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May 2013

How to Get a Dash Plaque

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Isn't she a beauty? You can get your own dash plaque as a participant of our 2013 "Back to our Routes Motor Tour" rolling along Illinois Route 66 June 7 - 9! It's a really cool memento of your journey with us as we motor along the Mother Road, enjoying a fun-filled weekend with our fellow roadies.

Register for the Motor Tour and get a dash plaque to display and save as a souvenir!

The Mother Road - A Photographic Journey Along Main Street, USA

This sounds like a neat project! Jill Creiglow and her niece are planning a 14-day trip along Route 66 this summer. Jill's a photographer and they're planning to photograph and video their journey, set to begin on August 1, then create a book about their experiences along the road.


They're asking for two things:

Heritage Days 2013 Pie Baking Contest

Saturday, May 25, 2013 (All day)

Check-in 9:00 AM - All pies must be registered by 9:00 AM.

Located at the northeast corner of the historic courthouse lawn by the monument.
Judging will start at 9:30 AM.

Fruit pies only (no dairy products)
Disposable aluminum pie plates must be used.
Judging will be on the following criteria:

  • Flavor
  • Crust
  • Filling
  • Overall Appearance


  • Stephanie DeLong - DeLongs’ Casual Dining
  • Sharon Hansen – Three Roses Bed & Breakfast
  • Molly Rosander - Bernardi’s II

R.I.P. Margaret C. Kraft

We are saddened to report the following news:

Margaret C. ("Peggy") Kraft, 89 of Manteno, formerly of Gardner, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Miller Healthcare Center in Kankakee. She was born October 26, 1923 in Valparaiso, IN the daughter of Charles L. & Grace Cain Leffew. She married Robert L. Kraft in 1971. Margaret and Robert owned and operated the Riviera Restaurant in Gardner for 37 years. They were also members of the Route 66 Hall of Fame.

Your Photo Could Appear in an Enjoy Illinois Ad!

IDOT has launched its "Magnificent Stuff Happens Here" campaign! They invite you to submit your favorite moments in Illinois for a chance to see your photos and videos in an Enjoy Illinois ad later this summer.

Here's how to submit your photos and videos from your visit to your favorite Illinois attractions for consideration:

Twitter: Submit your photos/images/videos to #ILmagstuff

Instagram: #EnjoyIllinois

Pontiac’s Heritage Days/Pre-War Festival

Saturday, May 25, 2013 (All day)

On Saturday, May 25th, the Livingston County Courthouse lawn and the downtown area will be filled with heritage crafters, Civil War re-enactors, and classic, pre-1941 transportation. The annual Pontiac P.R.O.U.D. Heritage Days sponsored by the Floyd A. & Alta I. Byrne Trust and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum’s Pre-War Festival will both take place on that day.

Get Your Kicks on the Rooftop

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 7:00pm - 11:30pm

Get Your Kicks on the Rooftop at the Joliet Area Historical
Museum's Annual Summer Party on the Rooftop.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM

$50.00 per person includes buffet dinner, live entertainment by 1960's tribute band SHiNDiG!, Cash Bar and Raffles.

Summer Casual Attire

Tickets are Limited and will not be sold at the door.

Purchase tickets online at
or call 815.723.5201 ext.221

ANNOUNCING...The Big Announcement!

Hare it is - the big announcement we've promised! We "hop" you've enjoyed our little tease over the past few days.

We teamed up with Rich Henry of our Hall of Fame inductee, Henry's Ra66it Ranch, in Staunton, IL, to help him raise awareness of some new additions to his place. We hope you'll stop by and meet these new fellas on your Route 66 travels - they're "hopping" to greet you!

New Ra66its at the Ranch: Meet Phoenix and Little Red!

by Rich Henry

Our Big Announcement is Coming! Did you Hare That?


How could you not with those big, adorable floppy ears...?

Lucky You! Another Clue to Our Secret!

hopscotch.jpgYou'll want to walk, run, dance, skip or hop along Route 66 to greet the surprise!

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.