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.

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.

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

Events Along The Road

Motor Tour 2015 06/12/2015 - 12:00am

Association Events

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

World Monuments Fund Recognizes Route 66's Significance

The World Monuments Fund recognizes Route 66's significance to American history, its cultural impact and its tourism potential.

Click to read their recent press release about a very important strategic roundtable, held in November, 2013 concerning The Mother Road.

Red Carpet Corridor Prepares for 8Th Annual Festival

Thanks to Pontiac, Illinois, Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following press release to get us "thinking spring!"

The 13 communities situated along historic Route 66 between Joliet and Towanda, Illinois, are already deep into the process of planning the 2014 Red Carpet Corridor Festival. This year’s event will be held on May 3rd and May 4th in each of the towns. The tradition of each town offering its own unique set of events for the festival will continue, and planned events include car and motorcycle shows, cook-offs, art displays, live musical performances, retail shopping specials, contests, cruises, fun runs, and antique, collectible merchandise. Many communities will have yard sales, garage sales, and flea markets to satisfy the shopping needs of most people. To assist festival-goers in finding the best shopping bargains, the Red Carpet Corridor committee recently announced a new partnership with Kickson66Sale.com. Kicks on 66 Sale is a multi-municipal destination shopping event which will run concurrently with the Red Carpet Corridor Festival along the 90-mile corridor of Route 66 that runs from Joliet to Towanda.

Pontiac Tourism Releases 2013 Numbers

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander for giving us the scoop on 2013 Pontiac Tourism statistics. It's clear that tourism is on the rise!

The Pontiac Office of Tourism has released the visitor count for the 2013 calendar year. For the fourth year in a row, tourism numbers rose. The most significant increase was in the number of international visitors and tour groups. International visitors increased by slightly more than 23%, while group tours grew nearly 27%.

Chinese Reality Show Filmed in Pontiac

Thanks to Pontiac Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for bringing the following video, filmed in Pontiac in September, 2013, for a Chinese reality show, to our attention.

Click this link to see this video. It's in Chinese but you'll recognize the sites!

It's an opportunity to see Route 66 through fresh and enthusiastic eyes!

Deanos Rt 66 Motorcycle Trip

The following travelogue was submitted through our website submission form by enthusiastic Route 66 Traveler, Dean Radford. Thanks, Dean, for sharing your adventure!

While visiting my brother in MI, I met Dan Rice who provided info on Rt 66. So I decided to head out from Flint, MI on my 1300 V Star motorcycle to Chicago shoreline and ride a portion of 66.

Four weeks later I arrived home in Ft Lauderdale after making it to Santa Monica, then U.S 10 - 6K miles. I met special people and had wonderful experiences in Pontiac IL, Commerce and Claremore. Special time in Seligman meeting Angel and the guys at Canyon Inn. Country Manor in Dwight was a nice dining experience. TRIP OF A LIFETIME for recently retired senior!

Route 66 Reinterpreted Contest 2014!

This is an exciting, creative endeavor that celebrates Route 66 is a visual way. According to a press release from Atlanta, IL:

In celebration of Rt. 66 and all it stands for, Atlanta, Illinois— located Midway on the Mother Road between Chicago and St. Louis—announces the Second Annual “Rt. 66 Reinterpreted” Art Project.

Click to read the press release in its entirety which explains the contest and provides information on its guidelines and how to enter.

Click to see last year's five winning submissions to the Route 66 Reinterpreted Contest.

Andy Granatelli, Hall of Famer and Auto Racing Figure, Dies

We are sad to report that Andy Granatelli, a major auto racing figure and CEO of STP passed away on December 29, 2013 at the age of 90 of congestive heart failure.

Mr Granatelli was inducted into our Association Hall of Fame in 2003. On that occasion, then-president of the Route 66Association of Illinois, Tom Teague wrote the following, which was printed in the Summer, 2003 issue of The 66 News, our quarterly, members-only newsletter. The original follows and is transcribed for easier reading below:

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Andy Granatelli
Chicago

Nominated by Tom Teague

Former Mayor of Odell, Ed Seal, Has Passed Away

Our thanks to Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for passing along the following information:

Ed Seal, past mayor of Odell, IL and an active preservation member has passed away. If it wasn't for all the efforts of Ed when he was mayor of Odell, the station project may not have been possible. The Route 66 Association Preservation Committee is very thankful for all that he has done.

Services for Ed will be held at the Duffy Funeral Home in Odell at 315 E. Vermillion on Saturday, January 18th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at the Odell Union Cemetery. For information call 815-998-2143.

Motor Tour 2014: Our 25th!

Our 25th Annual Motor Tour is coming June 13 - 15, 2014 (Father’s Day weekend)! We’re looking forward to an extra-special celebration along Route 66.

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This year, the tour starts south and will include an opportunity to cross the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge at the beginning of the tour!

Wondering what a Motor Tour is? Read a complete description in, So What Is a Motor Tour Anyway? We’re sure you’ll be inspired to join us for family fun and nostalgia along our Illinois section of America's Main Street, where Route 66 begins!

We hope you’ll save the dates and join us for a fun weekend touring the Mother Road! Plans are being made and details decided by our Motor Tour committee as we speak. Further updates and your chance to register to participate are coming soon.

Join Our Association - Get a Gift!

Due to its extreme popularity, our membership special has been extended through the summer! Read on for all the details about membership in our Association, membership options and your gift for joining.

Your membership dollars make our preservation efforts possible!

For as little as $20, you can become an Individual member of our Association.

Members receive our quarterly publication, The 66 News, for their reading enjoyment, a decal, laminated membership card and our undying thanks for helping us to further our Association's mission to preserve, promote, educate and enjoy Route 66 in Illinois.

There are lots of things you can do with $20 a year but can any of them go as far as we can stretch them to help preserve Route 66 treasures?

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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.