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

Membership

Membership

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.

Illinois Attractions & Towns

Illinois Attractions & Towns

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

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!

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

Rock & Rods on Route 66 07/14/2017 (All day)

Association Events

Winter Quarterly Meeting January 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Spring Quarterly Meeting April 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Summer Quarterly Meeting July 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 15, 2017 - 10:00am
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Association Picnic 2016

picnic sign.jpgAll are cordially invited to attend our annual Association picnic on

Sunday, August 21, 2016!

It will again be held at Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk's Grove, IL
4532 N 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61254 (right off Route 66)

Map to this location

www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org

  • Our picnic is free of charge; the Association provides all food and soft drinks.
  • Feel free to bring a dish to share if you'd like.

The Waldmire Road Yacht Talks!

by Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

When visitors to Pontiac stop to see Bob Waldmire's Road Yacht, they immediately want to know all about it: What its significance is and why it's on display at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum and Hall of Fame. The outside of the converted schoolbus is certainly interesting but most people want to explore the treasures that fill the inside as well. Unfortunately, the converted school bus can only be open to the public when an attendant is stationed inside.

Recently we added a message repeater system next to the front door to provide visitors with information about the bus even when no attendant is on site. The three minute message tells folks about the Road Yacht and Bob Waldmire and even includes a one minute message spoken by Bob himself. It also directs folks to the Bob Waldmire exhibit in the building behind the Road Yacht.

New Display Cases for the Museum!

by Museum Curator, John Wille

The Route 66 Association of Illinois recently purchased six new display cases for the Museum and Hall of Fame in Pontiac. With these cases we are able to more prominently display the memorabilia of our newest hall of Fame members. They provide room for future displays as well as for some items we currently have in storage. They also give the museum a fresh appearance. It is a lot of fun changing items around and adding new displays. As Route 66 approaches its 90th year and the museum moves toward its 12th year, visitors will have a new look to experience. Your are cordially invited to come see our new cases and the treasures they contain!

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Waldmire Prints Offered as New Membership Bonus!

NEW MEMBERSHIP BONUS!

Until April 30, 2016 receive two - yes two - of these Bob Waldmire ready-to-frame prints with the purchase of a NEW Route 66 Association of Illinois membership! Choose the two you’d like from these very special prints of works of art by the Route 66 artist and icon - or we’ll surprise you with two of our favorites. These prints normally sell for $5.00 each.

Choose among these Waldmire prints, then join our Association here.

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Chain of Rocks Bridge

Breaking Ground for New Hotel in Pontiac, Illinois

Pontiac’s newest hotel has taken the first big step towards its completion, which is expected in 2016. A group of city officials, representatives from the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pontiac Hotel Developers, LLC, Hotel Development Services of Oxford, Ohio, and the hotel’s new management team, Monchino Management LLC of Herrin, IL, conducted the ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, December 2nd at the site of the new hotel near the Interstate 55 interchange.

The new hotel, a Hampton Inn, will offer 79 rooms for guests plus meeting spaces for small groups. The project has been nearly two years in the preparatory stage and is ready to begin the 6 million dollar construction phase of the project. Construction will be fully underway in the spring of 2016.

Motor Tour 2016

Motor Tour 2016 details are now available!

All are welcome to participate in our annual Association Motor Tour along Route 66 in Illinois!

Alive & Kickin' on Route 66

Celebrating 90 years of the Mother Road - 1926 -2016

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Dates:
Friday, June 10, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Highlights include:

Direction:
South - North

Livingston County War Museum Receives Award

The Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) recently announced that the Livingston County War Museum and Dal Estes Education Center has been awarded the distinction of being the IAM’s Volunteer Institution of the Year for 2015. The presentation of the award will take place at the Annual Fall Conference for the IAM to be held September 24-25, 2015 in Springfield.

Route 66 Mural Earns National Geographic Calendar Cover

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing this information for us to share with you.

Pontiac’s own world’s largest painted Route 66 shield mural is the featured cover photograph on one of National Geographic’s 2016 promotional calendars. The Route 66-themed calendar includes 12 stunning images taken along the historic “Mother Road.” Pontiac’s shield mural is the image for December, and was selected as the calendar’s impressive cover photo.

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Web Site Survey Now Available!

To our enthusiastic website readers:

Our beloved website is showing her age. What happens when a website gets old? Well, it means the platform on which it runs is no longer being supported. In other words, the technology that makes the website work behind the scenes is becoming obsolete. That causes the site to experience technical glitches and be difficult to post content to. Perhaps the most significant issue for our aging website is that in its current version, it is completely ignored by google searches due to the fact that it’s not mobile responsive; and as more people utilize their mobile phones and tablets to visit our site, this is unacceptable. She had a good run in her present incarnation - she’s served us faithfully since 2008, and seven years in technology terms is positively elderly. The time to get current has arrived.

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We’d like to take this opportunity to do more than simply revamp the website, however. We’d like to make some changes to both what we present and how we present it. We’ve got some juicy ideas and plans of our own but we want to make certain that we take into account you, the readers, needs, wants and preferences.

Cruisin’ with Lincoln Visitor’s Center

Lincoln66_LogowTM.jpgTravelers looking to take to the road this season can get their kicks on Route 66 in a big way in the Bloomington-Normal area. The new Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center located on the ground level of the McLean County Museum of History in historic downtown Bloomington is your ticket to the Mother Road. This new site is a partnership of the McLean County Museum of History, the Illinois Office of Tourism and the Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau. The center serves as a gateway - the only one of its kind in the area, an information hub for all area attractions and sites including restaurants, historic Route 66 sites, parks and historic communities. There is a large kiosk that features area attractions with a focus on things to see and do in the area. The partnership anticipates national and international travel to increase along the Route with the addition of this new site to the community.

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:
Membership
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.