Welcome to The Perkins Shop on Fabulous Route 66! Our Site is under construction but we wanted to make sure if you are looking for a fun stop in Gardner, IL, along your trip on the world famous Route 66, we are it. Come in and visit with owner Tom Perkins and find out more about local history and other must stops along the famous highway.

A Great Illinois Stop Along Route 66

Just sixty miles out of Chicago on Route 66, is a small, quaint town of 1200 people called Gardner, IL.  There in Gardner is a little red building known as “The Shop”. The story goes that now owner Thomas A. Perkins’ grandfather A.W. Perkins was the assistant manager of the towns lumber yard in 1937 and then purchased it in 1944. While the lumber yard has not been in operation since the seventies, the family still owns the original lumber yard’s office, now known to travelers as “The Shop”.  Thomas A. Perkins purchased it from A.W.’s son and Thomas A.’s uncle, Thomas H. Perkins in 2006. Since then, he has improved it with minor refurbishment, fresh paint and much nostalgia. Come check out this cool little stop of Route 66. You can learn more about our local history and other great stories from Tom on any given day.


Learn more about us, our history and Gardner, IL, a great stop along the world famous Route 66. Our facebook page is also a great resource and great place to see all of our visitors.


Come Visit us and if you have any questions, Call Tom at 815-823-4902