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December 2015

Winter 2015

cathie.jpgAs I start my end of the year letter, I am reminded of all the people who have come in and out of my life this year, including hundreds of emails from fans of 66, companies, members, soon-to-be Route 66 roadies... We all have much to be thankful for and so I will start my final 2015 President’s message with a H-U-G-E thank you to the most amazing Route 66 community. I am happy, excited and proud to be part of the fabric of this amazing road!

I am grateful for my Route 66 Association of Illinois Board of Directors and Committee, for the 91 communities along Route 66 in Illinois that take care of their share
road, and for the many groups such as the Red Carpet Corridor and the Blue Carpet Corridor

Barbershop Chorus Presents "Get Your Kicks on Route 66!" Show

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

At their 74th annual performance, Bloomington's Sound of Illinois chorus, 12th best barbershop chorus in the world, presents Get Your Kicks on Route 66! on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. This program of four-part a cappella singing takes the audience from Chicago to L.A. in less than 2 hours.

Two concerts (one at 2:00 PM, one at 7:00 PM) honor the famed Mother Road.

Check the website for ticket prices, and ask about group and veterans rates.

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Breaking Ground for New Hotel in Pontiac, Illinois

Pontiac’s newest hotel has taken the first big step towards its completion, which is expected in 2016. A group of city officials, representatives from the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pontiac Hotel Developers, LLC, Hotel Development Services of Oxford, Ohio, and the hotel’s new management team, Monchino Management LLC of Herrin, IL, conducted the ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, December 2nd at the site of the new hotel near the Interstate 55 interchange.

The new hotel, a Hampton Inn, will offer 79 rooms for guests plus meeting spaces for small groups. The project has been nearly two years in the preparatory stage and is ready to begin the 6 million dollar construction phase of the project. Construction will be fully underway in the spring of 2016.

14th annual Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bicycle Tour

Sunday, June 12, 2016 (All day) - Friday, June 17, 2016 (All day)

The route for the 14th annual Grand Illinois Trail and Parks (GITAP) bicycle tour has been announced by Ride Illinois, a not-for-profit bicycle organization. Host communities for the June 12-17, 2016 event include Coal City, Oglesby, Washington, Bloomington-Normal, and Pontiac.

Read press release about this event.

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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.