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Litchfield Community Profile & Itinerary
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The oldest diner and the last remaining original drive in theater on Route 66 are just a couple of things to consider during your visit to Litchfield. Learn all about the city’s history and connection to Route 66 at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center. Take a cruise down Route 66, a leisurely stroll through downtown or a swim in Lake Lou Yaeger. Litchfield is a community with warm hospitality and is a great choice for an affordable night's stay, a bite to eat, or an unforgettable weekend getaway. The Montgomery County city has a population of 7,012.


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Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center
This new museum is located where the Vic Suhling gas station once stood. The retro design of the building, with exterior neon trim and restored neon Suhling sign welcomes visitors. The museum houses historical artifacts of Litchfield and showcases Litchfield’s relationship with Route 66. Admission is free.
334 North Historic Route 66
(217) 324-3510
Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center


Ariston Café
Pete Adam started the Ariston Café in nearby Carlinville in 1924. When the Mother Road was rerouted in 1929, Pete leased a new building in Litchfield. The Ariston’s great reputation for service, excellent food and unbelievable desserts led Pete to relocate across the street in 1935 to his own building that still stands today. The family still offers the same wonderful food and great service that it has for over 90 years. It is said to be the oldest café on Route 66.The Ariston was named to the National Register of Historic Places and is in the Route 66 Hall of Fame
413 North Historic Route 66
(217) 324-2023
Ariston Café Official Website


Jubelt’s Bakery
Jubelt’s is a third generation family business that began as a bakery in Mt. Olive, IL in 1922. Jubelt’s has been in Litchfield since 1952 and on Route 66 since 1982. In the last 90 years, the bakery has adapted to meet the changing lifestyles and the demands of customers, much like The Mother Road. A full service bakery, Jubelt’s features homemade soups, salads, handformed burgers, specialty sandwiches, dinners, and fresh bakery items such as donuts, Danish, cinnamon rolls, pies, pastries, cookies, cakes, bread, and much more. Stop by and bring a healthy appetite. Jubelt’s was inducted in 2017 into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame.
303 North Historic Route 66
(217) 324-5314
Jubelt’s Bakery Official Website


Lake Lou Yaeger Recreation Area
Lake Lou Yaeger is a 1,400 acre lake popular with boaters and fishers. A 300-acre park along its shores includes picnic areas, playgrounds, campgrounds, beach, Route 66 hike/bike trail and horse trails with full-service campground. Located on the South-East side of Lake Lou Yaeger, the 266 acre Shoal Creek Conservation Area has two easy hiking trails. This beautiful area is home to well over 700 species of plants, 70 species of butterflies, and 70 species of breeding birds. Enjoy a self-guided tour through native prairie lands, shoreline woods, and take in the magnificent views of the lake and surrounding areas. To get the most out of your visit to Lake Lou Yaeger, bring a pair of binoculars and try to spot the area’s Bald Eagles.
4313 Beach House Trail
(217) 324-5832
Lake Lou Yaeger Recreation Area Official Website


Sky View Drive in Theatre
The Sky View opened in the spring of 1951 and has been in seasonal operation since. It is the last remaining original operating drive-in theatre on Route 66 in Illinois. Inducted in 1998 into the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame.
1500 North Historic Route 66
(217) 324-4451
Sky View Drive In Theatre Official Website


Litchfield Carnegie Library Building
This library was originally funded by industrialist and notable philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, in 1904. The building is located in downtown Litchfield in the original building designed by architect Paul Moratz in the Classical Revival style.
400 North State Street
(217) 324-3866
Litchfield Carnegie Library Official Website


Niehaus Cycle Sales
Niehaus Cycle Sales, Inc. is a family owned business that started in 1970 by the late William Niehaus, and now is operated by all three of his sons. In 1971, the business was incorporated and acquired a Yamaha franchise. In 1976 a Honda franchise was added. The current location, which was renovated in 1999, is housed in a retro building with exterior neon trim themed to Route 66. The 12,000+ square ft. main showroom offers, in addition to the latest Yamaha and Honda motorcycles, more than 10,000 parts and accessories that are on display. Niehaus hosts an annual gathering in May that attracts over 5000 people.
718 North Old Route 66
(217) 324-6565
Niehaus Cycle Sales, Inc. Official Website

Nancy’s Pizza
Located in the hotel district in Litchfield, Nancy’s Pizza is well-known for their Chicago-style stuffed pizza, thin crust pizza pies and many delicious types of pasta. They have been recognized by the restaurant industry and the media for numerous accolades, including for being one of America’s Top Pizza Chains. Mike Ditka, retired Hall of Fame NFL football player, former NFL coach and TV commentator, is the company’s official spokesperson, adviser and “taster”. Now you can enjoy Nancy’s Pizza in downstate Illinois!
13 Thunderbird Circle
(217) 324-0707
Nancy’s Pizza Official Website

Litchfield, Illinois Route 66 Experience Hub and Wayside Exhibits

"Drive In" and Enjoy
Glowing neon signs lined Route 66 through Litchfield, beckoning travelers to stop at service stations, hotels, and restaurants. Local farmers woke at dawn to drive their trucks loaded with cattle to the East St. Louis Stockyards. Litchfield residents gathered in cafes to share news and socialize. These places nurtured a sense of community, which continues today.
The Ariston Cafe
Eat a delicious meal across the street at the Ariston, one of the oldest operating restaurants on Route 66. The neon signs still beckon travelers, as they did when it moved to its current location in 1935.
Sky View Drive In
Enjoy an outdoor movie at the Sky View Drive In, located just north of here along the 1940-1977 Route 66 alignment. Opened in 1950, it is the last original Route 66 drive-in theater in Illinois.

Litchfield Experience Hub
Visit this informational Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway exhibit located at Niehaus Cycle Sales.


MAJOR EVENTS

Litchfield Pickers Market

Every second Sunday of the month from April – October

This open air market, specializing in items prior to 1980 and refurbished vintage and antique items, brings hundreds of vendors to the streets of downtown Litchfield. Entertainment and food available.

Downtown Litchfield- Beginning on Union Avenue & State Street

Litchfield Pickers Market Official Website

Niehaus Cycle Sales Customer Appreciation Days

May 19-21, 2018

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!

The event features live music, vendors, drawings, parts specials, food vendors, deom rides, factory reps, door prizes, giveaways and great family fun. Tickets are now on sale.

Niehaus Cycle Sales

718 North Old Route 66

(217) 324-6565

Niehause Cycle Sales Customer Appreciation Days Official Website

4th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival

June 8, 2018

The Blue Carpet Corridor, from Chatham down to Collinsville (including Edwardsville), is a unique section of Route 66 characterized not only by its Mother Road charm, but also its rich mining history and colorful mobster lore. Route 66 is known for its quirky attractions, roadside hospitality, and family fun. And on the second weekend in June, the blue carpet will be rolled out to welcome thousands of travelers.

(618) 307-5049

Blue Carpet Corridor Official Website

Freedom Fun Run - July

The 16th Annual, 5K Freedom Fun Run / Walk takes place in July 2018 at Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area #3. Embrace your patriotic side this 4th of July at the 5K Freedom Fun Run in Litchfield, IL! All ages are welcome. If you cannot run, you are welcome to walk.
The course starts at Picnic Area #3 at Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield, IL (1 Primitive Lane) and winds through the scenic lake area. Two water stops; course marshal at all intersections. The race will be electronically timed. $25 cash prize and medal to overall male and female finisher. Run rain or shine. Results will be posted at www.mmmultisport.com.

Lake Lou Yaeger

3 Primitive Lane

(217) 324-8147

Freedom Fun Run Official Website

Litchfield Triathlou: Sprint, Olympic, and Half Distances - September

The Annual Litchfield Triathlou is back and ready to help you smash your best performance during the peak season for racing! First you better believe you will be getting the 2018 Official Litchfield Triathlou Hoodie! By now there are many of you collecting these hoodies as they provide comfort, warmth, and style all in one. Aside from the hoodie we will hook you up with a finisher medal, free photos, and a race experience you’ll never forget!
Swimming in Lake Lou Yaeger is the best OWS you will have in the midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout. You want freebies, speed, and camaraderie then you better get to the Litchfield Triathlou Sprint, Olympic, and Half Triathlons!

Lake Lou Yaeger Beach House

4313 Beach House Trail

(317) 625-2223

Litchfield Triathlou: Sprint, Olympic and Half Distances Official Website

Golden Eagle Intertribal Pow Wow - September

This is a gathering of many Nations to honor and show our respects to all veterans. Everyone is encouraged to come and learn about Native American cultures. There will be storytelling for young and old, children’s dances, treats and gifts, handcrafted vendors, food, auctions, raffles, and much more. Many representatives from different Tribal Nations include: Powhatan, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Cree, Choctaw, Sac/Fox, Pottawatomi, Oneida, Navaho/Dine, Lakota, Cheyenne, Kickapoo, Mohawk, and more.

Lake Lou Yaeger Picnic Area

4 Marina Lane

(217) 851-2206

Golden Eagle Intertribal Pow Wow Official Website

West Fork Encampment - October

The West Fork Encampment is a journey through history you do not want to miss! It is a historical reenactment that showcases traditional military and frontier life from 1750-1820. Admission is free, parking is free.

Lake Lou Yaeger Picnic Area

4 Marina Lane

West Fork Encampment Official Website

Route 66 Half Marathon - October

RaceMaker Productions is excited to announce the Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash! If you are looking to race your best half marathon ever, with perfect late fall running conditions, on the fastest course in the midwest-then this is Your Race! The course is closed to all thru traffic, and brings out great volunteers for athlete & course support, we also have tons of fun signage to keep you both informed and entertained throughout your run. Add awesome Swag shirts and Custom Die Cast Finisher medals and you have a perfect late season race! Join us this year for a Race Down Memory Lane in Litchfield, Illinois on beautiful Route 66!

Skyview Drive In

1500 N. Historic Route 66

317-625-2223

Route 66 Half Marathon Official Website


AMENITIES

Litchfield, Illinois

City of Litchfield Official Website

Litchfield, Illinois

Visit Litchfield Official Website

Litchfield Accommodations

Baymont Inn and Suites

Join us at our Baymont Inn & Suites Litchfield hotel. The iconic Route 66 weaves through our area, offering history, charm, and historic sites dating back to the Roaring Twenties. If your travels bring you to the area for business, major companies like Teleflex Marine, Schutt Sports, ITW Building Components Group, Morton Buildings, and Pioneer Seed are headquartered near our hotel.

1405 W Hudson Dr

(217) 718-5526

Baymont Inn and Suites Official Website

Hampton Inn

Discover the charms of life along Route 66 at Hampton Inn, conveniently located near the Litchfield exit on Interstate 55. Guests enjoy an indoor pool, laundry facilities, exercise room, meeting rooms for business and other gatherings, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi in our comfortable hotel rooms and ample large-vehicle parking. Pets are welcome.

11 Thunderbird Circle

217-324-4441

Hampton Inn Official Website

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Litchfield

Litchfield’s newest hotel is located just off I-55 and nearby Route 66. The beautiful four story facility has 79 rooms, a salt water pool with therapeutic jets, well equipped fitness center, high speed wifi, 24 hour business center and an over 1,000 square foot well equipped meeting room. The hotel is custom decorated with beautiful Route 66 photography and décor throughout. This facility is owned by descendants of the Mansholt family of Litchfield, who owned several hotel properties in the city in the heyday of Route 66.

West 4 Thunderbird Circle

(217) 324-4556

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Litchfield Official Website

Quality Inn

The Quality Inn® hotel is conveniently located on Historic Old Route 66. During their stay, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy camping, fishing and boating at nearby Lake Lou Yaeger. The Sky View Drive-In Theatre, one of the last operating drive-in movie theaters on historic Route 66 in Illinois, is a short drive from the hotel. A variety of shops and restaurants can be found within walking distance including the famous Ariston Cafe.

1010 East Columbian N. Blvd.

(217) 324-9260

Quality Inn Official Website

Super 8

Rely on Super 8 Litchfield hotel to provide value during your travels. Enjoy close proximity to shops and dining in downtown Litchfield and outdoor recreation on Lake Lou Yaeger. If you arrive in a truck, bus or RV, our hotel features ample large-vehicle parking. We offer a free continental breakfast.

211 Ohren Lane

(217) 324-7788

Super 8 Official Website

America’s Best Value Inn

Take a trip back in time by visiting the Hall of Fame sites situated along historic U.S. Route 66. Experience the nostalgia of three miles of original “Mother Road” highway while driving through Litchfield. We are also near Lake Lou Yaeger, Westside Cinema, Lincoln Land Community College and within walking distance of the Ariston Cafe, one of the oldest restaurants along Old Route 66. The America’s Best Value Inn offers free continental breakfast and coffee, and plenty of free parking.

224 N. Ohren Lane

217-324-2181

America’s Best Value Inn Official Website

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Litchfield, IL
62056

Contact
217-324-8147
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