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Atlanta Library & Museum
Race Street
The octagon-shaped building is one of the few in Illinois. It features classic details of the 1840’s with solid oak woodwork. A Seth Thomas clock tower is on the library lawn; it must be hand cranked every 8 days. National Register of Historic Places.

Atlanta’s Bunyon Giant
103 SW Arch St. (Old Rt. 66)
Originally located in front of Bunyon’s restaurant on Rt. 66 in Cicero, Illinois, the Bunyon Giant now welcomes Rt. 66 travelers to Atlanta, Illinois.

J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator & Museum
Built early 1900, this is one of the few wooden grain elevators still in existence. Come and see the museum too.

Rt. 66 Advertising Sign
Arch Street
A 70-by-10 foot reproduction of sign painted in 1898.



Coliseum Antique Mall
I-55 Exit 44, 4 mi to Benld left on Rt. 4, S. Main & Central Ave.
13,000 sq ft of shopping, 13 acres for outside selling.


The Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Catholicon of the Patriarchal Russian Orthodox Catholic Church
300 N. 4th St.
Jurisdiction: Patriarchate of Moscow and all Russia. Established in 1907 by a group of Russian immigrants who lived and labored in Benld, built homes and reared their families while adding their customs and ideas to the ever-mixing cultures that we find in our great country. The church was rebuilt after a fire in 1915 and renovated in 1989. 217-835-2202

Hot Metal Heaven Museum
On Highway 138, Central & Main St.
Collection of letterpress printing memorabilia. Open 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm Mon-Sat.


Beer Nuts® (Shirk Products) Inc.,
103 N. Robinson St.
The only place in the world where Beer Nuts® are manufactured.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
110 E. Mulberry St.
The newly renovated center is home to the American Passion Play and hosts many other events throughout the year.

Bloomington Cultural District
107 E. Chestnut St.
A three block art, education, and entertainment complex currently being developed in Bloomington. Centered around the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, the Cultural District will also include a new Festival Park and Creativity Center for arts education.

The Castle Theater
209 E. Washington St.
The area’s only independently owned and operated movie theater. The Castle Theater has recaptured some of that old time magic while adding some modern perks.

Challenger Learning Center at Prairie Aviation Museum
2901 E. Empire Rd.
Through scheduled team missions, the Challenger Learning Center promotes leadership, communications, problem-solving and critical thinking skills while supporting our country’s goals of improving science, math, and technology education.

David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
1000 E. Monroe St.
Judge David Davis’s estate offers a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy and powerful of its day. Davis helped Abraham Lincoln win the 1860 Presidential nomination; Lincoln appointed Davis to the U.S. Supreme Court. Explore the mansion’s Victorian furnishings and the most modern conveniences of the late 1800’s.

Grady’s Family Fun Center
1501 Morrissey Dr.
Grady’s offers the entire family fun with an 18-hole miniature golf course, batting cages, bumper boats, arcade, and kiddy rides.

Illinois Coaches Association Golf Hall of Fame
502 Sale Barn Rd.
Located at Prairie Vista Golf Course. This hall honors Illinois high school coaches and others for their efforts on behalf of Junior Golfers and high school golf at the local, state, and national levels of the game.

Illinois Wesleyan University
This academically acclaimed private university covers 60 acres. Special features include the Evelyn Chapel, which has won international acclaim for architecture and interior design. The chapel has a Casavant Freres organ with more than 1,650 pipes.

McLean County Arts Center
Comprised of two art galleries, three classrooms, and a gift gallery, it is one of the oldest art organizations in the Midwest.

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St.
The history of this area from the Kickapoo Indians to early European settlers, sites where Lincoln practiced law, and the thriving community of today. See the desk that Lincoln used or the baseball pitched in the first completed World Series.

Miller Park Pavilion War Memorials
1020 S. Morris Ave.
Restored in 1977 and is quite impressive with its rambling porches, chandelier lighting, and interesting design. The Korean/Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in May of 1988 is a black granite memorial surrounding by red sidewalks, engraved with names of Central Illinois residents.

Miller Park Zoo
1020 S. Morris Ave.
From lumbering Galapagos tortoises to frolicking California sea lions and a mysterious Sumatran tiger the Miller Park Zoo provides an adventure every time. The new Rainforest exhibit with its colorful tropical birds welcomes visitors year round.

Pepsi Ice Center
201 S. Roosevelt
An indoor public ice skating facility offering skate rental, lessons, a hockey program, and public ice skating sessions.

Prairie Aviation Museum
Bloomington-Normal Airport
Frontage Rd.
Boasting a restored 1942 DC-3, Huey Helicopter, Bell Sea Cobra, USAF T-38 Talon, a Lindbergh display and much more.

Upper Limits Rock Gym
1304 W. Washington St.
With over 20,000 square feet, it is one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Perfect for both the advanced climber or the beginner. Enjoy rock climbing either indoors while climbing one of the 65 feet tall silos or by rappelling 120 feet off the top of a building.

U.S. Cellular Coliseum
101 S. Madison St.
This premier entertainment center hosts the Bloomington Extreme and the Bloomington Prairie Thunder, the professional football and hockey league teams. Holds 8,000 seats for concerts and conferences year round.



Constitution Trail
Enjoy outdoor recreational activities on this 24 mile multi-use trail throughout Bloomington & Normal. New developments are continually being added due to the trail’s popularity.


Pig Hip
Originally the Harbor Inn, opened in 1937. Owner Ernie Edwards created the famous Pig Hip sandwich which became an instant hit. Today, the restaurant serves as a Route 66 memorabilia museum.



Carlinville Historic District
Nearly one-third of the only Carlinville in the world, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in Illinois in 1976.

Macoupin County Courthouse
200 E. Main St.
Dubbed the “Million Dollar Courthouse” it was once the largest courthouse in the United States.

Macoupin County Historical Museum
Breckenridge St.
The museum features numerous items from Macoupin County’s past.
217-854-2850 or 217-854-8916

Macoupin County Jail
Built in 1869 by the same architect as the courthouse, using the “cannon ball” method to prevent escapes.

Standard Addition
Is the largest collection of Sears & Roebuck Mail Order Homes in the U.S. 152 of the original 156 homes are still standing in this section of Carlinville.


Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
This covered bridge crosses Sugar Creek about three-quarters of a mile west of I-55 and three miles south of the Lake Springfield Bridge in Sangamon County. It was built around 1880 by Thomas Black and has a 60 ft. clear span.


Matthew T. Scott Home
227 N. First St.
The home of agriculturalist, Matthew T. Scott and wife Julia Green Scott, one of the founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tours by appointment only. 815-945-4555



The Railsplitter
World’s largest covered wagon, on historic Rt. 66, at Pawnee exit 82 off I-55.


Ambler/Becker Texaco Station
417 W. Waupansie St.
Old Route 66. Was one of the last original Route 66 gas stations to be in operation. Listed on the National Register.

Bank of Dwight
132 E. Main St.
Oldest business in the village, opening in 1855. The Greek classic designed building has an original mural painted by Viennese artist, Oskar Gross, displayed on the dome.


The Country Mansion
101 W. South St.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, was built in 1891. Used as a private home by John Oughton, one of the founders of the Keeley Institute.

Alton Railroad Depot
119 W. Main St.
Built in 1891 and designed by Henry Ives Cobb, this building was restored in the 1980’s. It currently houses the Dwight Historical Society Museum. It is listed on the National Register.

First National Bank of Dwight
122 W. Main St.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed and engineered the building in 1905. It remains the only one of his three designed banks still standing.

Pioneer Gothic Church
201 N. Franklin St.
Built in 1858, restored in 1968, was visited by the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward II, while on a hunting expedition in the area. Listed on the National Register. 815-584-3077

Prairie Creek Library District
501 Carriage House Lane
Built in 1896 as a carriage house housing cattle and horses for the Oughton estate. Later transformed into a treatment and recreation building for the Keeley Company. In 1989, it was donated to the Library District and has been transformed into the Village Library. 815-584-1652

Wm. Fox Development Center
134 W. Main St.
Currently operated by the State of Illinois as a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities, this is the original site of the Keeley Company and Institute and the Livingston Hotel. Tours available.

The Windmill
101 W. South St.
Built in 1896 and restored in 2005, this village landmark, listed on the National Register, supplied water to the historic Keeley Institute.



Elkhart Hill
Once owned by John Dean Gillett known as the Cattle King of Illinois, historic cemeteries, a family owned chapel, for tours call Elkhart Historical Society.

John P. Gillett Memorial Arch
County Rd. 10
This historic bridge was commissioned by former Illinois First Lady Emma Gillett Oglesby in 1915 as a memorial to her brother.



Illinois State University Farm Research Facility
25578 ISU Farm Lane
Book your tours or see a listing of special events online.

Route 66 Memory Lane
1 mile of original unused stretch of Route 66 north of Lexington. It has been restored back to the 1940’s.


The Christening Scene
Broadway & Chicago Street area
On August 27, 1853, the first lots were sold in the new town of Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln took a watermelon, broke it open, and with its juice christened the new community.

Heritage In-Flight Museum
Logan County Airport
1351 Airport Road
The museum is filled with memorabilia from all the military conflicts dating back to World War I.

Lincoln College Museum
300 Keokuk Street
The repository of a large collection of manuscripts, artifacts, and other memorabilia relating to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The college also houses the Museum of Presidents, to honor the Chief Executives from Washington to the present day.
217-732-3155, Ext. 295

Logan County Courthouse
Erected in 1905, the courthouse is located on the square, which is a historic district. It houses county offices and records, a statue of Lincoln, murals plus historical display cases.

Postville Courthouse State Historic Site
914 Fifth St.
A reproduction of the first Logan County Courthouse in use from 1840 to1847. Abraham Lincoln served as a lawyer on the Eighth Judicial Circuit.



Ariston Cafe
South Route 66
Founded in 1924, believed to be one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66.

Carnegie Public Library
400 Block North State Street
Original 1904 architecture, houses one of the most complete genealogy departments in the surrounding area.

Historic Wabash Train Depot
500 W. Union Ave.
Historic train depot preserved outside in traditional architecture. Inside renovated and now houses specialty shops.

Lake Lou Yaeger
Beautiful 1500 acre lake, 2 marinas, beach, boating, water skiing, horseback riding trails, camping, and picnic areas.

Shoal Creek Nature Conservation Area
This 266-acre area provides 700 species of plants and 70 different kinds of butterflies. The trails wind through woods, fields, and lakeshore. Great for hikers, birders, and photographers. Open late Mar-Oct.

Skate Zone
Indoor skating rink.

Sky View Drive-In Theatre
Continuously operating since 1950. Located on Historic Old Rt. 66. Open mid April to Memorial Day Fri-Sun. Memorial Day to Labor Day 7 nights a week. Week after Labor Day-end of October Fri-Sun $1/person (under 6 free) and on Thu. nights $3/carload. 217-324-4451

Walton Park
Home of the first Litchfield Chautauqua, where Williams Jennings Bryan & Carrie Nation spoke in 1905.



Mother Jones Monument
In the Union Miners Cemetery, honors the crusader for coal miners’ rights. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Soulsby’s Rt. 66 Gas Station
One of Central/Southern Illinois’ most historic Route 66 landmarks, was in constant operation from 1926 to 1992 with the same owner.



Anderson Family Aquatic Center
100 S. Maple with access off College Ave.
Check out the two waterslides in the training pool and areas for relaxing. The kiddy water play area is a zero depth area complete with a small waterslide, water cannons, a submarine play/slide structure and lots of spray toys. Seasonal hours.

Children’s Discovery Museum
101 E. Beaufort St.
Explore, imagine, create, and play with three floors of unique, hands-on, larger than life exhibits; climb into the two-story Lucky Climber; join in the fun of new exciting educational programs and shop at the Discover More! Store.

Ecology Action Center
202 W. College Ave.
This is a walk-in information and environment education center for individuals and groups providing practical workshops and exhibits. Nature walks, special events, and educational field trips are also available.

Fairview Family Aquatic Center
800 N. Main St.
There are several exciting amenities for children, adults, and families to enjoy including: a zero depth pool, four waterslides (two that drop 42 feet), water spray toys, sand volleyball, and full service concessions.

Illinois State University
Founded in 1857 with much of the original legal work completed by Abraham Lincoln, Illinois State University was the first public university in the State and the tenth oldest state teacher’s school in the nation. Call for tours.

Illinois State University Art Galleries
110 Center for the Visual Arts
The Three ISU Art Galleries hold nearly 20 annual exhibitions.

Illinois State University Planetarium
College Ave. and School St.
The majesty of a night sky is recreated in a celestial theater in-the-round. Tours by appointment.
Public showing 309-438-5007; Private showing 309-438-8756

Normal Theater
209 North St.
Completely restored to its original condition when it opened in 1937. It was the first theater in Bloomington-Normal specifically designed for sound films. Today it shows classic movies, art films, and also hosts live theatre and music.
309-454-9720 or 309-454-9722

Shoppes at College Hills
Veterans Parkway
An open-air lifestyle center and is Bloomington/ Normal’s newest and most unique retail destination. The exciting blend of retailers and restaurants includes more than 25 specialty stores.

Stevenson Memorial Room
Stevenson Hall
Beaufort & School Streets
Memorabilia of Adlai E. Stevenson II, former governor of Illinois, ambassador to the United Nations, and two time presidential candidate.

Mitsubishi Motors North America
100 N. Mitsubishi Motorway
The only Mitsubishi plant in North America offers tours for individuals as well as groups. Find out how more than 1,000 robots assist in building six different models of Mitsubishi automobiles.
Call 800-433-8226



Standard Oil Gasoline Station
213 S. Front St.
National Register of Historic Places, built in 1932. Located on SW side of Odell on Old Rt. 66.



Catherine V. Yost Museum
298 W. Water St.
The Yost House was built in 1898 by Z.E. Yost. The museum portrays the life of an upper life middle class family during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Dargon Park Sculptures
Madison & Fountain
“Seasons of Life,” rusty in appearance, standing 25 ft. tall, the three sculptures symbolize the human “changes” or “seasons” of growth during our lives. Barry Tinsley, sculptor & artist, completed the design, construction and erection of the figures.

Humiston Woods Nature Preserve
400 acres, woods hiking, pond, Vermillion River and 15 acres of restored prairie.


The Jones House
314 E. Madison St.
A Gothic Revival brick house built in 1858, it is the oldest brick home in Pontiac.


Livingston County Courthouse
On the square in downtown Livingston
The courthouse was built in 1875 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Old City Hall Shoppes
321 N. Main St.
20 craft & antique shops under one roof in this historic, old city hall.

Route 66 Hall of Fame
Located in the old City Firehouse
Step back in time and travel the “Mother Road.” Displays, memorabilia and much more. 815-844-IL66 or Pontiac Tourism 800-835-2055

Three Swinging Bridges
Pontiac is the only city in Central Illinois with three swinging bridges, one built in the early 1900’s.



Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
(IL Historical Research Library & Lincoln Collection)
112 N. 6th St.
The premier repository for materials relating to the history of Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N. 6th St.
Enabling visitors to experience the entire Lincoln story for themselves, under one roof-in a modern television control room on Election Night, 1860, the Blue Room of the White House, an Indiana log cabin, Ford’s Theatre, and twin special effects theatres featuring multi-screens, state-of-the-art projection technology that uses twenty-first century advancements to immerse visitors in the 19th century.

Adams Wildlife Sanctuary
2315 E. Clear Lake Ave.
An oasis located in the center of town, the sanctuary is open for hiking or strolling the one mile nature trail.

Boulder Creek Fun Park
2400 Hilton Head Dr.
Two 18-hole adventure golf courses, eight multi-speed batting cages, lighted driving range, and specialty ice cream shop. Open Apr 1–Nov 1.

Camp Butler National Cemetery
5063 Camp Butler Rd., Rt. 36 East
Once the site of a Union Civil War training camp and Confederate prison, now a cemetery for veterans and their dependants.

Cozy Dog Drive In
2935 S. 6th St.
This traditional Rt. 66 diner is a part of the history of Springfield when inventor Ed Waldmire introduced the Cozy Dog “famous hot dog on a stick” at the Lake Springfield Beach House and at the Illinois State Fair in 1946.

Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site
301 E. Lawrence
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the house was built in 1902. It is the most perfectly preserved example of early Wright architecture, art glass, and furniture in the country. 217-782-6776

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum
503 S. Walnut
A complete set of the “War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies,” medals, photos, currency, drums, and uniforms of the Civil War. 217-544-0616

Edwards Place
700 N. 4th St.
Built in 1833, this mansion was the center of Springfield’s social and political life. It now provides visitors with an interesting tour and a gallery filled with contemporary art. 217-523-2631

Elijah Iles House
628 S. 7th St.
Experience this historic Greek Revival-style house once owned by a founder of Springfield, Elijah Iles. The recently restored house has changing exhibits related to Springfield’s history.

The Executive Mansion
410 E. Jackson St.
The third-oldest continuously occupied governor’s mansion in the nation. The 16 rooms open to the public include the state dining room, a magnificent library, and the Lincoln bedroom.

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum
629 S. 7th
A large assortment of Civil War memorabilia, including tintype by Civil War photographer Matthew Brady.

Henson Robinson Zoo

1100 E. Lake Drive
Home to more than 300 animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia, and North/South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits.

Illinois Fire Museum
Central Ave. & Main St., Old Firehouse located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Building #7
See antique fire services memorabilia, art works, sculptures, and one of the nation’s largest collection of firefighter patches.

Illinois Korean War Memorial
Oak Ridge Cemetery
The names of 1,752 Illinois veterans killed in action are engraved on the granite walls as well as quotes from all of the branches of the Armed Forces.

Illinois State Capitol
2nd St. & Capitol Ave.
The center of state government, the new Capitol building is the home of the Illinois General Assembly.

Illinois State Military Museum
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. (Camp Lincoln)
The museum is committed to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the military heritage of the State of Illinois.

Illinois State Museum
Spring & Edwards Streets
Come see us at the Illinois State Museum. Discover 500 million years of changing Illinois environments, marvel at the creations of renowned artists, explore past and present life-ways, and much more – all for FREE!

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum
3936 N. Peoria Rd.
Preserves Illinois State Police’s history which began in 1923. The museum showcases ISP’s proud heritage through educational exhibits of uniforms, badges, photographs, and more. We also feature a collection of vintage squad cars.

Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Oak Ridge Cemetery
This memorial pays tribute to Illinoisans’ who served in Vietnam. Names of KIA’s, POW’s, and MIA’s are listed on the striking black & gray granite walls.

Kicks Family Entertainment Center
2744 S. 6th St.
Happy Hollow with go-karts, NASCAR simulators, video/redemption games, and more. Ultimate buffet.

Knight’s Action Park, Caribbean Water Adventure/Route 66 Drive In Theatre
Chatham Rd. & Recreation Dr.
A 62-acre family park featuring a giant waterslide, “Caribbean Wild River,” “Seal Bay” – a children’s water spray-ground, “The Devil Ray” waterslide, wave pool, 50 tee golf driving range, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, go karts, pedal boats, and twin drive-in theatre.

Lawrence Memorial Library
101 E. Laurel St.
This working library, located in the Lawrence Education Center, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Susan Lawrence Dana. The library was restored in 1992 and contains information about Frank Lloyd Wright.

Lincoln Depot
10th & Monroe
Abraham Lincoln boarded the train to Washington, D.C. before his inauguration as president. The Depot now has exhibits and a multimedia presentation.
217-544-8695 or 217-788-1356

Lincoln Family Pew
First Presbyterian Church
321 S. 7th St.
The pew Abraham Lincoln and his family occupied. Seven Tiffany windows illuminate the sanctuary.

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historical Site
6th & Adams
This building built in 1840, is the only surviving structure in which Abraham Lincoln maintained a law office.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
8th & Jackson
The only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned. It is now the center of a restored four block area, which includes a visitor’s center.
217-492-4241, Ext. 221

Lincoln Ledger
Chase Bank of Springfield
6th & Washington Streets
Abraham Lincoln banked here, and you can see the ledger with his account on display. 217-527-3860

Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center
2301 E. Lake Dr.
A “living memorial” to Abraham Lincoln, composed of plants native to Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. It is one the shores of Lake Springfield. Call for hours.

Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd and three of their four sons rest here. The statuary inside the tomb shows Lincoln at different periods in his career.

Lost Bridge Trail
Springfield to Rochester
Rollerblade, bike, or hike on this five-mile scenic paved trail.

Museum of Funeral Customs
1440 Monument Ave.
Museum artifacts include a 10’ high model of Lincoln’s Tomb, scale model replicas of Lincoln’s funeral train car, an exact replica of Lincoln’s casket, and more.

Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Old State Capitol Plaza
Magnificently restored, with period furnishings of Abraham Lincoln’s last term in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Shea’s Gas Station Museum
2075 Peoria Rd.
A favorite photo shop for Route 66 travelers from around the world. View charming and eclectic collection of more than half a century of gas station memorabilia.

Springfield Trolley Tours
522 E. Monroe
See Springfield’s historic sites aboard the “Elijah Iles” trolley.

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon
Washington Park
Fayette St. & Chatham Rd.
The 5th largest carillon in the world and one of the few open to the public, is surrounded by gardens.

Vachel Lindsay Home
603 S. 5th St.
Birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist in 1879, it remained his only residence until his death there in 1931. Tue-Sat noon-4pm 217-524-0901

Washington Park Botanical Garden
1740 W. Fayette
One of Central Illinois’ major horticultural attractions. A domed conservatory filled with lush tropical foliage year-round. 217-753-6228

World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial
Oak Ridge Cemetery
A globe of the world symbolizing the conflict that involved more than 200 nations. More than 70 stainless steel buttons on the globe signify the major battles and events of World War II. Two black granite walls extend out from the globe approximately 100 feet and are engraved with the major battles and events of World War II.




Crystal Ballroom
Off I-55
Offers musical entertainment to please a variety of different tastes. Come dance on our 3500 sq. ft. of dance floor, under our 2200 piece Italian Crystal Chandelier.


Henry’s Old Rt. 66 Emporium & Info Center
1107 Historic Old Rt. 66
Is a quirky must see Route 66 attraction, information center, and souvenir gift shop. Rabbits of all kinds, bunny, and VW type hopping the grounds. www.henrysroute66.com



Die Cast Auto Sales
117 N. Elm St.
Has a collection of nostalgic 1/18 scale auto replicas & automotive memorabilia.


Dream Car Museum
Route 66
Car museum with 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s cars.


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