​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Joliet- The Joliet Area Historical Museum -Free admis-sion all day 8am - 4pm at the Museum. Discounted "Self-Guided Tours" at the Old Joliet Prison. Various car clubs will be visiting and parking cars at the Museum throughout the day.  15% off all merchandise in the Museum and Old Joliet Prison Gift Shops.
Elwood- ​Saturday 8am-4pm- Elwood Village corner of  Mississippi Ave & Douglas Street, Historic Information & Welcome Center - Antique Tractor Exhibit. Quaint Downtown Business Center. Douglas Street Wayside Exhibit featuring Rosie the Riveter,  a statue of a munition's worker with lunch box in hand,  & original Route 66 pavement, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Pick up a commemorative giveaway at the corner of Mississippi Ave & Douglas Street. More Info Contact: 815-423-5011

Wilmington-  Visit the Chamber tent at north end of downtown vendors 200 N. Water St. where you can purchase a slit the pot raffle ticket and get your give-away.  Flea market 8am. - 4pm., Hula contest, hound dog contest, dance performance, food, Route 66 Band starting at noon and more. Info Contact: 815-476-5991. At nearby Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 9:00am - Noon Antique Fire Trucks; Photos with Smokey Bear, 9, 10 and 11.  Iron Bridge Trailhead, East side of Hwy 53, 2.5 miles south of Elwood Village Hall.  

Braidwood- Be sure to visit the Information booth for the Braidwood give-away located across from the Polk-A-Dot Drive-In at the Rt 66 Braidwood Zoo, with vendors. Stop at the Braidwood Museum on Main St. to see exhibits on coal mining past. Stop by Polka Dot Drive-in  for the car show and photo-ops with Elvis, Superman and many others and experience 1950's dining.   Contact 815-710-0812

Godley- Visit the Route 66 Mining Museum during the festival to pick up your 2022 commemorative give-away.  More Info Contact 815-458-2222 or 815-405-1906. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to noon.​​

Braceville-  Stop at the Village Hall at the  corner of S. Mitchell & Rt. 53.  Baked goods will be sold by the United Methodist Church, Historical display by Alice Creech, Junk-in-the-Trunk sale in the parking lot, lunch at the Wicked Cricket on Rt. 53. More Info Contact: 815-237-8655Gardner- Meet & Greet with the Mayor at Two-Cell Jail where you can get your give-away and a limited edition postcard. 

Gardner - Lions serving root beer floats in the Diner Car 9am - 3pm. and porkchop sandwiches until gone. Visit the  Archives in the Village Hall. Scapegoats Car Show 10-4, Depot Street parking lot, Elvis tribute artist Hugo will perform 11-1. Craft show on Depot St. 9-4, Church of Hope Rock-a-thon at the Gazebo. Touch-A-Truck and giveaways during Open House at J&R's Towing on Liberty St. Every Buddies Pub & Grub on Depot Street serving the special menu.  More info
​Contact: 815-237-2592. 

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2022 COMMUNITY EVENTS!

 ​Saturday ​May 7, 2022

As an added bonus to our commemorative give-away this year, we would like to thank the
​Route 66 Scenic Byway for this extra give-away promotion.

​ Download and check out the Illinois Route 66 mobile app by searching ‘Explore Illinois Route 66’ in the App Store or on Google Play.  Here you will have an opportunity to click on ‘Passports’ and participate in our mobile challenge.  Check in via the mobile app at all 12 locations and you will be entered to win a prize package worth over $250!



Dwight- Discover Dwight 10th Route 66 Smoke Out BBQ Contest located in downtown Dwight with games and entertainment at local businesses. Dwight PTO Spring Vendor Fair begins at 9 outside the grade school. Town wide garage sales, FFA plant sales and opening day at  Ambler/Becker
​Texaco Welcome Center. 815-584-3077

Odell- Historic 1932 Standard Oil Gas Station on Route 66, Historic Subway Souvenirs, Route 66 Soda, nostalgia for sale.

Cafe 110 West -815-998-2556,
GD's Saloon - 815-998-2556
Rentz's Tap & Dining- 815-998-2383 
More info contact: 815-988-2133 or email info@odell-il.com
Pontiac- Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8:  The Pontiac Art Center will be hosting their Annual Swinging Bridges Fine Arts Festival. The 200 block of Madison Street  and The Eagle Theatre will house the many artists selling their beautiful, handcrafted, fine art pieces. Live music, art demonstrations, entertainment, and food trucks.  ​Museums are open both days 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Free admission! Commemorative give-away pick-up is at 209 W. Madison.
Chenoa- Stop in Chenoa, the Crossroads of Opportunity, located at the intersection of Route 66 and Route 24. The Texaco Star is shining bright at an original gas station location on the route and Midwest Real Street Machines will be on display. Weave through town and pass the Matthew T. Scott House listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join other runners in the Chenoa  5k Walk/Run at 8:30 am.  Stop by the fitness center, take a selfie with the public murals on the W side of the building, enjoying historic architecture downtown and stopping by the Chenoa 1889 Pharmacy. Find your commemorative give-away at the tent near the Pharmacy.  

Lexington- Lexington's activities will be located on Main Street in downtown Lexington.  Experience Lexington's unique restaurant scene, discover the exquisite boutique shopping, taste some of Lexington’s local craft beer, enjoy some live music, a great selection of vendors, food trucks, family activities and photo opportunities.  While you are in Lexington, don't forget to take a drive down Memory Lane, get a picture with the Lexington neon sign, visit Patton Cabin - the oldest building in McLean County and the nationally recognized VanDolah Castle.  Giveaway for this year's Red Carpet Corridor will be available at City Hall.