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Jubelt’s in Litchfield to mark 95 years this weekend

Jubelt’s Bakery and Restaurant along old Route 66 in Litchfield, Illinois, will mark its 95th year with giveaways and specials this weekend. According to The Journal-News: Jubelt’s will be giving away 95 prizes over three days and offering $.95 price…

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Illinois governor to lead motorcycle ride on Route 66 from Chicago area to Springfield

Illinois governor to lead motorcycle ride on Route 66 from Chicago area to Springfield

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will lead his annual Governor’s Ride to Springfield of motorcycles on Sept. 23, this time on Route 66 from Chicagoland, The DuKane and Lincoln Land A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois chapters are the official escorts for the ride,…

Springfield’s north side inches closer to TIF district

Springfield’s north side inches closer to TIF district

The city of Springfield, Illinois, seems more likely to implement at tax-increment financing district on its declining north side — which features a prominent alignment of Route 66 — after a hearing on the matter last week. TIF districts are…

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea’s Route 66 Museum returning as Route 66-themed auto-repair shop

Shea’s Route 66 Museum in Springfield, Illinois, which closed and its contents auctioned after the death of its longtime owner in 2013, will reopen this summer as a Route 66-themed auto-repair business. Local classic-car aficionados Randy Pickett and Jake Niewold plan…

Honeymooners’ trip down Route 66

Honeymooners’ trip down Route 66

The good folks at the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, flagged this video the other day on Facebook, saying: Giacomo and Giulia from Italy traveled Route 66 on their Honeymoon earlier this year, and we were honored to…

Tony Waldmire of Cozy Dog Drive-In dies

Tony Waldmire of Cozy Dog Drive-In dies

Tony Waldmire, 31, a co-operator of the landmark Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Illinois, and grandson of its founder, died Saturday, according to a post from the restaurant’s Facebook account. The post read: This is the hardest post I have ever had…

Mexican restaurant moves into Sonrise Donuts building

Mexican restaurant moves into Sonrise Donuts building

An authentic Mexican restaurant becomes the latest tenant to move into the building in Springfield, Illinois, that contains the historic Sonrise Donuts neon sign on its roof. Taqueria Moroleon opened in the building at 1101 S. Ninth St. (aka Route 66)…

Governor signs Illinois Route 66 motorcycle plate bill

Governor signs Illinois Route 66 motorcycle plate bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Saturday that allows motorcyclists to buy a special Illinois Route 66 license plate that benefits the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway fund. Rauner signed the bill at the historic Mahan service station at…

Springfield may add TIF district to section of Route 66

Springfield, Illinois, may add a tax-increment financing district to declining Peoria Road, which is historic Route 66 in the town’s north side. TIF districts are where taxes from rising property-tax values are used to pay a part of renovation costs or infrastructure improvements…

The home of the Bel-Aire Motel Sputnik

The home of the Bel-Aire Motel Sputnik

I missed this when it happened last summer, but Ace Sign Co. of Springfield, Illinois, restored the Sputnik sign that stood atop the Bel-Aire Motel and displays it in its museum. The Bel-Aire, a longtime Route 66 motel, was torn down last…

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