Take This Road Trip To The Most Charming Route 66 Towns In Illinois

There’s no other American road quite as famous as Route 66 which starts in Chicago, Illinois, and travels westward where it ends in Santa Monica, California. Also known as the “Mother Road,” Route 66 in Illinois takes travelers on a nostalgic journey through charming towns and past historic and quirky roadside attractions which are always worthy of a stop.

This road trip along the Illinois portion of Route 66 is approximately 310 miles and takes a total drive time of five-and-a-half hours. You can use our interactive map to guide you and feel free to add your own stops along the way!

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Route 66 in Illinois passes through numerous charming towns and small cities that offer both historic and quirky attractions. It’s always worth taking a trip along the Mother Road! What are some of your favorite places along Illinois’ Historic Route 66? To learn more, visit the Illinois Route 66 website.

Address: Historic Route 66 Begin Sign, 78-98 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Address: Willowbrook, IL, USA
Address: Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket, 645 Joliet Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527, USA
Address: Pontiac, IL 61764, USA
Address: Lincoln, IL 62656, USA
Address: Litchfield, IL 62056, USA
Address: Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Parking, 4205-4207 Chain of Rocks Rd, Granite City, IL 62040, USA