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Giant Lincoln Sculpture Coming to Springfield
5/22/19 - 9/20/20
Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the City of Springfield will host the exhibition of American realist Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture, beginning with a spectacular installation process on May 22. A crane will lift the two figures, Lincoln and his companion, high into the air before they are set in place and affixed on their base Wednesday. This monumental-scale piece is the enlarged version of Johnson’s original work of art commissioned for Gettysburg Plaza in Pennsylvania. The life-scale sculpture stands near the historic Wills House in Gettysburg and depicts President Lincoln gesturing with his famous hat to the bedroom in the Wills House where he finished writing the Gettysburg Address before delivering the speech at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery, Nov. 19, 1863. Beside him stands a “modern man” representing all of us. He holds a gigantic bronze copy of the address in his hands, indicating that these words are as valid to our contemporary life as they were in Lincoln’s time.
McLean County Museum of History collaboration presents “A Community in Conversation”
1/28/20 - 4/28/20
Bloomington-Normal
Inspired by the Museum’s newest exhibit, Challenges, Choices, and Change: A Community in Conflict, the Museum in partnership with Not In Our Town (NIOT), Heartland Community College, the YWCA of McLean County, and other local organizations will present a dialogue-based program series, A Community in Conflict Conversation from January to April 2020. These monthly opportunities for community conversation will highlight the historic and modern significance of four questions featured in the exhibit—asking always, who has the power?
F1rst Fr1day: Tour de Chocolat
2/7/20
Bloomington-Normal
The Museum is pleased to once again participate in this annual Downtown Bloomington tradition by offering locally made chocolates generously provided by our community partner, RGW Candy Company, who has been making chocolate along Route 66 since 1948. And after you have sampled their wonderful treats, you can purchase some in our Visitors Center to take home with you too!
ABATE of Illinois Swap Meet & Motorcycle Show
2/9/20
Springfield

The annual A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois Swap Meet & Motorcycle Show returns to the Orr Building at the IL State Fairgrounds this February 9th. The public is invited. Highlights include the judged Bike Show (1st & 2nd Place trophies and People's Choice Award). Also, door prizes all day, prize drawings, vendors and food available.

Bloomington Public Library Knit In
2/10/20
Bloomington-Normal
The next Knit In will be Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Bloomington Public Library. Registration is free, but required. To register for the event, please contact Candace Summers, Director of Education at 309-827-0428 or via email at education@mchistory.org.
Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism
3/16/20 - 3/18/20
Chicago
The Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism is the state’s premiere industry event. Professionals from across Illinois and around the country come together to network and learn from travel and tourism’s best and brightest.
14th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/2/20
Joliet

The 14th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for that Saturday, making for a great shopping and sight-seeing experience. Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.

Litchfield Pickers Market
5/10/20 - 10/11/20
Litchfield

The Litchfield Pickers Market will return, for its sixth year, every second Sunday of the month from May to October, with the exact 2020 market dates being: May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, and Oct. 11. Mark your calendar NOW and plan to visit downtown Litchfield, Illinois between 9 AM to 3 PM. This year is going to be a great one!

Niehaus Cycle Sales 34th Annual Customer Appreciation Days
5/15/20 - 5/17/20
Litchfield

Every year on the weekend after Mother's Day is the large Appreciation Days event, attended by as many as 5000 people from as far away as Canada, and it features the "Show of Lights Ride" through downtown Litchfield. The Celebration lasts until someone wins a New Gold Wing, F6B, Valkyrie, or Pioneer 1000-5D on Sunday.

Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day
6/6/20
Joliet
It's a galactic event of galactic proportions! There will be food, music, games, memorabilia and a parade! Star Wars artists, authors and exhibitors will all be there to celebrate this HUGE event in downtown Joliet!
2nd Annual Route 66 Weekend in Lincoln Illinois
6/12/20 - 6/14/20
Lincoln

The 2nd Annual Route 66 Weekend in Lincoln Illinois is June 13-15 this year, and incorporates a number of existing events into a special weekend for all. The Route 66 Garage Sales will be taking place all weekend, including at the VFW headquarters across from Postville Courthouse on Old 66. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival, with a special exhibit at The Mill Museum on 66. The Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour will be coming to town Saturday, with their hall of Fame Banquet Saturday night at the American Legion in Lincoln (a ticketed event), and an extended passport stop Sunday morning at The Mill.

50th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/19/20 - 9/20/20
Lincoln

The 50th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will be held Saturday/Sunday September 19 & 20 at locations in Lincoln, Illinois, all of which are located on Historic Route 66 – Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Postville Park, VFW and The Mill Museum. The event is a celebration of the pioneer days that influenced Abraham Lincoln’s early life, including his time as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.

6th Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/15/20 - 10/18/20
Pontiac

Mark your calendars! The 6th annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference will be held in Pontiac, IL Oct 16-18, 2020. Details TBA.

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