The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition presents 16 Interpretive Gazebos along the Lincoln Highway, a 179 mile National Scenic Byway in Northern Illinois. Completed in fall 2009, the gazebos offer a unique and interactive way for visitors to learn the significance of the highway while enjoying stories of the early Lincoln Highway and its Illinois communities.   

Each gazebo is designed with the same structure, with signs mounted on the outside featuring logos for easy identification. Four artist-rendered panels are enclosed in every gazebo, specific to each location. Common to all is one panel with a map and narrative of the highway’s beginning history and culture; different in each gazebo are two panels telling stories and events of the nationwide Lincoln Highway and the last panel is dedicated to the community and its connection to the highway.  

As the designated Scenic Byway Agency we continue to seek ways to recognize the significance of the Lincoln Highway and to make its heritage and history come alive. Be sure to explore all of the communities throughout Northern Illinois with a Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebo; just look for the gazebo icons in the visitor guide and on the web site for locations. 

Thank you for continuing to join us in celebrating America’s first transcontinental highway!


   Aurora | Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive

Batavia Gazebo   Batavia | Route 31 between Wilson & First Streets

Creston Gazebo   Creston | 110 Main Street

DeKalb Gazebo   DeKalb | E. Lincoln Highway & 11th Street

Dixon Gazebo   Dixon | South Galena & River Streets

Frankfort Gazebo   Frankfort | 11008 West Lincoln Highway

Fulton Gazebo   Fulton | 10th Avenue & 3rd Streets

Geneva Gazebo   Geneva | 124 State Street

Malta Gazebo   Malta | Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road

New Lenox Gazebo   New Lenox | 801 East Lincoln Highway

North Aurora Gazebo   North Aurora | 1 North Lincoln Highway

Oregon Gazebo   Oregon | Courthouse Square, Rt. 2 and IL Rt. 64

Park Forest Gazebo   Park Forest | Corner of US 30 and Indiana Street

Plainfield Gazebo   Plainfield | Settler’s Park, 24401 West Lockport Street

Rochelle Gazebo   Rochelle | 124 North 9th Street

Sterling Gazebo   Sterling | 1606 East 4th Street



Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.