Illinois Route 66 Main Page

Illinois Postcard

Greetings from Illinois Postcard. Available at Legends’ General Store.

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 several alignments 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 initially followed State Route 4 from Chicago to East St. Louis. This original 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.

Chicago Car Wash

The Castle Car Wash in Chicago washed its last car many years ago. By Kathy Weiser.


Litchfield Route 66 Cafe

The old Route 66 Cafe in Litchfield, Illinois,
by Kathy Alexander.


Route 66 Postcard Color Book

Route 66 Postcard Color Book, available at Legends General Store.

View our Illinois Route 66 Photo Gallery HERE

Travel East

You’re At the Beginning!