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.

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

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!

Membership

Membership

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

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

Fall Quarterly Meeting October 19, 2014 - 10:00am
Motor Tour 2015 June 12, 2015 (All day)

Geocaching, Route 66 Style

The following story comes to us from Pam Monson, Editor of Free Press Newspapers in Wilmington, IL.

Small Towns Hiding Treasures for Visitors to Find

geocaching-wilmington,-il_4566.jpgFour communities teamed up this year to bring something new and different, that the whole family can enjoy, to the Illinois Route 66 travel experience - geocaching.

Geocaching is a worldwide, free, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, including smart phones and iPods. Cache (pronounced "cash") owners hide their treasure box and publish the exact coordinates so others can go on a "treasure hunt" to find it. Players try to find the hidden containers using longitude and latitude coordinates.

The only rules are:

  • If you take something from the cache, you must leave something, and you write about your visit in the logbook you'll find in the cache. You can also log your find online. The caches you'll find between Wilmington and Braceville are registered at geocaching.com - just search Red Carpet Corridor. (The Red Carpet Corridor is a partnership of Illinois communities who celebrate their heritage along the Mother Road the first weekend of each May.)
  • If you find an item with a code number stamped on it, chances are it's a "traveler," and its owner has selected a destination for it. If you take a traveler from the cache, you agree to move it along in its travels, and log your experience online.

Donna and Michael Orlowski Getting Their Kicks on Route 66!

Our sincere thanks to Donna and Michael Orlowski for sharing their own Route 66 story and a terrific photo taken in front of our museum mural in Pontiac, IL!

Michael writes:

We enjoy traveling the Mother road as often as we can and over the years have seen many changes, some good but also some bad especially when one of our Rt.66 friends or attractions is lost. We are hoping to travel the full route in about two more years after I retire. I think it will take us at maybe two months, we like to stop and see everything. Enjoy the road as it is meant to be seen.

Here are Donna and Michael Orlowski getting their kicks on Route 66!

Gail’s Pumpkin Patch Opens for the Fall Season

pumpkin patch.jpgGail’s Pumpkin Patch, Beason, IL will be opening for their 8th season on Sunday, September 1, 2013. The pumpkin patch will be open Sunday to Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The final day of the season is October 31, 2013.

The pumpkin patch has over 60 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, corn, Nate’s honey and donuts, straw, apples, cider, mums, barrel train, toddler maze, baked goods and lots of crafts. It is loaded with fall decorations and fun for the whole family. New this year is Grandpa’s Antique Tractor Porch and Toddler Corner! Free admission and U-Pick or We-pick pumpkins available.

Project Drive-In

Our thanks to David Kibitlewski of Round Lake Beach, IL, for making us aware of this issue that hits close to home and our sense of nostalgia.

Project Drive-In: Help Honda Save an American Icon.

Next year, drive-ins that aren't equipped with digital projectors will no longer be able to show movies. This upgrade could cost a drive-in upwards of $85,000 - an astounding expense for these small business operations. Only 365 drive-ins still exist in America - they're quickly becoming an extinct species whose demise will be hastened if they can't afford to convert their projection equipment to the digital format.

Here Come the Giants!

Tall Paul.jpgWe've got a few of these delightful Gentle Giants along our stretch of the Mother Road - here's a very interesting journal with videos from researchers who have discovered the history and lure of these larger-than-life roadside attractions!

Thanks to John Weiss, our Preservation Chairman, for making us aware of this fun and informative site!

Click to visit American Giants!

New Category on Our Website!

Young Roadies: You're Never Too Young!

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The allure of Route 66 is very much about nostalgia and the history of the Road and the people who live and work along it’s colorful miles. Its future, preservation and continuation as an important part of America, however, depend upon future generations learning and becoming excited about the Mother Road and what she holds for them.

Waldmire Route 66 Design Jackets

UPDATE!

These fabulous and fashionable jackets are now available and they're selling like, well, fabulous and fashionable jackets! In fact, the Small and 4X sizes are already sold out (but don't worry - we'll let you know when we get more in stock)!

We do have sizes Medium, Large, XL, ($45) and 2X and 3X ($50) available.

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Available soon!

Bob Waldmire-design windbreakers will be available through our Association just in time for your autumn adventures on Route 66!

Marty’s Membership Special

Our membership chairman, Marty Blitstein has an exciting deal for new members:

Join our Association between August 5, 2013 and September 15, 2013 and receive a highly collectable Route 66 Association of Illinois commemorative pin as a bonus!

Marty’s feeling especially generous because this offer runs until his birthday. Marty LOVES new members so let’s give him something extra to celebrate this year!

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Offer Details:

  • This offer is extended to NEW individual, family or business memberships only, paid by mail or online.
  • Limit one (1) pin per membership.
  • Renewal memberships are NOT eligible for this offer.
  • Pin is high quality, approximately 1" diameter with a clutch back.

Click to learn all about our Association, membership levels and how to join!

Fossil Hunting on Route 66

By Preservation Chairman, John Weiss

The towns of Braceville and Godley border one of the best areas for fossil hunting in the state. Collectors come from all around the country. This area is famous because it was here that the Tully Monster fossil was discovered. This long extinct creature is named for the man who found it in 1957, Francis Tully. The Tully Monster is also considered to be the official State of Illinois Fossil.

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A Route 66 Stamp is Being Considered by Congress

Our Association is full of people dedicated to doing important and exciting things on behalf of the Mother Road. Grundy County Representative Ike Widner has been in touch with the United States Postal Service about having a Route 66 commemorative postage stamp issued. Here's what Ike's been up to:

Ike writes:

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.