The Route 66 Association of Illinois

The Route 66 Association of Illinois

Our mission is to preserve, educate, promote and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois



Please join our association's efforts to preserve, promote, educate and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois.

A nostalgic trip through Americana

A nostalgic trip through Americana

Learn about this historic highway and why Route 66 is an American treasure worth preserving.

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Our 2014, "Making Memories" Motor Tour, commemorating our 25th Anniversary, was a fun celebration of the Mother Road, with some new and exciting activities and stops for participants to enjoy. Read and see it here!

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Visit these attractions and towns along Route 66 in Illinois for a nostalgic family fun!

Here are some helpful and informative sources to help you along your Route 66 journey. We've assembled a collection of web sites and information that are sure to add to your knowledge and appreciation of the Mother Road.

Web Links
Historic Maps
Town Along The Road
Sign up for our Day Tripper email announcements
View the Day Tripper Archives

Preservation is one of our core missions. With our motto of 'we work for food' our members paint, build, repair, clean, and fight to preserve all that is Route 66.

What is Preservation?
Hall of Fame Inductees
Our Museum
Preservation Projects and Announcements

Events Along The Road

Car Show at Odell Gas Station 05/27/2017 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2017: Road Trip! 06/09/2017 (All day)
Drive’n the Dixie 06/17/2017 - 11:30pm
Rock & Rods on Route 66 07/14/2017 (All day)
Catfish Days, Wilmington, IL 07/22/2017 (All day)

Association Events

Motor Tour 2017: Road Trip! June 9, 2017 (All day)
Association Picnic 2017 August 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 15, 2017 - 10:00am
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Special Offer to 25th Anniversary Motor Tour Participants!

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

Preservation takes many forms. It can be buildings, roads, signs, structures and objects. Preservation can also be stories and remembrances of people, places and things. Preservation is the heartbeat and soul of our Mother Road, Route 66.

This year the Preservation Committee is doing something that has never been done before and will never do again.

First, some information.This is the 25th Anniversary of the Route 66 Association of Illinois. As a result I wanted to do something pertaining to Preservation that would also commemorate this extraordinary accomplishment.


Congratulations, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast!

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, to providing the following press release about one of our Association Business members, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast.

Three Roses Bed and Breakfast Wins 2013 BnBFinder Guest Favorite Award
--Guests Gave Pontiac, IL, Bed and Breakfast High Marks for Delicious Breakfasts and Comfortable Beds--

Strevell House Update

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following update on the historic Strevell House.

With thousands of volunteer man-hours and generous donations, the Livingston County Historical Society is slowly working towards its goal of preserving the Jason W. Strevell house in Pontiac, Illinois. The Strevell home is the last existing structure in the county known to have hosted the nation’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. According to the Livingston Historical Society president, Bob Sear, saving this home is one of the most important current projects of the historical society.

Pontiac Charm Trail Adds New Charms

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release for your souvenir-shopping enjoyment.

The Pontiac Charm Trail has added several new charms to its collection, two with a particularly local flair. The Charm Trail is a promotional project coordinated by the Pontiac Office of Tourism. Local merchants, museums, and restaurants have joined together to offer locals and visitors alike a unique way to tour the shops of downtown Pontiac. Each participating establishment has for sale one or more pewter charms. People on the Charm Trail can purchase a charm bracelet and then spend the day shopping and filling the bracelet with charms. Bracelets are economically priced at $10 each, and each of the charms is priced at $3.

Holiday Notecard Sale to Benefit Pontiac Museum

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release:

For the month of November, The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum is offering customized Pontiac mural holiday greeting cards at a discounted price. The notecards will feature the iconic Route 66 Pontiac, IL mural on the front. The picture can include you and your family in front of the mural and the cards can be personalized with your greeting either on the cover or inside the card.

Please Help Save Historic St. Mary Carmelite Church on Route 66 in Joliet, IL

The following letter was written by Maria R. Traska, independent journalist, policy analyst and blogger. We wanted to bring the situation she mentions to your attention, considering this historic building is along Route 66.

The original plan for the preservation and repurposing of this church (as well as the timeline of its history) was posted last year here on this website in, The Bells of St. Mary’s: Another Rescue in the Making? written by local author and historian, Joseph D. Kubal.

Dear friend of historic preservation:

Muffler Men - Have You Seen These Giants for Yourself?

Thanks to Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for pointing us to this very entertaining and informative YouTube video about the beloved Muffler Men.

Check it out!

Central Illinois Cucurbit Farmer Emerging as Expert Nationwide

Our thanks to Heather Wilkins, Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Development Office for providing the following, very timely press release:

Central Illinois Cucurbit Farmer Emerging as Expert Nationwide

Mac Condill speaks about pumpkins, squash and gourds and builds displays from coast to coast, including the White House lawn.

ARTHUR, IL; September 19, 2013 – Mac Condill, one of the owners of The Great Pumpkin Patch in rural Arthur has been making a name for himself throughout America for his knowledge and design skills as they pertain to cucurbits which include pumpkins, squash and gourds.

He was one of the main speakers at the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA in September as well as at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH. “I’m humbled that so many people want to hear me talk about something I enjoy so much. Educating people about the growing process, seed preservation and the various uses for cucurbits; I have a passion for that,” said Condill.

Vic Suhling Neon Sign to Shine Again!

We're so glad to hear the exciting news reported on Route 66 News about the Vic Suhling / Gas for Less neon sign.

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According to the story, the Vic Suhling sign will be relighted on Oct. 26:

The relighting of the soon-to-be-restored Vic Suhling / Gas for Less neon sign in Litchfield, Ill., will occur at dusk Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, according to a release this week from the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee of the Route 66 Association of Missouri.

The Quintessential Route 66 Photo Op

According to a recent press release from Pontiac, Illinois Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, the largest painted Route 66 Shield, located on the back of our Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois, may be the most-photographed site in Pontiac.

Painted by Pontiac's own Diaz Sign Art, ours is but one of a multitude of stunning murals they've created for the delight of the city's visitors and residents alike. Groups and individuals from all over the world have proudly posed with our magnificent shield as a backdrop to their photographs. Are you among them?

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Photo courtesy Dave Sullivan

Got Content?

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

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110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL, 61764
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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.