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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.
Niehaus Cycle Sales 34th Annual Customer Appreciation Days
5/15/20 - 9/1/20
Litchfield

Event postponed to late summer - check website for details. 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.

Old Capitol Farmers Market
5/16/20 - 10/31/20
Springfield
The 21st summer season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market starts Saturday, May 16 and takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm through October 31, 2020. Farmers Markets are considered an Essential Service during COVID-19.
Old Joliet Prison Tours
6/1/20 - 10/31/20
Joliet
Beginning June 1st, tours will take place seven days a week! Visitors will be allowed inside the limestone walls to explore the Old Joliet Prison's 16-acre grounds, and while tours will be limited to outdoor areas only to comply with the Governor's Restore Illinois plan, there will be plenty to see including 24 new Interpretive Signs with historical prison photos!
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Reopening with New Exhibit on "Fear and Freedom in America"
7/1/20 - 12/30/20
Springfield
After a series of changes to protect visitor health, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is finalizing plans to reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 1. Visitors will find the facility has been meticulously cleaned and disinfected, and protective barriers have been installed in key places to ensure guest and employee safety. Museum-goers will be also be encouraged to stay one “Lincoln” apart – 6 feet, 4 inches, the equivalent of President Lincoln’s height. 
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... Lift off! Registration for Futures in History Camp 2.0
7/6/20 - 8/7/20
Bloomington-Normal
There is no time like the present to learn from the past and start shaping our future. From law to archaeology, architecture, museum studies, and environmental science, there is a future for everyone at Futures in History Camp 2.0!
Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 - Cancelled
7/18/20 - 7/19/20
Bloomington-Normal
(Bloomington-Normal) In the interest of the safety of our community, volunteers, partners, and organizers, in light of the continued COVID-19 situation regionally and nationally, it is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors for Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 (LF66) announce the cancellation of the July 18, 2020 annual festival.
Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/13/20 - 8/23/20
Springfield

EVENT CANCELLED - The 2020 Illinois State Fair has been cancelled. The 2021 Illinois State fair is scheduled for August 12-22, 2021. You get everything you can possibly imagine when you attend the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this August, including top-notch performers at the grandstand shows!

D'Arcy Route 66 Classic
8/15/20
Joliet
EVENT CANCELLED. Route 66 Raceway welcomes the return of the D'Arcy Buick GMC Route 66 Classic on August 15, 2020. While in its ninth year, the event has recently been reimagined and loaded with an unprecedented level of content that will not only pay homage to early drag racing and hot rod culture but will present a quarter-mile blast down memory lane for any historical enthusiast.
2020 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/22/20
Berwyn

EVENT CANCELLED. The 2020 Berwyn Car Show has been cancelled. Check back for 2021 - we hope it will return to the fourth Saturday in August. The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is the area's best and biggest car show born from the rich automotive heritage of Berwyn's Historic Route 66. Berwyn's show takes visitors on a stroll through 500+ vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Highlights include live music, automobile flamethrowing and a cacklefest of dragsters that will thrill spectators! Be sure to visit Svengoolie from 2-4pm!

Litchfield Pickers Market - Updated Schedule
9/13/20 - 10/11/20
Litchfield

The City of Litchfield and the Litchfield Tourism Office is postponing the grand opening of the Litchfield Pickers Market until September 13, 2020. Per the advice of the Federal Government to extend the social distancing guidelines, vendor and public safety is the number one priority at these events. We appreciate the support our patrons have given us throughout the years and we look forward to bringing you an epic market on September 13. Stay well. Keep calm and pick on!

Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/17/20 - 9/20/20
Dwight

Dwight's premiere annual event is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy pie baking and pie eating contests, hypnosis/magician, Jr. Karaoke contest, Live Country Music, Live Dixieland Band, All Star Jam Band, Hairbanger's Ball, car show, tractor show and hours of fun!
50th Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/19/20 - 9/20/20
Lincoln

Event postponed until 2021! 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.

2020 Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
9/25/20 - 9/27/20
Springfield

EVENT CANCELLED- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and within the guidelines of the Restore Illinois’ Phased Reopening Plan, the Board of Directors for Illinois Route 66 Events, Inc. has announced that the 2020 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival, scheduled for September 25-27, will be cancelled for this year. The cancellation includes the Travel Expo, which is run by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.

26th Annual Cemetery Walk to debut on a digital platform
10/3/20 - 11/2/20
Bloomington-Normal
Following a milestone 25th anniversary, the McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Voices Theatre, and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery are excited to announce that the 26th annual Evergreen Cemetery Walk will be reimagined for online enjoyment this coming Fall 2020.
6th Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/15/20 - 10/18/20
Pontiac

Postponed until 2021! The 6th annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference will be held in Pontiac, IL.

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