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12th annual Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival set in Joliet

Event includes attractions across 90 miles

JOLIET – The 12th annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival is set for May 5.

Thirteen communities, including Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington and Braidwood, sponsor the annual festival, which make up a 90-mile linear museum down to Towanda.

“The annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane,” the event website said.

Each community will produce its own events, with everything from festivals to arts and crafts sales to car and motorcycle shows. Route 66 stretches from Joliet through Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.

The Joliet events will take place from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa St., where there will be free admission. Visitors can view the original intersection of Lincoln Highway and Route 66 at Chicago and Cass streets downtown.

Locals also can visit the Museum Pop-Up Store at the Old Joliet Prison Park to learn more about the plans for the site, 1125 N. Collins St. And there will be a Race Your Ride event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Route 66 Raceway, W. Schweitzer Road, Elwood. Visitors can enter Gate 11 from Route 53 (historic Route 66).

For information on the Joliet events, call 815-723-5201.

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