The Lincoln Highway enters Illinois from the east on U.S. 30. The route runs west through Chicago Heights, where the highway crossed the Dixie Highway, commemorated at Arche Park.
The Lincoln Highway continues west through New Lenox to Joliet, and then northwest, still on U.S. 30, through Plainfield, crossing historic Route 66 on the way to Aurora.
From Aurora, the highway takes Illinois state route (IL) 31 north towards Geneva. At Geneva, it turns west on IL 38 toward De Kalb.
The Lincoln Highway continues west on IL 38 through Rochelle to Franklin Grove, the location of the National Headquarters of the Lincoln Highway Association.
The highway continues west on IL 38 through Dixon. Visitors should be sure to stop at the Lincoln Monument located here.
West of Sterling, the Lincoln Highway rejoins U.S. 30, goes through Morrison, and then IL 136 into Fulton. A Lincoln Highway information center is in the windmill near the crossing of the Mississippi River into Iowa.
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