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A diagonal cut across connect Chicago to St. Louis, most of Route 66 in Illinois is a rural ride. Despite the urban ends, much of its almost 436-mile trek pass along the flatlands and small towns with wide open vistas. Plan eight hours to drive the Illinois section (or two – three days with stops).

Springfield, IL is the only state capitol along 66, (if you don’t count Santa Fe, NM on an alternate route) and has preserved its sections of Route 66. Most of the small towns play up their Route 66 roots, and have at least one true landmark. East St. Louis isn’t the most scenic, although once you cross the Mississippi, it does improve.

Designated as a National Scenic Byway on September 22, 2005.

Illinois 66 Associations

Route 66 Association of Illinois

Illinois 66

 

Art-guarding lions

Art-guarding lions

This museum is home to one of the best and most diverse art collections in the world, including George Seurat’s enormous “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Be sure to see Marc Chagall’s breathtaking “America Windows”(tribute to America’s bicentennial), as well…

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Union Station – Route 66 meets Amtrak

Union Station – Route 66 meets Amtrak

You may remember the famous baby carriage on the stairs scene in “The Untouchables.” The magnificent Union Station is located between westbound and eastbound Route 66. Originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham, (”Make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”)…

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Begin your Route 66 adventure here.

Begin your Route 66 adventure here.

Welcome to Illinois 66! Currently Adams Street at Michigan Avenue is marked as the starting point, Route 66 never officially departed from there. The start of Route 66 has moved a few times. First, Route 66 began on Jackson Blvd. at Michigan Ave. In 1933,…

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