Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Weekend

Red Carpet Corridor Weekend

Saturday, May 7th & Sunday May 8th
From 8am until 5pm both days

The City of Joliet’s participation in the 10th Annual Historic Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor weekend will kick off May 7 at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, located at 204 N. Ottawa Street, and will include the following:

  • Free parking in the Ottawa Street lot adjacent to the museum
  • Free admission between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the Museum (Saturday and Sunday)
  • A self-guided walking tour of nationally-renowned period architecture
  • Viewing the original intersection of Lincoln Highway and Route 66 at Chicago and Cass Streets
  • Vintage automobile displays and “Jake & Elwood” photo ops
  • A special Route 66 exhibit in the Museum’s Caterpillar Auditorium that discusses the history of the Route with a look at stops throughout Illinois
  • Jan Larsen Steele will be giving a presentation, including a small exhibit, at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The title of her presentation is “Route 66 Redux: Retracing the Trail 50 Years Later of My Family’s Epic Vacation.”
  • The “Joliet American Legion Band” will be providing musical entertainment throughout the day on Saturday
  • Participation in family-friendly special exhibits, programs and giveaways all day

Route 66 themed events and happenings will also be going on in businesses throughout Downtown Joliet during the May 7-8 weekend. An informational sheet listing all the participating businesses will be available at the museum. The following are some of the downtown businesses that will be open, and offering specials, during the weekend event:

  • Sue Regis Glass Art, Van Buren Plaza (Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • First & Santa Cruz Lutheran Church Rummage Sale, 55 W. Benton Street (Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.)
  • The TreeHouse Coffee Shop, Cass and Ottawa (both days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Jitters Coffeehouse, 178 N. Chicago Street, (both days, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Juliet’s Restaurant, Chicago and Cass Streets, (regular business hours both days)
  • Chicken N Spice, 251 N. Chicago Street, (both days, starting at 7:30 am)
  • Tin Roof Restaurant, 158 N. Chicago Street, (Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.)
  • Joliet Route 66 Diner, 22 W. Clinton Street (both days, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Also included in the weekend’s events is the Midewin Bison Expedition on Saturday, May 7. This will be a public event to view the bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie located at 30239 IL 53 in Wilmington, Illinois.

Free shuttle buses will pick up visitors near the City Hall in Elwood, located at 401 E. Mississippi Avenue, and from North Water Street at Van Buren in Wilmington. The shuttles will start at 9 a.m. and will depart every 15 to 20 minutes until 4 p.m. The buses will return visitors to Elwood and Wilmington until 5 p.m. Public parking will not be available at Midewin’s Iron Bridge Trailhead during the event.

For prime viewing during the event, Midewin plans on having the bison located in the event pasture, which will allow for closer than normal viewing.

Kelly Gutknecht, Midewin’s range specialist, said, “April and May is calving season for bison, so, hopefully, we’ll have some calves on the ground by the May 7 event.”

For more information visit or phone 815-844-5847 or call the Museum at 815-723-5201. This “FREE DAY” Program is sponsored by the Heritage Corridor CVB.
Posted by: Sarah Strickland


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