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

Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in Chicago, Illinois

Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in Chicago, Illinois

Muffler men are tall fiberglass sculptures created by International Fiberglass in Venice, California, that were once popular advertising icons on the roads of America. There were many types of this roadside attraction produced — classic, Bunyan, cowboy, Indian — and they are found holding everything from hot dogs to American Flags. Another type is the bent-rod...

Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois

Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois

Fiberglass Muffler Man number two this week has stood in the parking lot outside Lauterbach Tire & Auto Service in Springfield, Illinois since 1978. While the Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man (also known as the Lauterbach Giant) looked perfectly fine when I met him in 2007 (as pictured here), he had earlier undergone some tragedy: he lost his head when a tornado flew...

Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois

Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois

When you think of the word “Muffler Man” what do you think? Is it a guy who fixes your car? Or is it a person made from car mufflers? If you’re like me, you think differently, and think of something like this Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois. A muffler man is a giant fiberglass man often found on Route 66. He stands so tall at 18...

Muffler Man Week at Silly America

Sneak Peek: Muffler Man Week!

Oh have you seen the muffler man, The muffler man, the muffler man? Oh have you seen the muffler man, That lives out on the lane? Oh yes I’ve seen the muffler man, The muffler man, the muffler man! Oh yes I’ve seen the muffler man, That lives out on the lane! Last week I brought to you photos of Gemini Giant Muffler Man in Wilmington, Illinois. This week...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

The Gemini Giant is a 28-foot tall muffler man who stands on Route 66 outside the Launching Pad restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois. He weighs in at a whopping 438 pounds: not counting his base of the giant 80-foot rocket he holds in his hands! This space man is one of many muffler men spread throughout the United States. The Wilmington Gemini Giant has gone through...

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain

It’s kind of sort of freezing here in Chicago. And snowy. Very snowy. I’m itching to get away (in fact, I spontaneously decided to plan a road trip to Texas in a few months!) but for now I just am wrapping myself in my Snuggie (don’t judge, my mom gave it to me for my birthday…OK, so maybe I asked her to get me one for my birthday…) and...

World's Tallest Abraham Lincoln Statue in Ashmore, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln Roadside Attractions in Illinois

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 201st birthday today, here are some awesome Abraham Lincoln roadside attractions in Illinois! You might not automatically think roadside attractions when you think of our 16th President of the United States but he is actually the subject of quite a few tourist traps in the state. From the world’s tallest to the youngest to a...

Superdawg Wheeling Opening Day

Superdawg Wheeling is now open!

Sometimes its 3pm and you’re at work, which means you are also on Twitter (hey, you’re only human) and you see the tweet you and many others have been waiting for too long: Superdawg Wheeling is open. Superdawg was opened in Chicago in 1948 by Maurie Berman and his wife Florence. The neighborhood carhop is just as well known for its mustard/neon...

Veteran's Memorial Circle

Veterans Memorial Circle in Brookfield, Illinois

Confession: growing up I always thought my hometown of Brookfield, Illinois was special. Why? Because we had a round-a-bout. You see, I thought we had the only round-a-bout outside of Europe. I knew they were common sites there (although I had never seen firsthand) and I knew they were not common sites in the States. So having one only two blocks from my house seemed...