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June 2013

A Springtime Family Travelogue in Illinois

Illinois is rich in travel destinations the whole family will love. Here's a travelogue from Association member, Josh Friedrich, who incorporated the Red Carpet Corridor and a good portion of Route 66 in a long weekend road trip with his family.

Thanks as always, Josh, for sharing the Friedrich Family travel adventures!

Day 1


Elgin National Motorcycle Show

Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 10:00am

Elgin National Motorcycle Show: A celebration 100 years in the making in Elgin, IL. One hundred years ago (on July 4th, 1913), Elgin, IL was host to the first nationally sanctioned motorcycle race in the United States. 45 motorcyclists registered for the race, 43 made it to start the race, and 10 tough racers had the equipment, strength and endurance to complete the race.

Dinner Theatre Show Presented by Vermillion Players

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

The Vermillion Players will once again partner with Pontiac Tourism to present an evening of food and fun at the Pontiac Elk’s Lodge (located at 459 Elks Club Rd, Pontiac, IL) on July 9, 2013. The dinner menu will include lasagna, vegetable, garlic bread, coffee or tea and dessert. Doors will open at 6 PM with dinner service beginning at 6:30 PM. The show will start about 7:15 and dessert will be served during the intermission.

The Mother Road Tour with Ed Kozak

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 8:00am

The Mother Road Tour is a chartered bus trip sponsored by the Garfield Ridge Civic League.

Come enjoy a fun-filled day down the most famous road in illinois – Historic U.S. Route 66 from Bloomington to Broadwell. You’ll step back in time and discover the wonderful small towns and uncrowded unique sites that beckon us. Your special tour will be conducted by Ed Kozak, a local resident who is a member of the Clear-Ridge Historical Society, the Route 66 Association of Illinois and the National Route 66 Federation.

The tour will depart from 53rd & Major in Bloomington at 8:00 AM and return at approximately 7:30 PM.

The cost is $40.00 per person. To reserve your spot and for more information, please contact Ed Kozak at 773-585-0624, evenings.

Annual Ride for the Relay

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 8:00am

This is our 8th Annual Ride for the Relay. A group of motorcycles and cars travel from Chicago to Santa Monica each year raising money for the American Cancer Society.

August 24, 2013
8:00 AM
Navy Pier
Call for more information (217) 473-1525.

If you plan on going there will be a Riders meeting at the Double Tree Hotel & Convention Center in Downers Grove, Illinois on August 23, 4pm. Everyone is welcome, you can go part way or all the way, just show your support for helping find a CURE for cancer.

2013 National Jordan Motor Car Tour

Sunday, August 25, 2013 (All day) - Saturday, August 31, 2013 (All day)

The 2013 National Jordan Motor Car Tour will be passing through Springfield and touring Route 66 between August 25 and 31. They'd love to meet up with some roadies!

Contact: Barry and Diana Fohrman
12442 Pritchard Road
Hinckley, IL 60520

Lidice: Remembrances of an Atrocity

By Joseph D. Kubal

Lidice – only citizens of Czech heritage, World War II veterans and history buffs might remember it now; but 71 years ago, the name was on everyone’s lips. On June 10, 1942, Adolf Hitler initiated one of the single most notorious war crimes of the 20th Century – and then deliberately broadcast it to the world, to discourage acts of insurrection against the Nazi regime.

Lidice was a massacre and obliteration of an entire town, right down to knocking all the buildings down, leveling the landscape and even diverting a river that had run through the town, so that all physical evidence that the town had ever existed was destroyed.

Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame Class of 2013

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame recognizes "those people and places along Route 66 whose blend of hardy individualism and grassroots community spirit gave the road such special character."

To qualify for election to the Hall of Fame, nominees must have made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 from 1926 to 1977 while it was an official United States highway in the State of Illinois.

We are extremely proud to present the very special group of honorees we are inducting into our Hall of Fame on June 8th, 2013 at our annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

Click the links below to read stories about these three 2013 Hall of Fame inductees:

Motor Tour 2013 Official Press Release

The Route 66 Association of Illinois is proud to announce the newly-elected 2013 members of the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame.

This year there were 17 nominations for the Hall of Fame Committee to consider for this prestigious honor. Every year nominations are accepted for those people, businesses, and destinations that meet the criteria of having made significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66.

The newest members to be inducted at the Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, June 8th, in Lincoln, Illinois will be: The Palms Grill, Atlanta, George B. Cathcart, Edwardsville, and the Wilbur Fawns, Sr. Family, of Williamsville and Sherman.

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