Illinois

Browse the best Illinois roadside attractions, tourist traps, road food, and more at Silly America. Plan your next road trip through Illinois and find all the most iconic (and silliest) sites along the way!

Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth, Illinois

Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth, Illinois

The Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth, Illinois is a curious site. When driving by on your way to Six Flags Great America you might think you’ve accidentally turned out of the Chicago suburbs and into ancient Egypt. But I assure you, you haven’t left the US. 2007 The six-story...

Pumpkin patch at Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois.

Richardson Adventure Farm & The World’s Largest Corn Maze

There’s no better autumn activity than visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out that perfect pumpkin to transform into a Halloween jack-o-lantern. One of my favorite Illinois pumpkin patches is Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois. Richardson Adventure Farm is best...

Gene's Sausage Shop rooftop cow. Giant cow statue in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Illinois.

Gene’s Sausage Shop Rooftop Cow in Chicago

Have you ever found a roadside attraction hidden in your own backyard? I have. Meet the giant cow statue at the Gene’s Sausage Shop rooftop beer and wine garden in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 1972, Polish immigrants John and Gene Luszcz, opened a small...

Bison in a field at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois. See Bison in Illinois.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie: Bison in Illinois

When I think about finding a home where the buffalo roam in the United States, I think of South Dakota, North Dakota (home of the World’s Largest Buffalo and the National Buffalo Museum), or Wyoming. I don’t necessarily think of Illinois. But you can find roaming bison in...

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket a Route 66 restaurant in Illinois.

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket on Route 66

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket is an iconic Route 66 restaurant in Illinois. In Willowbrook, just off the famous route, and present day Interstate 55 (I-55) , this chicken joint has been serving up chicken since the 1930s. In the late 1930s/early 1940s Ervin ‘Irv’ Kolarik...