Now known as Route 53 in our area, the "Main Street of America" or Route 66 travels through eight states and cities large and small including downtown Wilmington. Along our little slice of highway, there is plenty of shopping and dining plus a number of Route 66 attractions. To find even more to do in and around Wilmington, including activities and outdoor recreation areas, be sure to visit our Recreation page. We welcome visitors with open arms. Enjoy your stay!
RT. 66 Attractions
Welcome Center - 315 N. Water St
Inside the Island Park District Building
Rt. 66 Experience Hub
Located near the Millrace Walking Bridge, our Hub is one in a series that marks Rt. 66 attractions all through Illinois.
The Eagle Hotel - 100 Water St.
Built in 1836, the Eagle Hotel was already 90 years old when Route 66 was designated.
The Gemini Giant - 810 E. Baltimore St.
Located in the parking lot of the Launching Pad drive-in, This huge Muffler Man is a favorite photo stop for Rout 66 travelers.
The Sinclair Dinosaur - 200 E. Baltimore St.
Located on the roof of G&D Tires is the symbol of Sinclair Oil since 1933.
THE MAR THEATRE - 810 E. Baltimore St.
The Mar has been featuring first-run films since 1937.
MIDEWIN NATIONAL TALLGRASS PRAIRIE
The largest tallgrass prairie restoration in North America is located just three miles north of Wilmington on Rt. 66.
ANTIQUES & SPECIALTY
215 N. Water St.
Geri’s The Dam Hair Salon
110 N. Water Street
105 S. Water Street
Wilmington Area Historical Society
104 N. Main Street
Wilmington Area Historical Society - Illinois
Midwest Classics on 66
706 W. Baltimore Street
Normington's General Store
207 S. Water St.
ANTIQUES & SPECIALTY
Old Theater Antique Mall
114 S. Water St.
Artistic Perceptions Photography
104 S. Water Street
118 N. Water St.
For more information on our downtown district visit the Downtown Merchant's Association.
Red Carpet Corridor
8 am - 3 pm
The Red Carpet Corridor Festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda for a collective celebration of The Mother Road.
Red Carpet Corridor Website
Catfish Days Website
Bewitched on 66
October 20, 2018
Visit the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce for more information on Local Events.