Illinois Rock and Roll Museum to open later this year after first Hall of Fame induction

The Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 in Joliet will open to the public later this year after it holds its first Hall of Fame ceremony on Aug. 31. Inductees of the inaugural class are Buddy Guy, Chicago, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Muddy Waters, The Buckinghams, The Ides of March and longtime disc … Continue reading Illinois Rock and Roll Museum to open later this year after first Hall of Fame induction

Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 to hold first induction Aug. 31 at Rialto Square Theatre

The Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 in Joliet will hold its first induction ceremony on Aug. 31 at the city's Rialto Square Theatre after it was postponed from March 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement about the ceremony was made Friday on WJOL radio: “Last year’s debut event was postponed due … Continue reading Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 to hold first induction Aug. 31 at Rialto Square Theatre

Joliet officially reopens Chicago Street, an original alignment of Route 66

The Joliet City Council on Monday marked the official reopening of North Chicago Street in downtown Joliet, Illinois, along with officials from the Joliet City Center Partnership, Joliet Chamber of Commerce and Will County. According to The Times Weekly: “This is an exciting day for all of Joliet as we reopen an iconic street in … Continue reading Joliet officially reopens Chicago Street, an original alignment of Route 66

Rialto Square Theatre will be temporarily converted into traffic court

The historic Rialto Square Theatre, closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be used as a courtroom for traffic violations in Will County, Illinois, for as long as four months. The Joliet Patch reports the theater in downtown Joliet will be paid $700 a day for its use as a traffic court, the … Continue reading Rialto Square Theatre will be temporarily converted into traffic court

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, under the auspices of the National Park Service, announced its cost-share grants for 2016. This year, the program awarded eight cost-share grants totaling more than $103,000 -- mostly for renovations or preservation of historic Route 66 properties. Since 2001, the program has awarded 122 projects $1.9 million with $3.1 … Continue reading Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program announces grants for 2016

Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

An additional marquee for the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois, that was nixed because of its unpopularity is returning -- this time, to the back of the historic building. The theater's principals still are raising funds for the classic marquee. But they think the red-headed stepchild of the other marquee still can prove useful. The Herald-News reported: … Continue reading Unpopular marquee returning to Rialto Square Theatre

Rialto Square Theatre will get a new marquee

The historic Rialto Square Theatre along Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois, soon will receive a new marquee and will repaint its iconic vertical sign thanks to a $350,000 gift from a local construction firm owner, reported The Herald-News. The new marquee will have LED screens suitable for video under the name of the theater. Ed Czerkies of … Continue reading Rialto Square Theatre will get a new marquee