May 18th & 19th 100th Birthday Bash Events!

Illinois Lincoln Highway Birthday Bash!
May 18 & 19
Driving Tour of the Lincoln Highway in Illinois and Other Events
Open to the Public!

The 100th Birthday of the Lincoln Highway will be celebrated in Illinois with a variety of events to fit any schedule and any budget!

There are four free events open to the public:

1.) Saturday, May 18th, 2nd Annual Lincoln Highway Car Show, Downtown Franklin Grove, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free! No registration required.

2.) Saturday, May 18th, The Lincoln Highway in Creston, Keynote Speaker, Lyle Headon, Creston Opera House, downtown Creston, 6:00 p.m. Free! No registration required.

3.) Saturday, May 18th, Lincoln Highway Evening Car Show, Downtown DeKalb, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Van Buer Plaza, parking lot across from the Egyptian Theatre, corner of N. 2nd St. and Locust. Free! Winners will be chosen by the audience and announced on stage at the Egyptian Theatre following the music concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.

John O'Halloran's 1948 Hudson in front of the Egyptian Theatre with 'Alice Ramsey'
John O’Halloran’s 1948 Hudson in front of the Egyptian Theatre with ‘Alice Ramsey’

4.) Sunday, May 19th, Book Talks and Signings, The Lincoln Highway Around Chicago by Cynthia Ogorek and The Boys in Chicago Heights: The Forgotten Crew of the Chicago Outfit by Matthew Luzi, 7:30 p.m., Frankfort Park District Founders Room, 140 Oak Street in Frankfort. Free! No registration required.

The 100th Birthday Bash at the Egyptian Theatre will feature the Irish-American band Switchback and Colleen’s School of Clogging & Celtic Dance from Sterling. There are discounted seats to premium seats up front. Alice Ramsey and Carl Fisher will be special guests and Ross Freier from Rochelle will narrate the history of the Lincoln Highway through the music of Switchback. The crowd-pleasing band MahaRa will open and they guarantee the audience will want to give them a standing ovation! This will be a family-friendly event. To order tickets just for the concert, go to the Egyptian Theatre’s Website here for Switchback in Concert.

Illinois Driving Tour, Reasonably Priced!
Hurry, register for dinner by May 1! Find the form as a PDF here: BirthdayBashRegistration
You can choose Saturday, or Sunday, or both depending on your schedule!

1913 Style Driving Tour of the Lincoln Highway in Illinois, $15, includes driving guide and tour of the Lincoln-Manahan Home in Sterling, leave your GPS at home!

Saturday, May 18th, meet at 10:30 a.m. in Fulton by the Windmill along 10th Avenue

See the sights in Fulton and Morrison

Lunch on your own in Sterling

Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Lincoln-Manahan Home in Sterling, thought to be the only place on the Lincoln Highway where Lincoln once stayed.

See Dixon, Franklin Grove, and points in between! In Franklin Grove, the Second Annual Lincoln Highway Car Show will be happening all day. Stop and enjoy the car show, along with a visit to the Lincoln Highway Association National Tourism Headquarters.

Spend the next part of the afternoon traveling eastward through Rochelle, including the Train Park. Then, if you register before May 1, you can choose a delicious meal prepared by the famous Headon’s and Sons in Creston! Stop at the Creston Opera House at 5:00 p.m. for the dinner, and stay for the 6:00 p.m. talk about the Lincoln Highway in Creston given by Lyle Headon. Have you ever wondered why the Lincoln Highway has a complicated path through Creston? Come and find out why at a free talk open to the public! Creston will have some lovely photo opportunities, too.

Following the dinner, go through Malta, home of the First Seedling Mile and enjoy a stop at the Lincoln Highway Evening Car Show in DeKalb. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a special Lincoln Highway Birthday Bash, featuring the music of the band Switchback, a favorite touring band of folks in Franklin Grove and Dixon. They will bring special guests MahaRa from DeKalb and Colleen’s School of Irish Step Dance from Sterling. Alice Ramsey and Carl Fisher will be special guests and Ross Freier from Rochelle will narrate the history of the Lincoln Highway through the music of Switchback.

Next, for anyone wanting an overnight stay in DeKalb, the Best Western will have a special rate of $79. Call by May 4th to ask for the Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour special rate for the block of rooms: 815-758-8661. The hotel is at 1212 W. Lincoln Highway. The hotel offers breakfast.

For Sunday, May 19th, meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Best Western parking lot. There will be information about local churches for those interested. Then, continue eastward exploring the Lincoln Highway more at your own pace. See Cortland, Maple Park, and the lovely shops in the historical district of Geneva, and points in between on the way there!

Keep going eastward through Batavia and Mooseheart, which celebrates its Centennial in 2013, too! See North Aurora, and the historical Auto Row area and Philips Park in Aurora.

Then, see where the Father Road (Lincoln Highway) meets the Mother Road (Route 66) and stop at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. There will be a special discounted rate of $4 but mention the Lincoln Highway tour to get that discount. The Museum will be open noon to 5:00 p.m. but the Museum recommends arriving no later than 4:00 p.m. for those who want to have enough time to experience the whole museum without feeling like they need to rush.

Visit Plainfield and see another location where the Father Road and the Mother Road converge. Dinner Sunday night will be on your own but you will receive lists of recommended places.

By 7:30 p.m., make your want to the Frankfort Park District Founders Room inside the facility at 140 Oak Street in Frankfort. There, enjoy a book talk by our own Cynthia Ogorek, author of The Lincoln Highway Around Chicago. Cynthia will have books available for purchase and signing. Also, included in the evening’s event will be Matthew Luzi who wrote The Boys in Chicago Heights about the early days of bootlegging and the Chicago Outfit, mobsters who expanded during the Al Capone and Prohibition era. While there is plenty information about the infamous Capone, Luzi’s fascinating book focuses on Chicago Heights and thus a history of the Lincoln Highway that is not yet well known. The book talk is free and open to the public!

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