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