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

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.

Membership

Membership

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

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Another Exciting Motor Tour!

Our 2013 Back to Our Routes Motor Tour 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

Association Events

Motor Tour Meeting November 9, 2014 - 10:00am
Winter Quarterly Meeting January 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 19, 2015 - 10:00am

World's Largest Catsup Bottle For Sale

Our thanks to Mike Gassmann, "Big Tomato," at World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Inc., for providing the following press release about a certain big condiment container's future.

For those of you in the St. Louis area, and for those of you who are members of our Facebook page, this news will be of little surprise: yes, the Catsup Bottle is for sale.

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Unity Route 66 Flea & Farmers Market Opens in Joliet, IL

Our thanks to Mac Willis, President of new Association Business Member, Unity Community Development Corporation, for providing the following information about an exciting new event in Joliet, IL.

Unity Community Development Corporation in Joliet Illinois is excited to announce a brand new county wide event called the Unity Route 66 Flea & Farmers Market is opening in the Joliet area.

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Motor Tour 2015: Already in the Works!

It takes the better part of a year for our dedicated Motor Tour committee to coordinate and pull together the awesome experience that is our annual Motor Tour.

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Kathy & Johnny Miller, John Weiss, Joanna Joven and Marty Blitstein at 2014 Motor Tour check-in, Edwardsville, IL. Photo courtesy Elaine Stonich.

The Great American Road Show with Bill Davidson Discovers Surprises Galore in Pontiac, IL!

Thank you to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for passing along this article posted on Anne E. Schwartz's blog on OnMilwaukee.com.

The story tells what an extra-special surprise the city of Pontiac was to the riders who originally had only planned a brief visit in the community.

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Read the very complimentary article in its entirety on onmilwaukee.com.

Preservation Updates - Spring, 2014

By Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss

Preservation Meeting

Preservation Meeting Old Route 66 Family Restaurant Dwight IL

On March 22nd a group of 25 members of the Route 66 Preservation Committee gathered for an update. John Weiss, Preservation Chairman, conducted the meeting. There were a lot of subjects to discuss concerning past, present and potential future projects. The meeting was held at the Route 66 Family Restaurant on old Route 66 in Dwight.

Motor Tour 2014: Did You Make Memories?

Were you one of the privileged participants in our Association's 25th Annual Motor Tour? If you were, we would LOVE you to share your individual memories made during our Making Memories tour with us!

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Between now and August 15, I'll be collecting stories and photos from you to include in the official tour recap of the event to be presented here on our website and in our Fall, 2014 issue on our members-only newsletter, The 66 News. That provides ample time for you to submit photos and stories and for me to compile the wrap-up of the Motor Tour in all its glory.

Bob Kraft, Former Owner of The Riviera Roadhouse, Passes Away

We are sad to report that Robert (Bob) Kraft has passed away.

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Route 66 News has published an article about Bob Kraft, co-owner of the Riviera Roadhouse with his wife Peggy for 37 years, and a history of the restaurant on their website.

The Riviera was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 1994.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Route 66 Association of Illinois is proud to choose a group of special Route 66 heroes each year for induction to our Hall of Fame. They were inducted in a ceremony held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL.

Read the complete list of our Hall of Fame Inductees, dating back to the beginning, 1990.

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees include:

Nelch & Son Concrete - Springfield, Illinois

Submitted by John Lucchesi

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Two New Route 66 Books - Get Yours NOW!

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Route 66 in Illinois, a new book by authors Joe Sonderman and Cheryl Eichar Jett, will be released June 9 by Arcadia Publishing. The result of a year's worth of research and travel, the book traces the famous highway from its starting point in Chicago to the Mississippi River. From the book's back cover text: “Between the great cities of Chicago and St. Louis, there are 300 miles of adventure, history, culinary delights, and quirky attractions. This is the Land of Lincoln and roadside giants. There are cozy motels, cozy diners, and Cozy Dogs. Interstate 55 will speed travelers to their destination, but Route 66 offers something more. It goes through the hearts of the towns, wandering onto old brick pavement far from the roar of the interstate. Historic restaurants like Lou Mitchells in Chicago, the Palms Grill in Atlanta, and the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield still keep their coffee pots warm. Waitresses, pump jockeys, gangsters, cops, and politicians all gave the Main Street of America its distinctive personality, and their stories are within these pages.” Over 200 vintage photographs from museums, libraries, historical societies, private collections, and author/collector Joe Sonderman's own collection capture the life and times along the Illinois section of the “Main Street of America.”

Our Hall of Fame and Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

2014 certainly is a banner year for milestones of our Association! Here's an article submitted by Robert C. Roarty, Ph.D., MLIS, of Pontiac Tourism about our Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, IL celebrating its 10th Anniversary on June 7!

Route 66 Museum Marks 10 Year Anniversary

better cake.jpgThe Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 7th. The Museum has grown into one of the premier Route 66 heritage stops along the Mother Road. To commemorate this milestone, the Museum will hold a special open house on that day from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will be free refreshments and other special offerings during the celebration. All visitors to the museum during the Open House will be invited to register for some Route 66-related door prizes.

According to Jim Jones, the museum’s tour director, “The Route 66 museum has been through an amazing evolution. It started as just an idea brought to the City of Pontiac by Pontiac’s first tourism director, Betty Estes, and is now known throughout the world for the quality and quantity of its displays.”

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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.