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Dennis Manarchy’s World’s Largest Film Camera in Chicago
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Dennis Manarchy’s World’s Largest Film Camera in Chicago

This is the world's largest film camera, as seen outside of Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago, Illinois in 2014. This attraction was only there briefly, so you can't find it there now, but, while it was on display, this giant camera was a wonderful site to see and attracted visitors all day long. Dennis Manarchy, a photographer from Rockford, Illinois constructed the camera in 2013. The camera ...
Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow in Libertyville, Illinois
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Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow in Libertyville, Illinois

This giant fiberglass Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow stands outside of Lambs Farm in Libertyville, Illinois. Lambs Farm is a non-profit organization that provides vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities. The property features a petting zoo, pet shop, thrift shop, country store, cafe and bakery... and this roadside attraction.



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Super Shiny Muffler Man in Evergreen Park, Illinois
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Super Shiny Muffler Man in Evergreen Park, Illinois

This super shiny muffler man in Evergreen Park, Illinois stands on top of Guardian Auto Rebuilders. He sports a sleek coat of car paint that gives him that extra sparkle. These photos were taken long ago but rumor has it he now carries a hockey stick! ...
Big Chief – Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois
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Big Chief – Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

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 ...
Eye Can See You Now: Giant Indian on a Roof in Chicago
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Eye Can See You Now: Giant Indian on a Roof in Chicago

They were quick photos. Late at night. We were taking a day road trip around Chicagoland and this was one of the final stops. A giant Indian on the roof of an eye clinic. There were cops nearby and we didn't want to feed a meter. So we hopped out of the car, snapped a few shots, hopped back in and drove off...



This Indian Muffler Man wears prescription glasses (not ...
World’s Largest Radio Flyer Wagon in Elmwood Park, Illinois
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World’s Largest Radio Flyer Wagon in Elmwood Park, Illinois

Antonio Pasin built his first wooden wagon in 1917. They quickly became popular amongst his clients as he sold the toys around Chicagoland. In 1923, his company was officially born as "Liberty Coaster Company" and, to speed up production and offset costs, he began selling steel versions. In 1930 the company was renamed Radio Steel & Manufacturing and the wagons were renamed along. They would then and ...
Olney, Illinois: Home of the White Squirrels
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Olney, Illinois: Home of the White Squirrels

Many towns in America profess themselves to be a "home of the white squirrels": pockets of suburbia where these curious albino squirrels seem to congregate. Olney, Illinois is one of the most boastful. About 200 or so of the tiny mammals currently inhabit the town. At its peak though, there were around 1,000. Every fall the town holds a squirrel count. It's a town where squirrels rule: they have the ...
Happy Obscura Day! The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things’s Erika Nelson
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Happy Obscura Day! The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things’s Erika Nelson

This past Saturday was Obscura Day, a day devoted to hidden and odd treasures from around the world, organized by Atlas Obscura. Since you all know I'm all about the odd you all know I had to attend something! There were several events around Chicago, such as a tour of the Busy Beaver Button Company and a special look at Skin Diseases and Chromolithographs at the International Museum of Surgical ...
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Garage in Highland Park, Illinois
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Garage in Highland Park, Illinois

I saw this in the news the other day: the famous "Ferris Bueller house" is for sale. You know Ferris Bueller's Day Off, right? And you definitely know the iconic Ferris Bueller's Day Off Garage, right? If you've never seen the movie, well, GO WATCH IT NOW! (Amazon affiliate link) I'll wait. Promise. One of the most iconic scenes in the movie features Ferris's friend Cameron running his dad's prized ...
Virginia/North Carolina Road Trip: Day 9
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Virginia/North Carolina Road Trip: Day 9

Sunday we woke up early and I made the executive decision to cut my trip a day short. I allotted two days to get back but looking over my map I kept thinking I'd probably only end up a few hours from home anyways. So I decided to cut out a few things and just drive. And drive I did. I drove a little through Asheville and didn't see a thing I was looking for. I did have a man wish me safe travels at a ...

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.