/ giftIt's that time of year when we're looking for meaningful gifts family and friends!

You need look no further for the Route 66 enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list!

We have a unique selection of Route 66 items from which to choose! Shop with us, get great gifts and support our Association - everyone wins!

Click to visit our Gift Shop!


What are the holidays without an unbeatable deal?

Waldmire Collector Prints on sale and free shipping!

Our collection of Bob Waldmire Collector Prints are on sale for $7.00 each (reg. $10.00). Whether you purchase them individually or the entire set of 10 - your shipping is FREE!

This sale ends 12/31/11.

Deadline Extended for The 66 News Submissions

Thanks to "The 66 News" Newsletter co-editor Kathy Miller for submitting the following important announcement:

We have extended the deadline for submission into the Winter 2011/12 edition of "The 66 News" to Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Vermillion Players Performance, Pontiac, IL

Friday, November 25, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, November 27, 2011 (All day)

The Vermillion Players, Pontiac Dancenter, and Pontiac Tourism have released additional information about the three dinner theatre performances schedule for November 25, 26, and 27. Each day will see a unique performance built around a specific musical theme.

On Friday, November 25th, the show will feature some of the great music from the motion pictures. Song and dance will bring to life such hits as Chim Chim Cheree (Mary Poppins), Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffanys), Talk to the Animals (Doctor Doolittle), and Three Coins in the Fountain from the movie of the same name. Dinner for Friday night will be roast pork with apple chutney, new roasted potatoes, green beans and salad.

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

Here's How!

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.