City of Chenoa considers redevelopment of an abandoned section of Route 66

The City of Chenoa, Illinois, is considering a redevelopment of a long-abandoned section of Route 66 near the railroad tracks on the city's south side. Most veteran travelers of Route 66 have driven on the four-lane section of Route 66 that curved around the western edge of the town. It was Route 66 from 1946 … Continue reading City of Chenoa considers redevelopment of an abandoned section of Route 66

A lot going on with Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor festival

Towns along a 90-mile stretch of Route 66 in northern Illinois offer a lot during Saturday's Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival, but Wilmington's seems especially enticing. Not only does that city's Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie offer the chance of seeing the famous Smokey Bear hot-air balloon and newborn bison, but the new owners of … Continue reading A lot going on with Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor festival

The Tropics, Steve’s Cafe inducted into Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame

The Tropics Restaurant and Lounge of Lincoln, Illinois, and Steve's Cafe of Chenoa, Illinois, recently were inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame of Illinois. Both businesses now are defunct. Nominees must have made "significant contributions to the character or history of the Illinois portion of Route 66 from 1926 to 1977 while it … Continue reading The Tropics, Steve’s Cafe inducted into Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame