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Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow in Libertyville, Illinois
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Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow in Libertyville, Illinois

This giant fiberglass Muffler Man and Bessie the Cow stands outside of Lambs Farm in Libertyville, Illinois. Lambs Farm is a non-profit organization that provides vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities. The property features a petting zoo, pet shop, thrift shop, country store, cafe and bakery... and this roadside attraction.



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Super Shiny Muffler Man in Evergreen Park, Illinois
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Super Shiny Muffler Man in Evergreen Park, Illinois

This super shiny muffler man in Evergreen Park, Illinois stands on top of Guardian Auto Rebuilders. He sports a sleek coat of car paint that gives him that extra sparkle. These photos were taken long ago but rumor has it he now carries a hockey stick! ...
Big Chief – Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois
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Big Chief – Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

The giant cigar store Indian outside of Cardinal Liquor Barn in Oak Lawn, Illinois is known by locals as "Big Chief." And, he's kind of a big deal. The Indian was built by a company called Creative Display in the 1970s. It was originally constructed as an attraction for a cigar store in nearby Chicago Ridge but moved to it's current locale in 1998. The landmark statue is so cherished by the city that a ...
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 ...
Olney, Illinois: Home of the White Squirrels
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Olney, Illinois: Home of the White Squirrels

Many towns in America profess themselves to be a "home of the white squirrels": pockets of suburbia where these curious albino squirrels seem to congregate. Olney, Illinois is one of the most boastful. About 200 or so of the tiny mammals currently inhabit the town. At its peak though, there were around 1,000. Every fall the town holds a squirrel count. It's a town where squirrels rule: they have the ...
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Garage in Highland Park, Illinois
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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Garage in Highland Park, Illinois

I saw this in the news the other day: the famous "Ferris Bueller house" is for sale. You know Ferris Bueller's Day Off, right? And you definitely know the iconic Ferris Bueller's Day Off Garage, right? If you've never seen the movie, well, GO WATCH IT NOW! (Amazon affiliate link) I'll wait. Promise. One of the most iconic scenes in the movie features Ferris's friend Cameron running his dad's prized ...
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 ...
Novelty Golf: Part 2
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Novelty Golf: Part 2

Here are some more photos from the awesomeness that is Novelty Golf: Site: Novelty Golf Location: 3650 West Devon Ave. Lincolnwood IL. 60712 Cost: See website for current prices. Hours: Open 7 days a week, April through October, 10 am till midnight (Memorial Day thru Labor Day ) Date: June 12, 2010 ...
Novelty Golf
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Novelty Golf

It's the summer of 2010 and you're watching television and this commercial comes on your HD flat screen TV... and you might wonder if you've skipped 20 or so years back in time. Or, if you're like me, you think "OMG I HAVE TO GO." Luckily last weekend a friend was visiting and with no prompting from myself he suggested we go to this golf course he heard about...my friends may just know me too ...

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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.