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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 ...
Tips and Tricks for Surviving the Taste of Chicago
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Tips and Tricks for Surviving the Taste of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago is the biggest food festival in the city each year. If you ask, nine out of ten Chicagoans will tell you that the Taste of Chicago is horrible, expensive, crowded, not worth the time.* If you ask someone like me, that tenth kind of girl, you'll get someone who says yeah, it's expensive and crowded just like any other festival in the country, but, if you play it right, it's also a yearly ...
Cubs/Sox Picasso
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Cubs/Sox Picasso

Even though they did lose last night, the Blackhawks are certainly the team of the moment here in the Windy City. And yesterday I showed you the Picasso to prove it. But, believe it or not, there was a time where our baseball teams were actually doing well as well...and at the time, way back when in 2008, that Picasso donned one of the most bizarre hats I've ever seen: a half White Sox, half Cubs baseball ...
Blackhawks Picasso
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Blackhawks Picasso

I am sure that this is well within Picasso’s original artistic vision… There are many statues in many cities that locals decorate for different locations (such as Waiting for the Interurban in Seattle), but I will never get over the fact that the Chicago Picasso is often donning a hat for whichever of our sports teams is currently actually doing well. And while no one can actually agree on what the ...
Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in Chicago, Illinois
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Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in Chicago, Illinois

Muffler men are tall fiberglass sculptures created by International Fiberglass in Venice, California, that were once popular advertising icons. There were many types of this roadside attraction produced — classic, Bunyan, cowboy, Indian — and they are found holding everything from hot dogs to American Flags. Another type is the bent-rod holding Mr. Bendo, like this muffler man in Chicago, ...
Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain
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Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain

It's kind of sort of freezing here in Chicago. And snowy. Very snowy. I'm itching to get away (in fact, I spontaneously decided to plan a road trip to Texas in a few months!) but for now I just am wrapping myself in my Snuggie (don't judge, my mom gave it to me for my birthday...OK, so maybe I asked her to get me one for my birthday...) and watching the Olympics on my couch. I can't remember the last ...
God Bless America – American Gothic Statue
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God Bless America – American Gothic Statue

While much of American culture is based on the philosophy that "bigger is better," creating something too big can sometimes be controversial. Currently, in Sarasota, Florida, a 25-foot rendering of "The Kiss," entitled "Unconditional Surrender" is causing a ruckus and debates between supporters and opponents. While some like the piece and believe that it should stay where it is, others are adamantly against ...
Moose (W-02-03) in Chicago, Illinois
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Moose (W-02-03) in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Michigan Avenue isn't considered the "Magnificent Mile" for nothing. A stretch along the street plays home to shops galore, restaurants, skyscrapers, and river views that keep tourists coming back. But alongside business and pleasure there is a wacky side to the street that showcases some of the silliest sites Chicago has to offer. Yesterday I presented the Jack Brickhouse Statue and today we'll ...
Jack Brickhouse Memorial Statue in Chicago, Illinois
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Jack Brickhouse Memorial Statue in Chicago, Illinois

Jack Brickhouse was a Chicago sports legend. Although he wasn't known for swinging a bat or tossing a pitch he was known for his contributions to both of Chicago's baseball teams as an announcer. From 1948 to 1981 Brickhouse called Cubs games on WGN-TV and had also called for the White Sox until they left WGN in 1968. In 1981 he retired from announcing and in 1983 received the Ford C. Frick Award from the ...

About Silly America

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.