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August 2016

Walldogs Mural Festival

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm

All are welcome to gather on the McLean, Illinois village square the evening of Friday, August 19, for festivities that will include:

  • Scrumptious eats for purchase from King Biscuit BBQ (to benefit the Mt. Hope–Funks Grove FPD) and the Dixie Restaurant (5 to 8 pm)
  • Beer and wine for purchase from the Lake Road Inn (5 to 10 pm)
  • Great live classic and current rock and country music by Last Minute Fire (7
  • to 10 pm).
  • Bags games from Evergreen FS

And, a firsthand look as artists create our exciting new mural, featuring a vintage Route 66 theme and honoring local legend, Shorty Ruble, and his long- standing barbershop

"Selfies on 66" Grand Prize Winner Announced

For the last year, the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway has encouraged travelers to share their Selfie photos along Illinois Route 66, and each month our social media followers have voted for their favorite, and will continue to do so. The monthly photo with the most likes/comments/shares won an Illinois Route 66 commemorative license plate and baseball hat. Once per year, the Byway lets voters choose from the 12 monthly winners, and the photo that gets the most likes/comments/shares wins the grand prize: a basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more! This year, our very first grand prize winner is Lenny Scinto from the Chicagoland area (see attached winning selfie taken in Pontiac, IL). Congratulations!

"Egg Force One" at Steak 'n Egger, McCook, IL

Photo op along Route 66! Come see Terry Carr's ultralight, "Egg Force One," at new Hall of Fame member location, 8408 West Joliet Road, McCook, IL, present home of the Steak n' Egger.

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The 66 News Submissions Due

Monday, August 15, 2016 (All day)

Summer_2016_cover__page_1_of_3_.pngIt has been decided by the board of the Route 66 Association of Illinois that only current members are eligible to have their submitted content published in our quarterly, members-only newsletter, The 66 News.

Submit your stories and/or photos to Editor Gina:

The website will still publish content published by anyone with news, stories or events pertaining to Route 66.

Workday: Painting the Bunyon Giant

Saturday – August 27th (rain date 28th) 10:00 AM

Tall Paul.jpgIt’s time to give the big guy in Atlanta, IL. a fresh coat of paint. The last time we did it was six years ago. Tens of thousands of tourists from around the world have their picture taken with Tall Paul. As a result it’s important that this preservation project of ours always looks good, it represents what we are all about.

Reminder, we work for food so there will be a feast of, what else, Hot Dogs. The statue was originally located at Bunyons restaurant in the Cicero/Berwyn area on Route 66. We hope to have some of the Stephens family members attend and help rededicate this iconic member of their family.

Come join the fun and be part of history!

Please call me, John Weiss, to let me know if you will be attending (815) 458-6616.

Strevell House Project Enters New Phase

Under the direction of Collins Miller and former U.S. Congressman Tom Ewing, work on the historic Strevell house has reached a new stage. The Strevell house, located on Livingston Street in Pontiac, Illinois, is the last remaining structure in Livingston County known to have welcomed Abraham Lincoln. The ongoing project to restore this historic structure is under the aegis of the Livingston County Historical Society.

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Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show

The WeatherTech® Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar

Saturday, August 27
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Taking place along Berwyn’s strip of Route 66 along Ogden Ave between Oak Park Ave and Ridgeland Ave.

The 26th Annual WeatherTech® Berwyn Rt66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar will be held on Ogden Avenue in Berwyn. Berwyn has always been a great Route 66 town with a thriving, dynamic and fast-growing community at its heart. The Route 66 Car Show is the area’s best and biggest car show, attracting more than 30,000 visitors.

Berwyn Rt 66 Car Show

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 7:00am - 4:00pm

Soak up the classic car culture of Historic Route 66 with a stroll through over 550 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. The event hosts a parade to the World War I Memorial and a presentation by the Color Guard during the National Anthem.

Click for complete event details.

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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.