Litchfield is home to two Illinois Historic Wayside Exhibits. These informative kiosks highlight special Route 66 attractions across the state. One is for our Drive-In and the other is located just outside of the Ariston Café.
A True Taste of The Mother Road
Litchfield is a popular destination for travelers exploring Route 66. Three miles of the original Mother Road pass through Litchfield, including two separate alignments built during different eras of the famous American highway’s history. Iconic restaurants and businesses dating from the 1920s and 1950s continue to operate here, including the Ariston Café and the Sky View Drive-In, giving Litchfield visitors a true taste of the bygone era of American tourism found on Route 66.
The Ariston Café is believed to be the oldest restaurant still operating along Route 66 in Illinois, and the Sky View Drive-In is the only continuously operating drive-in along the historic road in Illinois. For more information, visit www.ariston-cafe.com.
Litchfield’s affordable location, regional retail center and 250+ modern hotel rooms provide the ideal overnight choice for couples and groups exploring Route 66 history.
Route 66 holds a romantic place in American culture, and Litchfield has always been a big part that culture. Now visitors can stop, learn more about our community and experience our special place in Route 66 history.
A new History Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center opened to the public this year in Litchfield. Designed to reflect the Route 66 era, the new attraction is located at 334 Historic Old Route 66 North on the site of the former ‘Vic’ Suhling Gas For Less and near other iconic Route 66 restaurants and landmarks still in operation.
Exhibits focus on the important role that the railroads, Route 66, businesses, agriculture and the military have played in Litchfield’s history. The Museum features a large display area with items ranging from period automobiles to small tokens that represent historical significance to the area. Permanent artifacts as well as exhibits that are temporarily on loan are displayed in the viewing areas.
The Museum and Welcome Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, and there is no admission fee. For more information, visit www.litchfieldmuseum.org or call 217-324-3510.
The Sky View Drive-In, an original Route 66 theater and the only continuously operating drive-in on Illinois Route 66, recently celebrated its 60th Anniversary. For only $3 per person, you can see a double feature of newly released movies under the stars. The drive-in has an affordable snack bar filled with treats for all ages. Open on the weekends from April through October, it’s also a great place for special events and is home to many vintage motor car tours. Watch this video for a glimpse of the past!
Niehaus Cycle Sales
718 Old Route 66 North Litchfield IL 62056 Phone: 800-373-6565
Niehaus Cycle Sales, located on Historic Old Route 66 in Litchfield, IL, is the largest new and used Gold Wing and Trike dealership in the Midwest and a popular stop for motorcyclists and other travelers along Route 66. Visitors can view historic motorcycles and apparel from years gone by, and can even take a test ride on a motorcycle.