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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

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.

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.

3rd Annual Run/Walk on Route 66 - Funks Grove to McLean

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 8:00am

CORE of McLean, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is holding their third annual 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk to benefit the community of McLean, IL.

Click for complete details for this event.

Illinois Blue Carpet Corridor Celebration!

Saturday, June 11, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, June 12, 2016 (All day)

Visit the Blue Carpet Corridor on Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12, and experience Midwest Americana on 100+ miles of Illinois Route 66! From Chatham to Collinsville, 13 communities will be welcoming visitors to their events, attractions, and Passport Stops. Joining in the fun this year are the following: Chatham, Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy, and Collinsville.

Click for complete details and schedule for this event.

Annual Route 66 Garage Sale in Lincoln IL

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

After turning over the Route 66 Garage Sale a few years ago to local entrepreneur and business owner, Andrea Dykman, the annual event is still thriving, with over 75 garage sales the second weekend in Lincoln and also neighboring Logan County communities. The sale runs 8am till dusk all three days.

Flea markets will be set up at the VFW Post 1756 building on 5th St, the Mill, located at 738 S. Washington, Oasis Senior Center and Logan County Humane Society at the fairgrounds in Lincoln. Proceeds will go to the organizations hosting their events that weekend.

The event is in its 10th year, and this is also the 90th anniversary of Route 66. Studies show that garage sales have an exceptionally positive impact on the local economy.

66 miles on Route 66 in 6.6 hours on 6/6 for 66 bucks

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

Tour a section of Route 66 from Berwyn to Dwight and back again with InSites Chicago. Enjoy roadside attractions, signs of the times, museums, parks, communities, kitsch and running(board) commentary. Tour includes admissions and transportation.

Tour begins and ends at
Berwyn Route 66 Museum
7003 Ogden Ave
Berwyn, IL

Click for more information and to purchase tickets.

Rockabilly on the Route - Tucumcari, NM

Thursday, June 2, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, June 5, 2016 (All day)

Tucumcari, NM: The classic car, vintage bike show and music festival that took New Mexico by storm in 2013 returns for the fourth consecutive year June 2-5, 2016, to historic Tucumcari, along the iconic blacktop roadway of Route 66. Four action-packed days with over 23 Rockabilly, Americana and Honky Tonk bands performing from all over the map, including Japan, and Australia!

Event producers Simon Cantlon and Ungelbah Davila, creators of Pink Flamingo Productions, say their goal is to celebrate the unique heritage of America’s Mother Road in New Mexico, as well as the country’s definitive musical legacy. The event is a fundraiser for the New Mexico Route 66 Museum in Tucumcari.

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

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