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 Greetings From Illinois



For the most part, Illinois Route 66 glides evenly and easily through the State in a diagonal direction between Chicago and St. Louis. Generally, it follows I-55, but, there are several alignments that zig-zag over, under, and parallel the interstate.


In the Land of Lincoln, the path begins near the shore of Lake Michigan. Connecting the Midwest with the golden state of California, the road from Chicago originally followed State Route 4 from Chicago to East St. Louis. This original piece of gravel road was built before Route 66 even existed and was first called the Pontiac Trail in 1915.


Enjoy your journey through the Land of Lincoln.



Castle Car Wash on Route 66 in Chicago, Illinois

The Castle Car Wash in Chicago, washed it's last car

a long time ago, September, 2004, Kathy Weiser.

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Route 66 Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois

The old Route 66 Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois,

October, 2010. Kathy Weiser-Alexander

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Westbound on Route 66:


About Illinois Route 66

Illinois Route 66 Slideshow

66 Alignments in Illinois

Chicago - The Route 66 Journey Begins

Chicago's Flapper Ghost of the Roaring Twenties

Romeo and Joliet of the Plains

Ghosts of the Rialto Theatre

Wilmington - Home of the Gemini Giant

Coal Mining Towns Along the Mother Road




Dwight - Not Just A Bump In The Road

Odell - Small Town Charm on Route 66

Pontiac - City of Swinging Bridges

Chenoa, Lexington & Towanda - More Small Town Charm on Route 66

Normal and Bloomington - Heart of Illinois

Shirley and Funk's Grove - Maple Sirup Country

McLean and Atlanta - Villages Along Route 66

Lincoln, Illinois - Abe's Namesake Town

Lincoln's Stomping Grounds on Route 66




Springfield - Home of Honest Abe

Ghosts of Historic Springfield

Haunted Inn at 835

Pre-1930 Segment of Route 66 - Chatham to Staunton

Chatham - Small Town Charm in a Springfield Burb

Auburn - Home of Brick 66

Thayer - Working the Northern Mines

Virden and the Coal Mine Wars

Girard - Still Keepin' the Pace

Litchfield - Route 66 Proud!

Mt. Olive, Illinois - More Coal on Route 66

Staunton and Henry's Ra66it Ranch

Farm Country of Southern Illinois




Leaving the Land of Lincoln via Mitchell

Off the Path:  

Cahokia Mounds The Largest Archaeological Site in America

Get Saucy in Collinsville


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