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Route 66 Miles of Possibility - October 19-21, 2017

The Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor is proud to present the 3rd Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference that will be held in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21, 2017. The primary venue for the conference is the Joliet Area Historical Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center in Downtown Joliet.

The Miles of Possibility Conference offers high-level, detailed coverage of the key issues, strategies, challenges, tools, and opportunities facing Route 66 municipalities, counties, and businesses. The conference focuses on historic preservation, economic development, history, and marketing with practical solutions presented by an outstanding line-up of nationally known experts on Route 66.

On Thursday, October 19th, attendees have the opportunity to take a historic tour along Route 66 leaving the Joliet Area Historical Museum at 8:00AM, visiting locations such as the Collins Street Prison, Joliet Union Station, Gemini Giant, Two Cell Jail, Streetcar Diner and more.  Noted Route 66 Author and Historian John Weiss will lead the tour.  The cost of the bus tour is $30 per person, and tickets are limited. 

Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st feature sessions that include presentations, panel discussions, and workshops.  The lineup includes keynote speaker Cory Jobe (Illinois Director of Travel and Tourism), Bill Thomas (Chairperson for the “Route 66: Road Ahead Initiative”), Geoff Ladd (The Mill – Lincoln, IL and Program Manager of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway), John Weiss (Noted Route 66 Author and Historian), Ron Romero (Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66) and more.  Early bird registration is $90 per person (ending September 1).  After September 1, registration is $100.00 per person.

Those registering for the Friday and Saturday sessions will be treated to 2 special concerts (for free):

  • Thursday, October 19:  Blooze Brothers Concert
    For over a quarter of a century (yes, really), the Blooze Brothers has been one of Chicagoland’s most in-demand show bands.  They not only honor the music made by the original Blues Brothers in movies, TV, and recordings, but the spirit in which they played – from Dan Aykroyd’s love of traditional blues and soul to John Belushi’s love of classic rock.  Like Aykroyd and Belushi, they fuse those great musical traditions into a stage show that energizes and delights hundreds of thousands of music fans across the greater Chicago area and beyond every year.
  • Friday, October 20:  The Road Crew Concert
    The Road Crew takes Route 66 to their audiences throughout the world. “We spread the history and stories of Route 66 to every generation through our ‘Songs From The Mother Road.’ We encourage our audiences to discover America’s Main Street for themselves.” The band received the first time ever ‘Bobby Troup Artistic Recognition Award’ from the International Route 66 Association in 2011. The Road Crew – The official musical ambassadors for The Mother Road!

Among the many objectives of the conference, the main goal is to seek options to continue to strengthen and develop the Route 66 area.  This event includes more than important discussions, as there will be plenty of entertainment and activities to enjoy throughout the three days, as well. You will be surrounded by the opportunity to hear about other peoples’ experiences and the different insights they’ve gained throughout their journey. Finding this many like-minded people within one place is rare, so don’t miss out on the chance to tap into this goldmine of knowledge at the 3rd Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference!

For more information on this conference, please visit route66milesofpossibility.com.