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

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...

Twistee Treat in East Peoria, Illinois | The Twistee Treat franchise offers soft serve ice cream and hot dogs in giant ice cream shaped buildings across the US. Novelty Architecture + Cool Desserts

Twistee Treat Franchise: Ice Cream Shaped Buildings

How much do you love ice cream? Enough to eat a giant cone? How about enough to eat AT a giant cone? The Twistee Treat franchise offers fast food and ice cream delights in giant ice cream shaped buildings across the US. About the Twistee Treat Franchise In 1983, Twistee Treat was founded in North Fort Myers, Florida. The chain was known for their dipped soft served...

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...

Bison in a field at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois. See Bison in Illinois.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie: Bison in Illinois

When I think about finding a home where the buffalo roam in the United States, I think of South Dakota, North Dakota (home of the World’s Largest Buffalo and the National Buffalo Museum), or Wyoming. I don’t necessarily think of Illinois. But you can find roaming bison in Illinois at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington. About Midewin...

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket a Route 66 restaurant in Illinois.

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket on Route 66

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket is an iconic Route 66 restaurant in Illinois. In Willowbrook, just off the famous route, and present day Interstate 55 (I-55) , this chicken joint has been serving up chicken since the 1930s. In the late 1930s/early 1940s Ervin ‘Irv’ Kolarik started selling chicken sandwiches at a gas station on the Mother Road. One day he...

De Immigrant Windmill in Fulton, Illinois- Dutch Windmill in the United States. American Roadside Attraction.

De Immigrant Windmill – Dutch Windmill in Fulton, Illinois

The De Immigrant Windmill in Fulton, Illinois, is an authentic Dutch Windmill that was manufactured and prefabricated in the Netherlands before being shipped and assembled in the American midwest. It is said to be one of only two Dutch windmills in the United States. De Immigrant Windmill in Fulton, Illinois- Dutch Windmill in the United States. An American Roadside...

Greetings From Chicago Mural in Logan Square, Chicago. This Chicago wall mural was painted in May 2015 as part of The Greetings From Tour: a travel and art project by Victor Ving (a former graffiti artist from New York City) and photographer Lisa Beggs.

Greetings From Chicago Mural in Logan Square

Greetings from… I’m sure you’ve all seen those vintage postcards with the name of the city spelled out in big bold letters. Greetings from Austin. Greetings from New York. Greetings from Oklahoma City. But have you ever seen a depiction as big as the Greetings From Chicago mural in Logan Square? This Chicago wall mural was painted in May 2015 as...