Add some holiday fun to your trip along Route 66

Explore The Best Lighted Displays Around Joliet

If you’re contemplating a drive along The First Hundred Miles of Historic U.S. Route 66 during your holiday break, be sure to plan a stop in Joliet to take in the magical lighted displays that can be found throughout the city.

The 2021 Holiday Lights map, assembled by the city of Joliet, welcomed community members and those outside city limits to submit their outdoor displays of lights and decorations to be featured on the easy-to-use, interactive map. It easily can be accessed through your mobile device – giving you turn-by-turn directions to each of the festive attractions.

The map will be available through Jan. 3, so take advantage of the free tool over the holidays. Hop in your car and explore a new neighborhood, or take in some of the beautiful lights by foot. Be sure to follow the City of Joliet, Illinois Government on Facebook for additional details.

Visit www.joliet.gov/residents/holiday-lights-map to explore the map and plan your trip.

While you’re in the area, be sure to visit some of the exciting boutique stores in downtown Joliet for some last-minute gift shopping.

Start your trip to Joliet’s historic downtown at ItisAmazing, a boutique apparel store with an added personal touch. Employees at ItisAmazing act as helpful personal shoppers, ensuring each customer has an enjoyable and personalized experience. In the boutique, you’ll find something for everyone on your shopping list. The shop never orders more than one of each item, ensuring that each experience in the store is entirely unique and tailor-made.

Located in downtown Joliet near the Rialto Theatre, you’ll find Audiophil’s, an independent record store built on a family’s passion for music. At Audiophil’s, you’ll be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable clerks who can help you find the vinyl you’ve been hunting for, or help you discover a few new favorite records. Flip through boxes of diligently organized LPs, 45s and cassettes, and sample your purchases at the in-shop stereo before settling on your purchases. If you are thinking of selling your collection, Audiophil’s is always looking for new stock for the store. For more information, visit audiophilsrecords.com

With a spot on the Illinois Office of Tourism’s coveted Illinois Made list, an accolade that recognizes some of the state’s most talented and hardworking independent makers and artisans, Sue Regis Glass Art is a cornerstone of Joliet’s thriving arts scene. Art meets passion and commitment at this downtown gallery and studio, where you can purchase a piece of her renowned, handmade speciality art glass. If you’re truly fascinated with the art form, consider booking your own hands-on class taught by Regis in the studio. Additionally, she is available for custom-design commissions, repairs and appraisals. For more information, visit regisglassart.com