The Shrine of Our Lady of the Highways is located
about a half-hour south of Springfield on Route 66 - or Interstate
55 if you must save a little time. All good travelers want to navigate
the Mother Road to find their way to the Holy Mother, but, if you
must, directions using I-55 are included.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has marked Route 66 well
throughout the state, with brown Historic Route 66 signs marking various
alignments of the highway from Chicago to the Metro East. For more
details on America's Main Street in Central and Southern illinois
visit the Route 66 page.
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exact directions from your location to the Shrine.
Follow highway to exit 63 (30 miles south of Springfield,
63 miles north of the Gateway Arch.) Turn west (left from the south,
right from the north) onto IL-48/127 (going away from Raymond) and
take the first right onto the west frontage road/Historic Route 66
(just before the old service station roof.) Follow less than one mile;
Shrine is on the left.
From Carlinville, follow Illinois 108 east twelve miles to
its intersection with the west frontage road/Historic Route 66 (just
before I-55.) Turn left (north) at the gas station, pass the Best
Western and follow the west frontage road approximately three miles
to the overpass intersection with IL 48/127. Cross overpass and follow
less than one mile; Shrine is on the left.
US Highway 66 - 1930 Alignment
From the north, follow Interstate 55 south
to exit 80 at Divernon. Go west and immediately turn south on the
west frontage road; this is Route 66. Follow south for 17 miles to
Shrine (on the right.) Watch for Art's Motel and Restaurant with classic
restored sign just on the south side of the Farmersville (exit 72)
From the south, there are multiple entries onto the
Mother Road from Interstate 55 and other highways. The closest to
the Shrine is in Litchfield (I-55 exit 52.) From the exit, follow
Illinois 16 east into town. Turn left on four-lane highway at light;
follow north out of town. Follow the Historic Route 66 signs as they
guide you onto the west side of I-55. The Shrine is just north of
exit 63 on your left.