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40th Annual Corvette Show & GM Parts Swap

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

Hawk Chevrolet Joliet
2001 W Jefferson (Rt 52)
Joliet, IL 60435

Event highlights:

  • Corvettes and vendors from across the USA!
  • Swap Meet featuring vendors specializing in GM parts, tools and automotive accessories
  • Corvettes for sale by owner
  • Live music by Joliet's own Baloney Brothers
  • Workshops: "Corvette Detailing" and "Corvette Matching Numbers - How to Buy a Collectible Corvette"
  • Doughnuts, coffee, soda, burgers and hot dogs available by Godfather's Eatery & Catering

Register your Corvette for the Car Show - Contact Ted (630) 257-7016 | luceef@att.net

Register for the Swap Meet - Contact Frank (815) 922-1196 | frankgarrone@elconic.net

Dwight Happy 90th Birthday Route 66 Party

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway is heading to Dwight, Illinois for the first 90th Birthday Party of Route 66 in the state (Route 66 was "born" in 1926). The party will be held on April 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the beautifully restored Ambler/Becker Texaco
gas station located at 417 West Waupansie Street (Old Route 66) in Dwight, which is located about 90 minutes south of Chicago and 25 minutes north of Pontiac, Illinois. The historic 1933 filling station dispensed fuel for 66 continuous years until 1999. After major restoration work, the building reopened as a Route 66 visitor center in May 2007. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.


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.

Red Carpet Corridor Festival, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, May 8, 2016 (All day)

10th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival

Screenshot_4_8_16__6_42_PM.pngIt is all about family fun on the most famous road in America - Route 66. This year’s Red Carpet Corridor Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, May 8, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the
90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane.

2016 Motor Tour

Friday, June 10, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, June 12, 2016 (All day)

Read details so far here:


Complete details and official registration form coming soon!

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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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.

9th Annual Mill Cruise-In

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

The 9th Annual Mill Cruise-In, hosted by the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club, will be a part of a weekend of activities at the historic original 1929 Route 66 attraction located at 738 S. Washington in Lincoln, Illinois on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2015.

The Cruise-In will be on Sunday September 13th from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, with registration proceeds ($5 per vehicle) to once again go to the Mill for restoration efforts. The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has hosted the event all nine years and has raised over $2500 for the Mill from this annual event. Registration will be the day of the cruise-in as always.

Polk-A-Dot Cruise Night

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

Cruise night featuring The Rt 66 Band live at the Poka Dot in Braidwood, Illinois!

25th Annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 7:00am - 4:00pm

The WeatherTech® Berwyn Rt66 Car Show sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar is taking place Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM along Berwyn’s strip of Route 66 along Ogden Avenue between Oak Park Ave and Ridgeland Avenue.

On August 29, visitors can soak up the classic car culture of Historic Route 66 with a stroll through over 550 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Demonstrations of Automobile Flamethrowing by Roamin’ Chariots Car Club and a Cacklefest with nitro fueled funny cars and dragsters. Don’t try this at home!

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