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JFK at the ALPLM
2/15/19 - 5/19/19
Springfield
An exhibition of photographs tracing John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 15. Some are iconic images of Camelot, while many have rarely been seen before. “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times” shows Kennedy as a joyful boy playing in the ocean and a troubled president working in the Oval Office, as a public figure adored by crowds and a father alone with his baby daughter. Jacqueline Kennedy is there, too – as a happy bride, an elegant first lady and a heartbroken widow.
2ND ANNUAL SKY VIEW DRIVE-IN SCAVENGER HUNT
4/5/19 - 9/8/19
Litchfield
Following the very successful first Sky View Scavenger Hunt last year, owners Mindy & Nick Pastrovich and Debbie & Mike Pastrovich are back with treasures and discounts for movies that will be hidden throughout the central to southern portions of Route 66. The Sky View Scavenger Hunt involves finding a limited-edition magnet that will be hidden at famous Route 66 locations. Once found, these magnets are to be turned in at the participating business for a special gift and two free tickets to any movie at the Sky View, including the popular Throwback Series of Sunday movies from April through September.
Life on the Titanic
4/13/19 - 10/31/19
Pontiac

On April 13, 2019, coinciding with the date of the ship's maiden voyage, come visit the opening of a Selle-Agner exhibit, "Life on the Titanic".  Presented to portray the life and times of the ship, its passengers, and the elegant Edwardian Age. The items on display are contemporaries of those that sank on the famed ship as well as items from the rescued ship.

Litchfield Pickers Market
4/14/19 - 10/13/19
Litchfield

The Litchfield Pickers Market will return, for its fifth year, every second Sunday of the month from April to October, with the exact 2019 market dates being: April 14, May 12, June 9, July14, August 11, September 8, and October 13. 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!

World Circus Day
4/20/19
Bloomington-Normal
McLean County has been home to a variety of industries throughout its history. One such industry, one which members of this very community may not know about, was that of producing aerialists and circus performers. For more than 80 years, spanning the 1870s until the 1950s, countless numbers of individuals left their mark on history. This year, on World Circus Day, we will celebrate that legacy.
13th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/4/19
Joliet

The 13th 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.

Mother Jones - May Day Celebration
5/5/19
Mt. Olive

You’re Invited to the Annual May Day Celebration at Union Miners Cemetery, presented by Friends of the Mother Jones Museum, City of Mt. Olive & Union Miners Cemetery Board. Featuring: March of the Descendants of the Women’s Auxiliary of Progressive Miners. Also, "Mother Jones in Heaven," a one-act play, presented at the Winery at Shale Lake. Music by Wildflower Conspiracy.

Mother Jones in Heaven Play
5/5/19
Mt. Olive

The Mother Jones Museum at Mount Olive presents a production of the acclaimed play "Mother Jones in Heaven", a musical by Sy Kahn. $10 admission. RSVP is required. Open seating. The Sunday performance will follow the Mother Jones Museum May Day celebration at noon at the Union Miner’s Cemetery.

Old Rugged Barn Presents: Celebrate Momz Craft Show
5/11/19
Towanda
May 11, 2019 will be the first public event at The Old Rugged Barn for the season. There will be 40+ booths in barn on main floor and loft. Outdoor spaces will also be available under the pavilion. This is Mothers' Day weekend and your host Jo Morrison thought moms might like something fun.
5th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival - Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road
5/18/19 - 5/19/19
Chatham

Route 66 enthusiasts and car club members will be motoring on the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, to celebrate the famous “Main Street of America” on the Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition's fourth annual festival weekend. From Chatham south to Collinsville on several historic alignments of Route 66, fourteen communities will be highlighting the Miners, Mobsters, and Mother Road history of this section of Route 66.
2019 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour & Hall of Fame Banquet
6/7/19 - 6/9/19
Lincoln

The 2019 Motor Tour is traveling north to south this year, with the Hall of Fame banquet at the American Legion in Lincoln. Banquet in Lincoln prepared by Kurt Wendlandt, cook at Lincoln College.
22nd Annual Edwardsville Route 66 Festival & Car Cruise-In
6/8/19
Edwardsville
Come get your kicks at this year’s Route 66 Festival! Happening on Saturday, June 8 at City Park, this annual festival is celebrating its 22nd year. The Edwardsville Route 66 Festival has a 10K Race beginning at 8:00 a.m. with activities continuing throughout the day. Other family-friendly fun includes a classic car cruise and car show, family fun zone with bounce houses and a rock wall, bike ride, food vendors, local artists, wine and beer tent and more!
Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66
7/19/19 - 7/21/19
Bloomington-Normal


The Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 has grown in interest and attendance since the Route 66 theme was added to the festival in 2017. The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is expanding its role in the festival this year, announcing a symposium exploring the fascination that Abraham Lincoln had with William Shakespeare’s writings.

Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/8/19 - 8/18/19
Springfield

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!
2019 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/24/19
Berwyn

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! Held annually the last Saturday in August.

Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/19/19 - 9/22/19
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!
18th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
9/27/19 - 9/29/19
Springfield

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 27-29 for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment! Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66...the cars, the music, the food, the friends - all brought together along Illinois Route 66.

5th Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/17/19 - 10/20/19
Bloomington-Normal
Mark your calendars! The fifth annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference will be held in Normal, Illinois, from October 17-20, 2019. The theme is the circus, as Bloomington-Normal was home to famous aerial acts, who sometimes traveled Route 66 with the circus. There will be other Route 66 sessions, and a car show on Sunday.
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