With strong support from State Senator Doris Turner, over $730,000 will be coming to Springfield to boost local tourism efforts and attract visitors to drive along the historic Route 66 and enjoy Illinois.
“Springfield has so much to offer, especially with the history here of Route 66,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Investing in our communities will draw visitors and show them that Springfield and the entire state are great places to visit!”
The Route 66 Grant Program awarded $3.7 million in funding to seven recipients for the development of tourism, education, preservation and promotion leading up to the 100th Anniversary of Route 66 in 2026. 300 miles of Route 66 weave through Illinois, and Route 66’s economic and historical impact is felt firsthand in communities across the state.
The city of Springfield was awarded $630,000 to create 12 murals connecting Williamsville, Sherman, Springfield, Chatham and Auburn to the murals in Heritage Corridor and Great Rivers & Routes service area, as well as upgrades to Shea's Gas Station and 12 site-specific wayside exhibits.
Additionally, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association was awarded $30,791.40 and the Springfield Visitors & Convention Bureau was awarded $70,145 through the Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program to support local tourism promotional efforts with the goal of attracting visitors to destinations, attractions and events across the state.
“I look forward to continue attracting tourists and bringing out the vibrant history Springfield has to offer,” Turner said.