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Pontiac is a small city of about 12000 people on old Route 66 in Central Illinois.

Get in/Get around

Most visitors to Pontiac arrive by motorcar as part of a Route 66 tour, originating in Chicago and heading westward. The portion of US 66 which crosses Illinois from the windy city to St. Louis has been entirely bypassed by Interstate 55; either road leads to Pontiac.


  • 1 Illinois Route 66 Museum, 110 W Howard St, +1 815 844-4566. 10am-4pm daily year-round, 9am-5pm summer weekdays. Museum and hall of fame in former fire hall; thousands of artefacts and Route 66 memorabilia, including vehicles used by late US 66 travelling artist Bob Waldmire. Travel info. By donation..
  • Livingston County War Museum, 321 N. Main St., +1 815 842-0301. 10am-4pm, Sunday noon-4pm. "Veterans Honouring Veterans." Memorabilia and history of both world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq (Desert Storm) and Afghanistan in Old City Hall museum staffed by real US military veterans.
  • Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, 205 North Mill St., +1 815 842-2345. 10am-4pm daily, 9am-5pm summer weekdays. Pontiac and Oakland automobile memorabilia, antique and classic cars, dealer artefacts, maps, brochures, original design drawings, service manuals.
  • Walldog Mural Museum, 217 North Mill St., +1 815 842-1848. 10am-4pm daily, 9am-5pm summer. "Walldogs" were early sign painters who created their art on the sides of brick buildings, barns, and other structures in the days before electronic mass media. By donation..





  • Exit 197, 952 W Reynolds St,, +1 815 844-2343. M-W 10am-11:30pm, Th-Sa 10am-1am, Sun 11am-8pm. Liquor store and pub, mixed crowd, DJ/live music weekends.




Bed and breakfast

  • Three Roses, 209 E. Howard St., +1 815 844-3404. Check-in: 3pm, check-out: noon. 1890s historic B&B, wi-fi, guest house on-site, central air, TV in some rooms, pet friendly, extensive home cooked menu (a cookbook is available for $20). $130-160/double.


  • 1 4-H Park, 18352 4-H Park RD, +1 815 822-3997. Picnic tables, horse trails and corral, playground, restroom, RV dump station, showers. $16.

Go next

Routes through Pontiac
ChicagoDwight  N Amtrak Lincoln Service icon.png S  NormalSt. Louis
St. LouisNormal  SW Amtrak Texas Eagle icon.png NE  JolietChicago
ChicagoChicago  N I-55.svg S  ChenoaNormal
NormalChenoa  W US 66 (historic).svg E  DwightChicago

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