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!

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.



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

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

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

Fall Quarterly Meeting October 18, 2015 - 10:00am

It's Sirup Season at Funks Grove!

It's syrup season at Funk's Grove!

Inducted to our Association's Hall of Fame in 1992, Funks Grove is a Route 66 institution!

Come and get your sirup now! Once it's gone, it's gone for the season!

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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
5257 Old Route 66
Shirley, Illinois 61772

Monday - Friday 9-5
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 1-5
(309) 874-3360

Do you smell pancakes?

Red Carpet Corridor Festival Plans in Progress

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release:

The 9th annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will run May 2 & 3, 2015. This festival takes place along a 90-mile stretch of historic Route 66 – starting in Joliet in the north and ending at Towanda, Illinois in the south. Along that length of America’s Main Street, there will be scheduled events both days of the festival. Each of the 13 communities along the Mother Road will stage special activities for young and old alike. There will be bake sales, flea markets, car shows, history displays and presentations, contests, dances, live music, great food, and fun for everyone. You can examine the full slate of events by visiting the Red Carpet Corridor’s webpage.

Future of Tropics Neon Sign Uncertain

By Route 66 Association of Illinois Treasurer, Marty Blitstein

It has come to the attention of myself and our Association as a whole that the iconic Tropics neon sign, which was supposed to be restored by the city of Lincoln, IL has been discovered to have been poorly placed in a yard waste disposal site in Lincoln, instead of being carefully stored out of the elements while awaiting restoration.


At a meeting of the Lincoln city council committee on Monday, March 23, I implored the committee to do right by this piece of Route 66 memorabilia. Here's an excerpt of my comments:

The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois Launches Crowd Funding Campaign to Complete Restoration & Open as a Museum

Our thanks to Geoff Ladd of Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County for providing the following press release to share.

The Mill on Route 66 in Lincoln, Illinois Launches International Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to Complete Restoration & Open as a Museum

The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County has launched an crowd funding campaign to finish restoring the famous Mill Restaurant on Route 66 in Lincoln, IL into a museum, featuring a collection of items representing Route 66 in Logan County. The campaign runs for 40 days and ends on April 25, 2015. The goal for completing the renovation work is in time for the annual October celebration in 2015.


Your Spring Route 66 Wardrobe: Solved!

Available now!

Ringer Tshirt designA new version of a classic! This ash gray "ringer T" shirt features a black band at the neck and sleeves. It was originally available in 1989, featuring Bob Waldmire's familiar and beloved design - and this year, we're bringing it back. It may have been lost for many years, but it definitely hasn't been forgotten!

Still Available!

Waldmire Tshirt artwork_1.pngOur black T-shirt is made of 100% American grown, harvested and spun cotton, is preshrunk and is even sewn in the USA.

Both the new gray and the black are available for the same price - your choice!

$15 (sizes S, M, L, XL)
$16 (size 2XL)
$17 (size 3XL)
+ $5 shipping each (US only)

Mail your check for t-shirt(s) specifying your color preference (gray or black) to:

Route 66 Association of Illinois
110 Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

Profits from the sale of both of these made in the USA T-shirts will help support preservation efforts of the Bob Waldmire bus, located behind our Association Hall of Fame and Museum at 110 Howard St in Pontiac, IL.

Association Picnic 2015

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

Sunday, August 16, 2015
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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).

Click to view photos from our picnic from last year in this story, and plan to come picnic with some great folks this year!

Official 2015 Motor Tour Logo

It's ready! The official logo for our 2015 Motor Tour, entitled, "Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road!" The Motor Tour, our signature annual event will take place June 12 - 14, this year beginning north, in Berwyn, IL. This logo will appear on our Motor Tour registration forms, T-shirts and Motor Tour giveaway materials.

Our dedicated Motor Tour committee has already been diligently at work making plans for this, our 26th annual trek along the Illinois section of Route 66.

Our thanks to the exceedingly talented folks at Diaz Sign Art in Pontiac, IL for creating such a striking design!


“Route 66, My Home Away from Home,” by Chester Henry, for Sale

Hall of Fame Inductee, Chester Henry, (1993) has written a book about his experiences as an Illinois State Patrol officer along Route 66 from 1957-1984. His book, entitled, Route 66, My Home Away from Home, is now available for sale and we are helping spread the word about this unique account of the Mother Road during its heyday.

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Livingston County Historical Society Pictorial History Books for Sale

Livingston County book .jpgThe Livingston County Historical Society has available a limited number of copies of the 2014 edition of the Livingston County Pictorial History book. The books are currently being offered for sale at the P.R.O.U.D. of Illinois Marketplace store, located on the square in Pontiac at 218 North Main Street. The book captures, in text and images, the history of our area. Between the hardback covers there are over 1,400 pictures, including a 16 page section of breathtaking color images. There are special sections on prominent businesses, churches, clubs, and tributes. With 264 pages of vivid history, the 2014 edition includes many images never before seen, most of them supplied by local citizens.

The books would make a great Christmas gift for the history buff in your family. Copies are priced at $49.95. Shipping is available for a small extra charge, so the books may be sent to friends or relatives who have left the area but still have ties to the community. For more information, call the P.R.O.U.D. store at (815) 844-6692.

Yost House Volunteers Honored

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL's Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following information:

Members of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Yost House Museum committee gathered at Bernardi’s Restaurant on Wednesday, October 8th to celebrate the service of some of the volunteers who have contributed greatly to the ongoing success of the Yost House Museum.

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The Yost House is located at 298 West Water Street in Pontiac and was built at the turn of the twentieth century (1898). The Z.F. Yost family was one of Pontiac’s most active families during their time in Pontiac. When the last member of the family passed away in the 1980s, the house, and all of the family’s belongings were given to the City of Pontiac. The Historical Society has, for more than 20 years, overseen the operation and general maintenance of the Queen Anne-styled home. The Yost Museum is one of Pontiac’s most interesting historic homes due to the fact that during its nearly 100-year entire life, it was owned and lived in by a single family. Inside the home visitors will find the furniture, decorations, clothing, silver service, several sets of hand-painted china, and an art collection that was amassed over the nearly 100 years that the Yost family lived there.

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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.