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Roadside Attractions in Illinois

Explore Illinois roadside attractions and other tourist traps, restaurants, stops, and detours to add to your Illinois road trip itinerary.

The Traveler's Chapel - a tiny church in Nashville, Illinois

The Traveler’s Chapel – Tiny Church in Nashville, Illinois

The Traveler’s Chapel is a tiny church in Nashville, Illinois. Unlike some other small churches that look like shrunken versions of normal-sized chapels, this one looks like a mini log cabin on stilts, with a long wood path leading you from parking lot to prayer. The rustic church lives on a field next to a BP gas station, on Hwy 127, just off the Nashville...

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)

Tony Tasset’s Eye in Dallas, Texas (& Chicago)

Keep your eye out for this roadside attraction: Tony Tasset’s Eye, a giant eyeball in Dallas, Texas. That’s right, this Dallas tourist attraction is no optical illusion. It really is a 30-foot tall eyeball made from 8,000 to 9,000 pounds of fiberglass, 9,000 pounds of steel, resin and paint. Chicago, Illinois in 2010 The giant eye sculpture was created in...

Giant Superman Statue in Metropolis, Illinois.

The 15 Best Illinois Roadside Attractions

Are you ready to take an Illinois road trip and find the best Illinois roadside attractions along the way? Whether you’re taking a car trip with kids or a weekend getaway with friends these 15 places to go in Illinois make fun pit stops on the road and great additions to your travel itinerary. I grew up in Illinois and have lived in the state all of my life...

The Givins Castle in Chicago, Illinois. The only castle in Chicago. Open House Chicago.

The Givins Castle in Chicago, Illinois

The Robert C. Givins Castle, also known as the “Irish Castle” or just “The Castle,” is a marvel of medieval-inspired architecture at home in the south side of Chicago, Illinois. The building, the only castle in Chicago, sits at the corner of 103rd Street and Longwood Drive in the Beverly community on Chicago’s south side. Since 1942, the...

Batcolumn: a giant baseball bat in Chicago, Illinois

Batcolumn: a Giant Baseball Bat in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is a city known for its baseball. After all, we have two teams: the Cubs and the White Sox. So it’s no wonder Chicago is also home to a giant metal baseball bat titled Batcolumn (or Bat Column). Batcolumn has stood outside the Harold Washington Social Security Administration Building in downtown Chicago since 1977 when it was commissioned by the U. S...

Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois | A giant yellow door with a monster peeking out the window in the West Loop

Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois

If you drive or walk past the Big Monster Door at Big Monster Toys in Chicago, Illinois, you’ll probably do a double take. That’s what happened to me the first time I went past. “What is that?” I squealed in delight at the giant yellow door with a giant silver knob and a giant green and purple monster peeking through the window pane. That is...

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 known as being the home of the world’s largest corn maze, but the fun...

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 delicatessen in Chicago. John & Gene’s on West Roscoe Street quickly became...