Blues Brothers Statue in Rock Island, Illinois

Blues Brothers Statues in Rock Island, Illinois

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“There’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” You can find these Blues Brothers Statues in Rock Island, Illinois.

Blues Brothers Statues in Rock Island, Illinois

The Blues Brothers started out as a Saturday Night Live sketch in the late 1970s where John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd played fedora-wearing, sunglasses-clad, black-suited music men. From there, the idea blossomed into a number-one Billboard album, a sold-out concert tour, and a series of movies.

Blues Brothers Statue in Rock Island, Illinois

The Blues Brothers movie came out in 1980 and told the story about brothers Joliet Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd). The pair grew up in a Rock Island orphanage and get into mischief as they evade the law to put their band back together to save their Catholic home.

Blues Brothers Statues in Rock Island, Illinois

The Quad Cities city of Rock Island has always embraced their place in fictional history and, in 2006, unveiled a Blues Brothers sculpture downtown.

Blues Brothers Statue in Rock Island, Illinois

The resin and fiberglass statues depict Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi in character, lounging in chair in their signature black suits, black ties, and black hats.

Blues Brothers Statues in Rock Island, Illinois

Find these Illinois roadside attractions for an Instagram selfie near the corner of Second Avenue and 18th Street, right near the Mississippi River. It’s a fun stop on an Illinois or Great River Road road trip.

"Let us welcome from Rock Island, Illinois...Jake and Elwood Blues, the Blues Brothers!" Presented to Dan Carmody, former President of Renaissance Rock Island on October 25, 2005 to honor his many contributions to Rock Island. Dedicated July 15, 2006 during Hornucopia.
“Let us welcome from Rock Island, Illinois…Jake and Elwood Blues, the Blues Brothers!” Presented to Dan Carmody, former President of Renaissance Rock Island on October 25, 2005 to honor his many contributions to Rock Island. Dedicated July 15, 2006 during Hornucopia.

Blues Brothers Statues

Address: 1730 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always visible but seasonal, they are often stored away during winter months


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Rock Island, Illinois celebrates the birthplace of Jake and Elwood Blues, the Blues Brothers. Find these Blues Brothers statues downtown in the Quad Cities. A Illinois roadside attraction for movie lovers to visit on a Great River Road road trip.
Rock Island, Illinois celebrates the birthplace of Jake and Elwood Blues, the Blues Brothers. Find these Blues Brothers statues downtown in the Quad Cities. A Illinois roadside attraction for movie lovers to visit on a Great River Road road trip.  #IllinoisRoadsideAttractions #IllinoisRoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadTrip #IllinoisRoadTrip #IllinoisWeekendGetaways #IllinoisWithKids #IllinoisRoadTripItinerary #IllinoisRoadTripMap #IllinoisRoadTripTravel
Rock Island, Illinois celebrates the birthplace of Jake and Elwood Blues, the Blues Brothers. Find these Blues Brothers statues downtown in the Quad Cities. A Illinois roadside attraction for movie lovers to visit on a Great River Road road trip.
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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 with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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