There are many things to do and see along Route 66 in McLean County, including Abraham Lincoln-related sites, locally owned and operated restaurants, parks, and other sites that offer unique cultural activities year-around.
Asahel Gridley Antique Shop is the premier antique shop in the Bloomington/Normal area. The shop has been continually growing since 1993.
Lincoln frequented the law offices of David Davis and the bank owned by Asahel Gridley.
Home of the “Famous Gondola", this local favorite represents four decades of family and food tradition.
The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts showcases a variety of dramatic, comedic and musical performances.
Originally a market that helped feed locals and Route 66 travelers, this family business is now a full-service florist and garden center.
The beautifully restored, nineteenth-century estate tells the story of Judge David Davis, whose influence on Abraham Lincoln's legal and political career was crucial to President Lincoln's success.
Established in 1928, Dixie Truckers Home is considered the oldest truck stop in America.
Located on Route 66 in Bloomington, Gene's offers soft serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sandwiches.
A fourth-generation, family owned Chinese-American Restaurant in business for more than 94 years.
Illinois' first public university was founded here under the leadership of Jesse Fell with legal assistance from Lincoln.
North of Normal located on Old Route 66 adjacent to historic Route 66 with ample pull-off parking.
Lincoln won a landmark case for the railroad, and then was forced to sue the company for his fee.
Lincoln argued many cases in an earlier courthouse located at the site across the street.
Fell's home was often the gathering place for Lincoln's friends and political allies as they planned election strategies.
Two lots at this site were owned by Lincoln for nearly five years. The property was later purchased by the widow of Dr. Eli Crothers.
Lucca Grill was established in 1936 by brothers Fred and John Baldini and was named for their hometown of Lucca, Itlay.
Located on Route 66 in Bloomington, the Miller Park Zoo offers many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities that are enjoyed by the whole family.
This regional favorite is located on the site of the original Steak 'n Shake restaurant.
Lincoln stayed in the hotel owned by his friend John Ewing. The Ewing family later became part of the Adlai Stevenson political dynasty.
A treasure hunter's delight. You can find a variety of antiques and collectables, including a unique collection of novelty cash registers.
Located in the old warehouse district, this antique mall has 30 plus vendors of various antiques and collectibles.
Lincoln spoke from the portico of the Pike House hotel on the evening of May 28, 1856.
American taphouse serving flatbreads, burgers and pasta in Abraham Lincoln's former law office.
Lincoln's fiery speech against the Kansas-Nebraska Act launched him as the leader of the Illinois Republican Party.
Sprague's Super Service is a historic independent gas station on Route 66 in Normal.
This Art Deco building served as the corporate headquarters for State Farm Insurance from its construction until 1974.
Steak 'n Shake was founded in February, 1934 in Normal, Illinois.
Jesse Fell invited Lincoln to Kersey Fell's law office and pressed him about writing an autobiography to help promote his presidential candidacy.