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Thanks for Stopping – Superdawg in Chicago, Illinois

When you think of Chicago and food there are two delicacies that will inevitably pop into your head: pizza and hot dogs. While they might not be the most sophisticated of culinary models, these are definitely Chicago staples. And no one does it like Chicago, a city where the pizza is described as a pie and the hot dogs are described as salads. I have to confess that...

The Old Dolls' House at Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois

Midway Village – The Old Dolls’ House

Another feature of Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois (besides, of course, the sock monkey museum) is The Old Dolls’ House, a museum full of doll houses and miniatures. This collection of doll houses, built in 1988, features miniature homes representing countries around the globe and throughout time. While in Rockford be sure to also check out Gertrude the...

Sock Monkey Museum at Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois

In addition to the Victorian Village and old doll house exhibit at Rockford’s Midway Village, another museum stands out among the attractions. Midway Village Museum is a small museum at 20,000 square feet that packs in exhibits that explore the history of the area. One of the featured, and most popular, exhibits is called The Missing Link: Socks, Monkeys and...

Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois

Midway Village Old-Time Town in Rockford, Illinois

Midway Village is a town of yesteryear in Rockford Illinois. In the old-time Victorian town, guides dressed in turn-of-the-century wear take you around the village to see how people lived in 1900. The Village showcases 26 historical structures and represents the typical rural town in Northern Illinois at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century...

Gertrude the Cow - giant cow statue in Rockford, Illinois

Gertrude the Cow in Rockford, Illinois

I drove through Rockford, Illinois yesterday, after taking a cheese making class at Angelic Organics in nearby Caledonia. While in town I tracked down this big fiberglass bovine roadside attraction: Gertrude the Cow. The giant cow statue looks over the farm at Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm. Gertrude the cow is a guernsey cow and...

Agricultural Crash Monument in Norway, Illinois

Agricultural Crash Monument in Norway, Illinois

The Agricultural Crash Monument in Norway, Illinois, can be a somewhat freakish site if you don’t know that it’s a roadside attraction. Driving along a gravel farm road in the dark of 9pm and all of a sudden, out your car window, you’ll see a small plane crashed into the ground. Never fear, the Norway plane crash is neither real nor fresh, but...

The Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois. Also known as cars on a spike or the car kabob. This roadside attraction was torn down in 2008.

The Spindle AKA Car Kabob in Berwyn, Illinois

  Created in 1989 by Dustin Shuler, The Spindle (AKA the Car Kabob AKA Cars on a Spike) has graced Cermak Plaza in Berwyn, Illinois for almost as long as I’ve been alive. The spindle sculpture towers above the parked cars in the lot, showcasing vehicles from the late 1960s to early 1980s impaled on a 50-foot spike. To me, this Illinois roadside attraction...

Smiley Face Water Tower in Atlanta, Illinois

Smiley Face Water Tower in Atlanta, Illinois

Quick photo of the smiley face water tower in Atlanta, Illinois! This water tower must be really happy to live in this midwestern town! This smiley water tower is located on Route 66 and gives a warm welcome to those visiting the rural town, driving the Mother Road, stopping by to check out the giant muffler man with a hot dog, or grabbing lunch at The Palms Grill...

Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot Sign in Peru, Illinois

Sapp Bros Big Coffee Pot Sign in Peru, Illinois

I had read online that this Sapp Bros big coffee pot sign in Peru, Illinois was the world’s largest coffee pot… I seriously doubt that claim. But while it may not be the biggest coffee pot of the world…or even really a coffee pot at all…this Illinois roadside attraction was still a pretty awesome road trip stop. This light-up neon beauty...