Route 66 Mother Road Festival, SpringfieldIn September of every year, hundreds of classic cars arrive in Springfield for the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. The event is held downtown, where car owners display their antique cars, hot rods, and classic automobiles and motorcycles along the streets. Spectators can view the cars on display, talk to the owners, listen to live music, visit street vendors and take in the sights of historic downtown Springfield. This three-day event truly is "the mother of all festivals" for car enthusiasts of all ages.
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival, Springfield
Classics and Chrome, Loves ParkThe annual Classics and Chrome car show is a fundraiser for the Keith Country Day School in Loves Park in northern Illinois, but it has become favorite event for car enthusiasts in the state. The two-day, indoor car showcases more than 100 vehicles, from early models to muscle cars to race cars. Admission for the 2010 show is only $6, and children under 10 are free. The festival's website features photographs of cars that have appeared in past shows. Attendees of the show can enjoy the classic autos and help support the scholarship and athletic funds of Keith Country Day School, a leading college preparatory in the Midwest.
Classics and Chrome
Corvette FunfestEffingham plays host to the annual Corvette Funfest, a three-day event at which Corvette owners and enthusiasts can show off their own cars as well as buy and sell cars and accessories. Corvettes from all eras participate in the event, and there is a scenic car parade called a "Corvette Fun Run," a car auction, and live entertainment. One-car general registration for Funfest is $25 and includes a t-shirt. This event offers Corvette aficionados a setting in which to hang out with each other, participate in Corvette club activities and brag about their own classic automobiles.