21st Mother Road Ride Rally

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 (All day)

12 days of the best Route 66 adventure you can have!

This is our 21st motorcycle ride down old Route 66. The ride starts on the 10th June 2015 at La Quinta Inn in Willow Brook, Illinois. The ride will follow Route 66 to Santa Monica, California.

The ride ends June 21st in Santa Monica, Calif. We have an awards dinner in California. The ride will follow a lot of the old Route 66 and will include riding across the Mississippi river on the Chain of Rocks Bridge and the Ozark Trail. Original red brick pavement road, the ghost town of Oatman for breakfast.

All bikes welcome. Registration is required.

web site. The menu on the left side top of page this will answer most questions and give you a look of what the Rally is about.

Association Picnic 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

picnic sign.jpgAll are cordially invited to attend our annual Association picnic.

It will again be held at Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk's Grove, IL
4532 N 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61254 (right off Route 66)

Map to this location


  • Our picnic is free of charge; the Association provides all food and soft drinks.
  • Feel free to bring a dish to share if you'd like.

Mount Olive Sesquicentennial Celebration

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, June 21, 2015 (All day)

Mount Olive will be holding a sesquicentennial celebration June 17-21, 2015.

This event will include:

  • Mother Jones monument being 100% renovated
  • A new Mother Jones museum being opened
  • 5 days of activities
  • Live music
  • Historical reenactment

Final 2014 Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

The final 2014 Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL, will take place this Saturday, October 25th!

On Saturday 10/25, there will be a variety of vendors taking part in the final of monthly weekend flea markets of 2014 from 9am-4pm. Spaces are still available for $10 to $15 dollars a day for the October market. Call 217-735-0294 or 217-671-3790. Limited Edition Made in the USA Mill T-shirts will be on sale!


Little Witches Night Out at Gji's

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Thanks to the Joliet City Center Partnership for bringing this event to our attention!


The Haunted Museum at the Joliet Area Historical Museum

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

At the Joliet Area Historical Museum

Friday, October 24th from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
A Family-friendly spooky event that provides fun and entertainment for the entire family at the Joliet Area Historical Museum

The Joliet Area Historical Museum is hosting its annual HAUNTED MUSEUM on Friday, October 24th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.


The spooky evening will provide tons of family-friendly entertainment including; Scary Story Telling, Men In Black D.J.’s, Monster Mash Dance Party, Pumpkin Decorating, Costume Contest, Goody Bags for the kids and MORE!

Holiday Gala, Parke Hotel, Bloomington, IL

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 6:00pm - Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 12:00am

Eddie Ray and Sweet Pea of Wagon Load A Trouble have provided the following information about this event:

We're very excited to let you know about a Holiday Gala on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM at the Parke Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois. The cost is $50 per seat, or $375 for a table of 8. The event will benefit United Way of McLean County. Here are more details:

  • Gourmet dinner buffet at 7:00 with classical quartet
  • Cash bar: Holiday Cocktails
  • Live music from Wagon Load A Trouble from 8 – 11 pm
  • Hardwood floor for dancing
  • Live auction

For tickets, call (309) 662-4300 or Purchase Tickets Online.

Wild Bill Production at the Joliet Area Historical Museum

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Joliet Area Historical Museum in association with WilleyWorld Community Productions presents:Walt Willey's Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok.


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Actor Walt Willey brings his Special One-Man show focusing on Wild Bill Hickock's time in Illinois to the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Join us as we welcome gifted actor Walt Willey to the Joliet Area Historical Museum for this very special program.

Joliet Area Historical Museum Presents “An Evening at Earl D’Amico’s 214”

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 5:30pm - 11:30pm

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Joliet Area Historical Museum’s annual cornerstone fundraising event, Annual Gala Event; “An Evening at Earl D’Amico’s 214” will take place at the Joliet Area Historical Museum & JJC Renaissance Center on Saturday, October 4th.

Click to read an informational document about the fundraising event.

Tickets to “An Evening at Earl D’Amico’s 214” are $125 per person and can be obtained by contacting Liz McNeil, the Museum’s Special Events Coordinator at (815) 723-5201 ext. 221 or via e-mail at e.mcneil@jolietmuseum.org.

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2014 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show

Friday, September 26, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, September 28, 2014 (All day)

Click for complete information about this event!

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