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!

Pontiacs Set to Invade Pontiac

Saturday, September 20, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, September 21, 2014 (All day)

image001.jpgDowntown Pontiac, Illinois will become GTO heaven for the weekend of September 20-21, 2014, as the Third Annual All-Pontiac Cruise and Car Show comes to town. The event, sponsored by the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center, the Heart of Illinois GTO Club (Springfield. IL), and the Gateway GTO Club (St. Louis, MO), will feature hundreds of cars and two full days of activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum and help to fund its continued growth and development.

Motor Tour 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00am - Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 4:00pm

Stay tuned for information about our 26th annual Motor Tour! It's going to be great!

2015 Motor Tour: Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road

Plans are already underway! This year's tour will begin in Berwyn and we're hoping to make plans to visit the famous Spindle! We will also be rolling along for a part of the newly-created Blue Carpet Corridor festivities!

Check back for details as they become available!

Summer of Sammy Begins!

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following for us to share:

Sammy Basso, an 18-year-old young man from Italy, has always wanted to travel through America on historic Route 66. As part of this dream, Basso will be visiting Pontiac on September 15. For Basso, this dream is more challenging than it would be for most. Sammy is, in all likelihood, the oldest man on the earth who is suffering from a disease that causes premature aging. Although there is no cure for the affliction, generally known as Progeria, this rare genetic disorder typically results in death by the middle teens. Sammy’s case is rare because he has successfully reached his late teens.

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