warning: Creating default object from empty value in /mnt/stor13-wc1-ord1/343371/343394/www.il66assoc.org/web/content/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 33.


Volunteer Gilders to Complete Several Community Projects in Pontiac, IL

Thursday, April 14, 2016 (All day) - Monday, April 18, 2016 (All day)

Over the week of April 14 through April 18, a group of volunteers from the Society of Gilders will return to Pontiac. The gilders have set themselves several ambitious projects for their time in town. Their primary project will involve applying gold leaf decoration on the proscenium arch that surrounds the stage at the Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center. The design for the arch was based on photographs of the old Folks’ Opera House in Pontiac. The addition of gold leafing highlights will surely make the stage even more attractive.


Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative Collaboration Workshop

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Rt. 66 Hotel & Conference Center
625 E. St. Joseph Street
Springfield. IL

Click here for complete details of the event.


John Weiss Presentation, "Route 66 Then & Now"

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 1:00pm

On July 11th. our Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, will be giving a Route 66 presentation entitled, "Route 66 Then & Now," that is open to the public, and is FREE. It will be held at the Wilmington Library, located at 201 S Kankakee St, Wilmington, IL 60481.

Space is limited, so reservations are necessary. Call the Library at (815) 476-2834.


Ceremony Comemorating 150th Anniversary of the Passage of the Lincoln Funeral Train

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30pm

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the passage of the Lincoln Funeral Train. The American Civil War had just ended on April 9, 1865. The country was about to begin the task of rebuilding when shock struck the nation as our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated and died on April 15, 1865. On the night of May 2/3, 1865, the funeral train bearing Lincoln’s body from Washington, D.C., to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois, passed through what today are Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.


Midewin Lecture Series - “A Vision of Vibrancy for our National Prairielands”

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

“A Vision of Vibrancy for our National Prairielands”
Louise Phillips, Author and Artist


Midewin Lecture Series - “Storms of the Great Plains”

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

“Storms of the Great Plains”
Danny Neal, Amateur Meteorologist and Storm Chaser

Join Amateur Meteorologist and Storm Chaser Danny Neal as he discusses the ins and outs of Illinois weather, from climatology to extreme events. Danny was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and is a bit of a local celebrity on social media with over 112,000 followers on his Facebook page. Danny will share with you his passion for weather and how he was able to take his immense fear of severe weather as a child (thanks to the historic Plainfield F5 Tornado of 1990) and develop that into a love and appreciation of the beauty and awesomeness of nature. Danny will end with a brief presentation on severe weather preparedness and safety.

Midewin Welcome Center
30239 S. State Route 53


Midewin Lecture Series - “Longhouses on the Prairie: Late Prehistoric Archaeology in the Chicago Region”

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

“Longhouses on the Prairie: Late Prehistoric Archaeology in the Chicago Region”
Madeleine McLeester

The University of Chicago’s Madeleine McLeester explores late prehistoric life on the Eastern Prairies. Focusing on the Chicago Region, she describes her current research on the seasonal settlements of communities and connections with the historical records. Using pollen preserved in sediment for hundreds of years, she will explain how even microscopic artifacts can help archaeologists better understand how late prehistoric people used the prairie in their everyday lives.

Midewin Welcome Center
30239 S. State Route 53
Wilmington, IL 60481

This is part of the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie 2015 lecture series that take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM.


Midewin Lecture Series - “On the Brink of Extinction: Efforts to Save the Blanding’s Turtle”

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

“On the Brink of Extinction: Efforts to Save the Blanding’s Turtle”
Dan Thompson, Ecologist

The Blanding’s Turtle is an endangered species in Illinois and is in need of conservation. Join Ecologist Dan Thompson to learn about a local effort spearheaded by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County nearly 20 years ago to try to recover a species on the brink of extinction. By creating a head-start program for Blanding’s Turtle hatchlings in captivity and releasing them as juveniles, scientists are witnessing some positive results. Through continued collaboration with many local partners and further understanding of how habitat loss and human impacts continue to add additional pressure and threats to populations, scientists hope for success in saving a species.


Elkhart Route 66/Shirley Temple Wayside Exhibit Opening

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:30pm

The Village of Elkhart will officially open their Historic Rt. 66 Statue and Wayside Exhibit at a Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Friday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m. The statue and informational exhibit is located in the lot to the west of Elkhart’s Village Hall and compliments the Village’s ongoing initiative to make Elkhart a special stop for Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway tourists. Following the ribbon cutting, there will be free continuous showings of the movie Little Miss Broadway starring Shirley Temple.

Shirley and exhibit graphics.JPG

Elkhart Historical Society Presents: The Ultimate Betrayal

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Ultimate Betrayal
The Insanity Trial of Mary Lincoln

The second event on November 1 is a unique look at the insanity trial that committed Mary Todd Lincoln to an insane asylum. Actress Pam Brown will again portray Mary Lincoln in The Ultimate Betrayal, in which the former First Lady describes the trial, her incarceration, and how she was finally released due in large part to articles published by the press. Donna Daniels, a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters and a founding member of the Mary Lincoln Coterie, is the author of this presentation.

Pam Brown as Mary Lincoln.jpg

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.