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!

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!

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

Annual Association Picnic 2014 August 17, 2014 - 10:30am
Fall Quarterly Meeting October 19, 2014 - 10:00am

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.

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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

The Friedrich Family’s 2013 Route 66 Travelogue

By Josh Friedrich

This summer we traveled extensively along the Mother Road. We criss-crossed from Chicago, Illinois to Catoosa, Oklahoma. Here are some of the highlights. Some of our exploits would be worthy of the Griswold family in National Lampoons Vacation. As always, we crammed in family fun, museums, roadside attractions, cool signs, diner food, and drive-in theaters.

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"Get Your Kicks on Route 66" Car Show celebrates dedication to the Mother Road

There will be a memorial event honoring the memories of Lenore Weiss and Betty Estes held May 30 - June 1. The "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" Car Cruise will be coming from Joliet and stopping in Pontiac.

See complete details on our events calendar.

Read a terrific article about the event, Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum and Pontiac, IL.

The Mother Road Radio Tour 2013

Thanks to Bish Krywko, President, WRLR 98.3 FM for providing the following press release for us to share about this exciting broadcast event!

WRLR 98.3 (U.S.) and Forest FM 92.3 (U.K.) are teaming up to travel and broadcast from world famous Route 66, The Mother Road. It all starts out June 6th (6/6) from the route's original starting point at Adams and Michigan.

Edwardsville Route 66 Festival

Plans have been announced for the 2013 Edwardsville Route 66 Festival coming this summer June 6 – June 8. Popular headlining acts like Mr. Wizard, Sh-Boom, a sock hop event at the Wildey Theater and the annual classic car show are just a few of the draws for the festival this year.

Get ready to kick off your shoes for the second annual Sock-Hop event on Thursday, June 6 being held this year on the third floor of the historic Wildey Theater, located in downtown Edwardsville. A night full of dancing, food and fun will set the stage for the weekend-long events. On Friday, June 7, the festival will begin at City Park with food, beverages, art vendors, historic tents and the children’s area open for boundless fun. Live music will be provided by the Robert Perry Band and Sh-Boom.

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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.