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

Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois

Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois

Traveling Route 66 or taking an Illinois road trip? You’ll want to go the way of the dinosaur and visit this fun stop: the Rooftop Sinclair Dinosaur in Wilmington, Illinois. In 1963 a Sinclair service station opened on Route 66 in Wilmington, Illinois. The business of course had one of the company’s signature mascots: a bright green fiberglass...

Roszell's Soda Shop mural - Mural City Route 66 Murals in Pontiac, Illinois

“Mural City” Route 66 Murals in Pontiac, Illinois

Pontiac, Illinois is a quintessential stop on Route 66. It is home to the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum, many historical places, and one of the most photographed murals on Route 66. But there are more than 20 other works of public art painted across the historic downtown that give Pontiac the moniker, Route 66 Mural City. Let’s check them...

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri - a Route 66 roadside attraction

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge on Route 66

This Route 66 attraction was once an essential part of the cross-country journey, taking travelers from Illinois, across the Mississippi river, and into Missouri (or vice versa). While you can no longer drive the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, it’s still worth a trip to walk (or bike) across and admire. The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge spans just over a mile across the...

Pancakes with butter and maple syrup and a side of bacon at Lou Mitchell's Restaurant on Route 66 in Chicago, Illinois

Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant on Route 66

You know you can get your kicks on Route 66 but how about getting your pancakes? Or your omelettes? Or your Milk Duds? In downtown Chicago you’ll find a restaurant synonymous with the start of the Mother Road: Lou Mitchell’s restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. Lou Mitchell’s opened in 1923 and several factors contributed to its continued success. Besides their delicious...

Historic Route 66 Begin Sign in Chicago, Illinois

Historic Route 66 Begin Sign in Chicago, Illinois

Ready to get your kicks on Route 66? Every great road trip along the Mother Road starts here: the Historic Route 66 Begin Sign in Chicago, Illinois. Route 66 was established in 1926, and, for many years, served as the premiere drive for anyone taking a western bound migration. Running from Chicago to Los Angeles the road spanned 2,448 through Illinois, Missouri...

Haunted Trails Frankenstein Muffler Man in Burbank, Illinois

Haunted Trails Frankenstein Muffler Man in Burbank, Illinois

Haunted Trails in Burbank, Illinois is a family entertainment center with a spooky twist. Operating since 1975, the property has an arcade, go-carts, batting cages, and a mini golf course, all with a G-rated monster theme. It’s a fun place to take your kids, have an afternoon with friends, or even take a date. For road trippers looking for the big and weird...

Casey Illinois Attractions: Big Things in a Small Town

Casey Illinois Attractions: Big Things in a Small Town

If you’re the type of person who always pulls over for roadside attractions you can’t miss this. Casey, Illinois is home to twelve official world’s largest things, houses a myriad of other oversized attractions, and takes their slogan of “Big Things in a Small Town” seriously. You can’t miss these Casey Illinois attractions. Table Of Contents Roadside Attractions in...

Big Birdcage in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

Big Birdcage in Casey, Illinois

Casey, Illinois is a small town known for its big things. The town is home to over thirty roadside attractions, including twelve record holding world’s largest things! One of the most popular sites in Casey isn’t one of the world’s largest collection, but its big size and interactivity make it a well-beloved stop. Spread your wings and get ready to...

World's Largest Mailbox in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

World’s Largest Mailbox in Casey, Illinois

This roadside attraction is first class and so big you’re going to want to visit posthaste. It’s the world’s largest mailbox in Casey, Illinois. Casey, Illinois is known for its big versions of normal-sized things. With twelve world-record holding world’s largest roadside attractions and a whole pack of non-record breaking but still impressively large objects, it’s a...

Big Pencil in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

Big Pencil in Casey, Illinois

Casey, Illinois is a small town known for its big things. The town is home to over thirty roadside attractions, including twelve record holding world’s largest things! And while the big pencil in Casey, Illinois might not be the world’s largest (you can find the world’s largest pencil at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri), it is quite a bit larger...