Hello again, fellow roadies! Spring is finally here in Chicago, albeit grudgingly, which means a roadie’s attention turns to thoughts of road trips. We have a partial list here for you of Route 66 events in Illinois (no, we didn’t just stick to our own neck of the woods in the NE corner of the state; we’re more broadminded than that. Besides, a road trip requires putting on some mileage, right?).
We’ll have more details on these events and shows as we come nearer to their individual dates. Please note: the annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show, which usually occurs on the first Saturday after Labor Day in September, will instead be happening two weeks early in late August. We don’t know the reason for the change in date, but we imagine there was some kind of conflict with something else. It can’t be because of the weather: August is usually way too hot up here, whereas September has typically been just about perfect. Oh, well …
Anyway, with the road shot below from our Funks Grove trip last summer on the day of the Route 66 Association of Illinois annual picnic at the Sugar Grove Nature Center to inspire you, please mark the following events on your Route 66 calendars; you won’t be sorry!
April 25 – Grand opening of the “Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66” Visitors Center, located in the McLean County Historical Museum, Bloomington-Normal, IL; for more info, visit http://www.mchistory.org/
May 2 – 20th Anniversary celebration, Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Little Italy, Chicago; for details, visit http://www.ourladyofpompeii.org/
May 2-3 – Route 66 Red Carpet Tour, Joliet to Towanda; for more info, see http://il66redcarpetcorridor.org/
June 6 – Route 66 Cruise-in, McLean County Historical Museum, Bloomington-Normal, IL; for more info, visit http://www.mchistory.org/participate/events/event.php?event=2015-04-25-cruisin-with-lincoln-on-66-visitors-center-grand-opening
June 7 – Lidice Massacre Commemoration, Lidice Monument, Crest Hill, IL
June 12-13 – 18th Annual Edwardsville (IL) Route 66 Festival; for more info, see http://www.edwardsvilleroute66.com/
June 12-14 – The Route 66 Association of Illinois 26th Annual Motor Tour, entitled “Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road,” from Berwyn to the Chain of Rocks Bridge; will include the inaugural Blue Carpet Tour. For more info, call Marty Biltstein at 708-444-1312 or see website at http://www.il66assoc.org/.
June 13-14 – Inaugural Blue Carpet Tour, from Chatham to Collinsville; for more info, visit http://www.bluecarpetcorridor.org.
July 12 – Eastland Disaster Memorial Dedication and Bohemian association picnic, Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago
July 18 – Lincoln Festival, McLean County Historical Museum, Bloomington-Normal, IL; for more info, visit http://www.mchistory.org/
July 25 – National Route 66 Day (why they chose this date instead of November 11, the route’s official birthday, beats us …) http://nationalroute66day.com/
August 16 – Route 66 Association of Illinois annual picnic, Sugar Grove Nature Center near Funks Grove, IL; 4532 N 725 East Road, McLean, IL 61254. For more info, see http://il66assoc.org/event/association-picnic-2015
August 29 – NEW DATE: Annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show on Ogden Avenue/Route 66, Berwyn, IL; for more info, check the website at http://www.berwynrt66.com/
September 7 – Chicago Historic Route 66 Classic Car Show, 3800S block of Ogden Avenue in Lawndale, Chicago; for more information, call Drew Goldsmith or see website at http://www.carsonroute66.com/.
No date yet – International Mother Road Festival and Car Show, Springfield, IL; this is typically on the last weekend in September, but we’re not sure of the date yet. For more info, see http://www.familyevents.com/event/296
Until next time,