NEW for 2022 Illinois State Fairgrounds Route 66 Gate 2 Experience | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

NEW for 2022 Illinois State Fairgrounds Route 66 Gate 2 Experience

SPRINGFIELD, ILThe 2022 Illinois State Fair will welcome new features and attractions at the IL State Fair Route 66 Gate 2 Experience.  Continuing to enhance the gate 2 area as part of the road to celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Route 66 in 2026 will bring new experiences for locals and visitors alike.


Gate 2 Experience Highlights

NEW for 2022 Illinois State Fairgrounds Route 66 Gate 2 Experience will not be missed with a 40- foot Route 66 neon sign being added to the future Legends Neon Sign Park.  

Eight to ten Byway members, including communities, CVB’s and businesses will be represented at the experience, giving visitors a chance to learn about the road throughout the state from top to bottom.  IL Route 66 community representatives will be available onsite at Gate 2 to answer questions during the fair.

Various car collector groups will be on display at Gate 2 throughout the fair, including:

August 13: Lincoln Trail Truck Club

August 15: Corvair Society

August 17: Cool Cruisers

August 20: Illini Chapter BMW Club of America

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau received two state tourism grants in the past three months, the grants are worth $2 million.  Phase 2 of the Experience at Gate 2 is scheduled to be completed by the 2023 Illinois State Fair. 

Stakeholders in the project include, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.

Route 66 Monarch Flyway will be in full bloom again this year.   The vision of the project is supporting thriving monarch populations that sustain the monarch migration into perpetuity and serve as a flagship for the conservation of other plants and animals. 

About Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway - We help attractions, small businesses, and communities take full advantage of their Route 66 resources to provide the best possible experience for visitors from around the world. We also provide information to travelers to help them plan their adventure down Route 66.

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Need more information, or to schedule an interview contact Casey Claypool, Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway,
please call 217-414-9331 or e-mail