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WBEZ Statue at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois

When I first saw this sculpture on Navy Pier in Chicago, I thought it was just random jumble of alphabet letters and numbers. But on closer inspection, this sculpture by artist John Adduci spells out “WBEZ 91.5 FM” for WBEZ, the Chicago Public Radio station. WBEZ, which broadcasts National Public Radio programming, civic affairs shows, and jazz, among...

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago, Illinois

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago, Illinois

True story: I am afraid of heights. Another true story: I am afraid of ferris wheels. When I was in seventh grade, I decided to brave my fears and buy a ticket for the ferris wheel at my town’s summer carnival. I had maybe been on one baby ferris wheel at Great America once before that, but never liked heights and especially didn’t like the swinging...

Popeye's Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois

Popeye Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois

We’re finishing up Hamburger Week here on Silly America with a monument to one of the great American icons of the hamburger: J. Wellington Wimpy and the Popeye Wimpy statue. No, J. Wellington Wimpy didn’t invent the hamburger. No, I doubt he ever even made a hamburger. But yes, he sure did like to eat them! Wimpy is known as being the hamburger guy on...

McDonald's #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois

McDonald’s #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines, Illinois

When you think fast food hamburgers in America, you mind probably immediately moves towards McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast food chain. In 1955 Ray Krok, who later purchased and expanded McDonald’s, leading the brand to the status it has today, opened a franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois. Today, the spot of that first McDonald’s is home...

Hamburger America Book Review

Book Review: Hamburger America

While the Hamburger America documentary film came first, Buy Hamburger America was released in book form last year. In it, George Motz expands on the selection of burgers focused on in the film to showcase 100 of the best hamburgers in America. While he thinks they are all some of the best, he is very careful not to declare any of the hamburgers in the book as...

Double hamburger with cheese and a 50/50 of fries and onion rings at Winstead's in Overland Park, Kansas

Movie Review: Hamburger America

George Motz probably knows more about hamburgers than anyone ever. He has probably eaten at more hamburger joints than anyone ever too. In 2005 his documentary film Hamburger America premiered on Sundance Channel and from then on he was pegged a hamburger expert. While on his website he may deny being the authority, he sure seems to know whats what in the world of...

Sit on a couch with the Simpson Family, a promotional tie-in for The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Family on their Couch

Yesterday I showcased the awesometacularness that was the limited-edition turnover of 7-Elevens into Kwik-E-Marts from The Simpsons Movie. Today I’m featuring a still-limited edition, but more widespread tie-in for the movie that came out back in 2007: The Simpsons family on their signature couch. This (slightly bigger than) life-size plastic couch was in just...

The Simpsons Kwik E Mart 7-11 in Chicago, Illinois

The Simpsons 7-Eleven Kwik-E-Mart in Chicago, Illinois

Do you love The Simpsons? Come on you HAVE to love the Simpsons! The television show is now celebrating its 20th anniversary and I have been a huge fan since day #1. And by that I mean I used to watch them on the Tracey Ullman show back before they even had their own primetime spot! The Springfield family has also been making the rounds in the news lately. The United...

Volo Auto Museum at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show

Volo Auto Museum at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show

Don’t you love old cars? The cool colors, the fun lines, the unique angles! Despite all the retro throwbacks that have come on the market in recent years (my absolute favorite being the new Dodge Challenger) they certainly don’t make them like they used to! Each year at The 2009 Chicago Auto Show (going on NOW until February 22) the Volo Auto Museum sets...