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Help Pontiac win "Best of the Road"

Pontiac, IL has signed up to be one of the "Best of the Road" towns!

You can read all about the contest and cast your vote here:

Best of the Road

If you want to help Pontiac win - log on and vote! You can also write your own Traveler Review to describe what makes Pontiac so special and worthy to win this distinction. Your review could encourage others to vote for Pontiac too!

Sweet Ceremony in Joliet

DQ screenshot.pngThe Historic Designation and Celebration of the world’s First Dairy Queen, located in Joliet IL will take place on Friday, May 20, 2011.

Ceremony - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center
204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet IL

Site Visit & Photos: 11:00 AM - Noon
First Dairy Queen
501 N. Chicago Street, Joliet IL

Media and the Public are welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration!

Route 66 to be Featured on BBC!

The following news has been released by Pontiac Tourism:

Billy Connolly Films In Pontiac

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois, was visited on Monday, April 25, 2011, by actor/comedian Billy Connolly and a film crew from the UK. They were in Pontiac to record a segment of Connolly’s latest travel series which will be shown on BBC. Connolly has an extensive resume in television, film, and as a stand-up comedian. He has been a part of three other BBC travel programs, including tours of Scotland, Ireland, and the Northwest Passage. The series currently being filmed will take Connolly along the entire length of Old Route 66.

Advertise in Our 2011 Motor Tour Passport!

Passport.jpgWhat's a Motor Tour Passport?

A Passport is your complete guide to the attractions featured along our Motor Tour each year. It is a list of the Route 66 attractions and their locations at which our Motor Tour will be stopping. In addition, Passports provide information on numerous Points of Interest along the Mother Road which, while not stops on the tour this year, are nonetheless exciting Route 66 attractions. Your Passport is not only a guide for the Motor Tour but for any trip along Route 66 in Illinois. Each Motor Tour participant is provided with a Passport upon registration to direct and inform them along their journey.

Your Recipes Needed!

2nd CookbookCover.jpgWe hope you have enjoyed the two previous cookbook published by our Association's Cookbook Committee:

“We Work for Food”
“Recipes Along Route 66”

Our Cookbook Committee is now collecting NEW (never previously submitted) recipes to be included in our third cookbook!

Would you like your family favorites included?

Here's your chance to achieve recipe immortality - and on your way, help make our new cookbook as delicious as its predecessors!

2011 Motor Tour License Plates are Going Fast!

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According to the latest count, there are only around 20 of these collectable, commemorative license plates left for purchase. These very special license plates honoring Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire, will be highly sought-after memorabilia for years to come, even if you don't put them on your car. Get your set while you can!!!

The plates are street legal until June 12, 2011.

To purchase, you must provide a copy of your Illinois license and vehicle registration (which must be valid at least until June 12, 2011) to Buz Waldmire at the address below.

Plates are $25.00 plus $6.00 shipping.

Buz Waldmire
6200 Waldmire Road
Rochester, IL 62563

Sneak Peek at a Masterpiece You Can Help Create

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Your chance to help paint this mural is coming at Pontiac's Red Carpet Corridor festivities, May 7 and 8. The public is invited to help paint this 66-foot mural designed by Route 66 artist and icon, Bob Waldmire shortly before his death in 2009. The mural was the last commissioned art project completed by Waldmire.

The project will be located at the corner of Main and Madison streets in downtown Pontiac and painting will begin at 10:00 AM after a short dedication ceremony.

Submissions Requested for the Summer 2011 Edition of the 66 News

Route 66 News coverThe editors of the 66 News request your submissions!

We welcome submissions of advertising, articles and other newsworthy information to the 66 News for the summer 2011 edition. The deadline is this Friday, April 22, 2011. The summer edition also includes the announcement the Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees.

Please send all articles, photos, or ads to
or by USPS mail to:
Jim Jones, Newsletter
C/O The Rte 66 Assoc of IL Hall of Fame Museum
110 West Howard
Pontiac, IL 61764

Submission by Email preferred.

Route 66 Quilt Raffle

Rt 66 quilt.jpgThis gorgeous quilt, lovingly handmade by Association President, Cathie Stevanovich, will be raffled off as a fundraiser at the Hall of Fame and Museum, 110 W Howard St., in Pontiac, IL during the Red Carpet Corridor event, May 7th and 8th.

Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

Betty Estes Scholarship Awarded

On Friday, April 8, 2011, the University of Illinois awarded the first Betty Estes Route 66 Scholarship. Named for Pontiac's first director of tourism, Betty Estes, the award was presented to Marieta Bangeova, a student in the department of Recreation, Sports, and Tourism. Betty has been recognized by several local and state agencies for her tireless efforts in promoting the preservation and appreciation of the "Mother Road." In 2010, she was presented with a plaque from the Illinois Route 66 Heritage Byway and the scholarship was named in her honor. Present at the ceremony were current Pontiac Tourism director, Ellie Alexander, Pontiac City Administrator, Bob Karls, members of the Estes family and several of Betty's closest friends.

Got Content?

EditorWe welcome your Route 66 news, stories, photos and events for publication in our newsletter or on our web site!

Submit it here

Send us your change of address to:
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
or use our handy contact form

Learning to use our calendar puts the fun and adventure of Route 66 at your fingertips. It's easy to discover the when, what and where of events along the road.

Here's How!

Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.