Giant Rooster in a Top Hat in East Peoria, Illinois (Carl’s Bakery)

Cock-a-doodle-doo! This Giant Rooster in a top hat roadside attraction is a ten-foot tall statue that stands outside of Carl’s Bakery & Restaurant in East Peoria, Illinois.

Carl’s Bakery is a local mainstay with a barn-style theme that draws crowds for it’s fresh donuts and pastries (though they are open minimal hours). While the top hat rooster is visible all hours of the day and night, if you want doughnuts, get there early. The bakery opens at 5:30 am and closes by 12:30pm (and then only Thursday through Saturday).

Is this the World’s Largest Rooster Statue? That honor belongs to the 43-foot tall fiberglass rooster at the Great American Steak and Chicken House in Branson, Missouri. But this top hat rooster is still the tops!

After you stop by to see this formally dressed huge rooster statue (who used to be decked out in Christmas lights, but those have since been removed), be sure to hop back in your car to visit other Peoria, Illinois tourist attractions. like the “Twistee Treat” Ice Cream cone-shaped building.

Giant Rooster in a top hat roadside attraction is a ten-foot tall statue that stands outside of Carl's Bakery in East Peoria, Illinois.

Want to see more big birds on your next road trip? Look out for Maxie the world’s largest goose or another giant rooster in in Nooksack, Washington!

Giant Rooster in a Top Hat

Location: Carl’s Bakery and Restaurant, 819 E Camp St, East Peoria, IL 61611
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible, bakery hours vary
Date of Photos: July 15, 2007

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This Giant Rooster in a top hat roadside attraction is a ten-foot tall statue that stands outside of Carl’s Bakery in East Peoria, Illinois. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a fun Illinois road trip across the state or Illinois vacation with kids (and visit the bakery as a thing to do in Illinois too).

VALerie BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

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 hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!