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Roadside Attractions in Illinois

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

Hidden Trout Fisherman Statue, a roadside attraction in Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois

Trout Fisherman Statue in Des Plaines, Illinois

This trout fish and trout fisherman statue were found tucked away behind a fence and some overgrown greenery on the side of the road in Des Plaines, Illinois. Driving down Golf Road, they’d be easy to miss. The fisherman and trout flank a sign that simply proclaims “trout fishing” and originally stood at Golf Road Trout Farm, a local attraction that...

God Bless America - American Gothic Statue by J. Seward Johnson - in Chicago, Illinois.

God Bless America – American Gothic Statue

While much of American culture is based on the philosophy that “bigger is better,” creating something too big can sometimes be controversial. Currently, in Sarasota, Florida, a 25-foot rendering of “The Kiss,” entitled “Unconditional Surrender” is causing a ruckus and debates between supporters and opponents. While some like the...

Moose (W-02-03), a chrome moose statue on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

Moose (W-02-03) in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue isn’t considered the “Magnificent Mile” for nothing. A stretch along the street plays home to shops galore, restaurants, skyscrapers, and river views that keep tourists coming back. But alongside business and pleasure there is a wacky side to the street that showcases some of the silliest sites Chicago has to offer...

Jack Brickhouse Memorial Statue in Chicago, Illinois.

Jack Brickhouse Memorial Statue in Chicago, Illinois

Jack Brickhouse was a Chicago sports legend. Although he wasn’t known for swinging a bat or tossing a pitch he was known for his contributions to both of Chicago’s baseball teams as an announcer. From 1948 to 1981 Brickhouse called Cubs games on WGN-TV and had also called for the White Sox until they left WGN in 1968. In 1981 he retired from announcing...

The world's tallest man Robert Wadlow's birth house in Alton, Illinois.

Robert Wadlow’s Birth House in Alton, Illinois

Robert Wadlow’s Birth House stands near the statue of Robert Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man, and the replica of his chair on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Illinois. It is a restoration project of the Cole-Clark Carriage House and the Robert Wadlow Birth House. Robert Pershing Wadlow (also...

Replica of Robert Wadlow’s Chair in Alton, Illinois

A replica of Robert Wadlow’s chair stands beside the statue of the World’s tallest man in Alton, Illinois. “In November 1939, Robert Wadlow visited Virginia on an advertising campaign. Mr. C.L. Smith, President of Galax Furniture Company, saw Robert and was so taken with the apparent discomfort he experiences when sitting in a chair of normal size...

Big News from the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle

Last week, after the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle announced that it would be announcing some exciting news, there was much speculation as to what it could be: Would it be filled with catsup? (although some argued that it already was) Would a giant mustard bottle be erected next to it? Or French Fries? Would the Jolly Green Giant be stopping by to steal it away...

Moomaw America's Hippie Memorial, the one and only Hippie Memorial, a roadside attraction in Arcola, Illinois

One and Only Hippie Memorial in Arcola, Illinois

Just down the block from the Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum is another awesome roadside attraction: The World’s One and Only Hippie Memorial. The monument spans 62 feet across alongside the railroad tracks in Arcola, Illinois. It was built by local Bob Moomaw. He had worked as both a tax assessor and railroad clerk, but disliked both jobs. He preferred painting...