The Joliet Area Historical Museum is an award-winning modern facility with the soul of old Route 66 in the historic downtown of Illinois’s fourth largest city. Located at the celebrated crossroads of Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway in the former 1909 Ottawa Street Methodist Church, the Museum’s Visitor’s Center welcomes motorists to the gateway where Route 66 unleashes travelers from urban Chicago and into the pastoral plains of the Mother Road. Visitors walk through a scale replica of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, the cross-country ancestor to Route 66; board a turn-of-the-century trolley and travel the streets of yesteryear in Joliet decades before Route 66 traversed downtown; and test their endurance landing the Apollo Lunar Module, a brainchild of Joliet native John C. Houbolt. Enjoy close-up views of the craftsmanship of century-old stained glass windows and take a mug shot with Joliet Jake and Elwood as you view artifacts from the former 1858 Illinois State Penitentiary. The Emergence of Modern Joliet: Art, Architecture and Urbanization runs through June 8; Line Drives to Lipstick: the Untold Story of Women’s Baseball opens June 16 and runs through August 11. Summer Free Days include: Star Wars Day, June 7; Multicultural Palooza Festival, June 28; All Roads Lead to Joliet Celebration of the Lincoln Highway and Route 66, July 12; and Kidzfest, Aug. 2.