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Advertise in our Association Newsletter, The 66 News!

Attention, Route 66 Businesses, Attractions and Communities!

fall06 photos.jpgOur newsletter, The 66 News, is mailed to each and every member of our Association. Can you think of a more targeted group with whom to advertise your business or community?

Our newsletter comes out quarterly. The deadline for inclusion in our Spring, 2012 issue is February 15, 2012.

We offer several affordable advertising options in our Newsletter, as follows:

Single Issue Pricing for Advertising in the 66 News
Ads are in black and white only

Whole Page - $125.00
Half Page - $75.00
Business Card size - $25.00
Special Offer - for 1 year of Whole Page or Half Page ads (all 4 issues)
Buy 3 ads, get the 4th FREE
Ads need not all contain the same content

Our Association Treasurer, Marty Blitstein, will gladly help you to purchase your advertisement in our Newsletter.

Contact Marty at:



9280 Drummond
Tinley Park, IL 60487

Route 66 Included in Illinois Lottery Advertisement

Do you recognize any of the locations in this commercial for the Illinois Lottery?

Pontiac Tourism Sets New Visitor Record

Our thanks to Director of Pontiac, IL Tourism, Ellie Alexander for sharing the following press release with us. What a proud distinction for this Route 66 community (and our Museum, too)!

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Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac Tourism, announced today that the number of visitors who came to Pontiac’s Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in 2011 exceeded all expectations. “According to the records kept by the docents at the Route 66 museum, over 19,000 guests came through their doors this past year,” Alexander noted. “That represents a 40% increase over 2010.”

New Route 66 News Editor

fall06 photos.jpgHi, Route 66 Association of Illinois fans! It’s me, website Editor Gina with a very exciting announcement. I am proud to announce that I’ve been chosen to take the reigns as Editor of the Association Newsletter, The 66 News, which you eagerly await by mail.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the previous Editors, Kathy Miller and Jim Jones for their dedication and tireless efforts for many years creating an informative and enjoyable Newsletter. I have some mighty big shoes to fill!

But fill them I will! I have some ideas I’m anxious to implement and I look forward to jumping into the process effectively immediately. Right off the bat, I’d like to invite you, one and all, to submit content for publication in the Newsletter. I want to be able to rely and depend upon all you dedicated roadies, officers, board members and Association members alike to keep the stream of information and stories from the road pouring in so I can disperse it through the 66 News. To that end, I have some plans to make that process easy and convenient. Stay tuned for details...

In the coming weeks, I’ll be calling upon you for your opinions and sharing my vision for the future of the 66 News. I look forward to making a lot of new acquaintances and friends as I assume these new responsibilities.

Happenings in Joliet, IL

We recently received a newsletter from Joliet, IL about events in their city. We've put some of the events on our calendar. Click here to read about all the exciting things to do in Joliet!


Beijing Artist in Pontiac

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release from Kristen Arbogast at the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum.

airbrush.jpgWorld renowned airbrush artist, Tang Dongbai, from Beijing, China is currently in Pontiac, IL, developing custom works of art. Dongbai and his wife Kari traveled to Pontiac with the intent of sharing his artworks and talents through education and sales of his unique creations.

This is Dongbai’s third trip to Pontiac in the past year. He has previously hosted an “Invisible by Day; Amazing by Night” and a “UV Pretty Fashion” Art Show at the International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum. Four paintings and all five invisible fashion dresses are currently on display at the Walldog Museum.

Tang Dongbai is interested in starting an International Art School in Pontiac, IL. He will specifically focus on teaching students from the United States, China, New Zealand, and other international countries about the craft of airbrushing.

Airbrushing is Dongbai’s passion and he has great ambition to share his unique skills with others.

Dongbai plans on staying in Pontiac until at least early January. During his time in Pontiac, he is offering to create special custom art pieces for all who are interested. For $39.95, Dongbai is offering to create custom airbrush artwork on t-shirts, bags, canvases, wood, metal panels, etc. Customers bring in a picture of what they would like painted, in addition to the item they would like the picture to be painted on. He is currently taking orders at the Walldog Museum – 217 N Mill Street, Pontiac, IL. (815) 842-1848.

It is an honor for Pontiac, IL to host Tang Dongbai and his wife as he pursues his dream of educating others on the craft of airbrushing while offering his custom works of art for sale.

Tang Dongbai specializes in automobile, fashion, architectural and mural airbrush painting. More information about Tang Dongbai can be found at: www.tangdongbai.com and www.airbrush-yourlife.com.

For more information, contact Kristin Arbogast at the Pontiac Waldog Mural Museum at (815) 842-1848

2012 Hall of Fame Nominations

Thanks to Secretary of the Hall of Fame Committee, Kathy Miller, for providing the following information for us to share:

It's that time of year! Time to submit nominations for the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame!

Help us to get the word out? Please spread the word to local publications, community websites, post it on your own website if you have one, on your business/house windows and doors.

Click to learn the significance of this honor, the criteria Hall of Fame inductees must meet and the procedure for submitting a nomination.

International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum


International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum
217 North Mill Street Pontiac, IL 61764
United States
43° 40' 35.6916" N, 87° 56' 26.1888" W

Community Art Center Opens in Downtown Pontiac

Thanks to Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac, IL Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share:

Pontiac Art Center.jpgA collective comprised of Pontiac artists has opened a new store in downtown Pontiac starting this holiday season. The Community Art Center is located at 101 West Madison Street in the building formerly occupied by How Sweet It Is. They will be open Monday through Thursdays from 10 AM to 6 PM, on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Sundays 12 to 4.

The genesis of the The Art Center came from a group of Walldogs and about a dozen local artists who wanted to offer their artworks to the public. The center provides studio space and a retail outlet for the works of many types. Currently on sale for the holiday gift-giving season are works of art including: paintings, ceramics, ink drawings, sculpture, textile works, and jewelry.

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