The Land of Lincoln
Illinois is the land of Lincoln. All along the Route 66 corridor are sites associated with the 16th president; in Atlanta, in Lincoln, and of course in Springfield. His library is on Route 66 in Springfield, and his home is just a few blocks off the highway.
Dining options are diverse and fun along Route 66 in Illinois.
Photo Ops & Attractions
The Route 66 corridor in Illinois is an endless opportunity to discover unique photo ops and attractions. This windmill in Dwight is but one example. There is the red brick highway near Auburn, the Sugar Creek Covered Bridge & Pontiac which is one big photo op, to name just a few.
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BLUE CARPET CORRIDOR ANNOUNCES 2019 EVENT DATES ON ILLINOIS ROUTE 66
The Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition, the southern third of Illinois Route 66 including communities south of Springfield, has announced its 2019 lineup of Corridor-wide events. The fifth annual “Miners, Mobsters, and the Mother Road” Passport Run will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19. The new Blue Carpet Corridor Passport for the 2019 tourist season will be revealed that weekend. The free souvenir passport will be available at all participating communities’ official Passport Stops, where visitors can get a unique stamp from each community to complete their souvenir passports. The May 18-19 Passport Stop hours are Saturday 8 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Participating 2019 communities and their Passport Stops for the May event are: Auburn – Double-Decker Bandstand, Auburn City Square; Virden – Showtime Lanes and Silvernick’s; Girard – Doc’s Soda Fountain; Carlinville – Cherry Tree Gifts; Gillespie – Illinois Coal Museum (City Hall during tourist season); Staunton – Henry’s Ra66it Ranch (Sat. only), Vintage Station and Max B. Mullins and Mayfield Landscaping and Produce (Sun. only); DeCamp Station – south of Staunton; Hamel – Weezy’s Route 66 Bar and Grill; Edwardsville – 222 Artisan Bakery; Nana’s Hidden Attic – at I-55 and SR108 north of Litchfield; Litchfield – Niehaus Cycle Sales; Mt. Olive – Soulsby Station; Pink Elephant Antique Mall at Livingston; Troy – Troy Times-Tribune; Collinsville – D.D. Collins House and Collinsville History Museum.
New for 2019 is a second event, the Blue Carpet Corridor Road Rally, scheduled for Saturday, October 5. Entry fees will go toward the winning Road Rally team and a charity with ties to the Blue Carpet Corridor! The rally day will end with evening festivities in Gillespie, near the center of the Corridor, with announcement of winners and charity donation, plus food vendors and activities.
Also new for 2019 is the availability of the official free souvenir passport and the stamping for summer tourist season at all official Passport Stops, beginning Saturday, May 18, with the Passport Run, and running through the Saturday, October 5, Road Rally.