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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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)

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