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

Giant Cigar Store Indian in Oak Lawn, Illinois

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...

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 looking for the best roadside attractions in Chicago and this was one of the final stops: the giant Indian muffler man on the roof of an eye clinic wearing a sandwich board that declares “Eye Can See You Now”. There were cops nearby and we didn’t want to feed a...

World's Largest Radio Flyer Wagon in Elmwood Park, Illinois

World’s Largest Radio Flyer Wagon in Elmwood Park, Illinois

Antonio Pasin built his first wooden wagon in 1917. They quickly became popular among 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...

Olney, Illinois: Home of the White Squirrels

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...

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Garage in Highland Park, Illinois

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...

Taste of Chicago, annual festival in Chicago, Illinois

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...

Novelty Golf in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Novelty Golf Minigolf in Lincolnwood, Illinois

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...

Cubs/Sox Picasso in Chicago, Illinois

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...

The Chicago Picasso outside of the Daley Center wearing a Blackhawks hat.

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...

New giant hot dogs on the roof of Superdawg Wheeling.

Superdawg Wheeling’s new giant hot dogs!

Being a Chicagoan has many advantages…one of those most definitely being that we have some of the best hot dog choices the country has to offer. Whether you love Portillo’s or Hot Doug’s, Gene and Judes or The Wiener’s Circle, there is definitely one place that stands in a league of its own…so much so that is doesn’t sell hot dogs...