Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

Big Chief – Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

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The giant cigar store Indian outside of Cardinal Liquor Barn in Oak Lawn, Illinois is known by locals as “Big Chief.” And, he’s kind of a big deal.

The Indian was built by a company called Creative Display in the 1970s. It was originally constructed as an attraction for a cigar store in nearby Chicago Ridge but moved to it’s current locale in 1998. The landmark statue is so cherished by the city that a depiction of it is painted on their water tower.

Standing at twenty to thirty feet tall, this roadside attraction very well might be the world’s largest cigar store Indian. If not, it is definitely the most beloved. So much so that in 2015 this guy got a fresh coat of paint to restore him to his former glory in hopes of many years of serving as a tourist attraction to come.

Big Chief - Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

Big Chief - Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

Big Chief - Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

Site: Big Chief, Giant Cigar Store Indian
Address: 9630 SW Hwy, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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