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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.

Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum in Arcola, Illinois

Raggedy Ann Museum in Arcola, Illinois (Closed)

Yesterday I shared the sad news that the Raggedy Ann Museum in Arcola, Illinois would be closing its doors later this year. A couple of years ago I headed to Arcola on an Illinois road trip (where I also saw the Gays two-story outhouse and the World’s Largest Cross), unfortunately I didn’t have time to go through the museum, but I did take a look through...

Metropolis Video Log – Road Trip to Metropolis, Illinois

And now it’s time for an extra special treat to wrap up the recap of my Metropolis road trip: a Metropolis Video Log! Here’s a video I put together with some clips from the road! I saw the I-57 Abraham Lincoln, the World’s Largest Cross in Effingham, the Super Museum, Superman Statue, and Americana Hollywood Museum in Metropolis. And, of course, I...

Giant Abraham Lincoln statue off of I-57 in Kankakee, Illinois.

The Elusive I-57 Lincoln Statue in Kankakee, Illinois

On I-57 when you reach Kankakee/Bourbonnais in Illinois you might see a familiar face. A giant statue of Abraham Lincoln (our 16th president) stands amongst construction lifts in the lot at Alexander Equipment Rental Inc &mndash; a local heavy equipment renter. While this roadside attraction is not the largest Lincoln in Illinois or the youngest statue Lincoln in...

Two-Story Outhouse in Gays, Illinois

Two-Story Outhouse in Gays, Illinois

On any road trip you’ll inevitably have to pull your car over to stop for a bathroom break. But sometimes that bathroom can actually be the destination. And Gays, Illinois in Moultrie County is home to just that road trip destination: a two-story outhouse. While the two storey outhouse (known to some as the “skyscrapper” or America’s Only 2...

Uniroyal Gal, a Muffler Man-like roadside attraction in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Uniroyal Gal in Mt. Vernon, Illinois (Now California)

The Swinging Sixties gave way to some of the most recognizable roadside attractions still in place today. Amongst those is the Uniroyal Gal, a giant fiberglass woman either donning a somewhat conservative skirt and top or a more provocative bikini. The statues stand (very) tall at 18 feet tall and weigh 230 pounds (though, really, you should never ask a gal her...

A giant bull roadside attraction in Stewardson, Illinois

Giant Bull Roadside Attraction in Stewardson, Illinois

A giant bull outside of Moomaw Elevator & Trucking in Stewardson, Illinois. There is a pig, a goat, and a lamb too! While you’re in the are, we sure to also check out the two-story outhouse and the Findlay Illinois Goat Tower. Site: Giant Bull Location: Moomaws Elevator & Trucking, 2800 East and 300N, Stewardson, IL Cost: Free to see. Hours: Always...

Findlay Illinois Goat Tower, or the goat tower of baaa, in Findlay, Illinois

Findlay Illinois Goat Tower

David Johnson’s goats are probably happier than most other goats in the world. In the small town of Findlay, Illinois, Johnson, along with the late Jack Cloe of Herrick, erected a tower specifically for the bearded animals. Known to some as the “goat tower of baaa” and others as “the world’s leading goat tower,” the Findlay...

Americana Hollywood Museum in Metropolis, Illinois

Americana Hollywood Museum in Metropolis, Illinois

A short skip away from the Super Museum, right across from the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, is a 40,000-square-foot building that could only be described with the proverbial “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Jim Hambrick’s (yes, the same Jim Hambrick that owns the Super Museum) Americana Hollywood Museum opened in 2005 and...

Big John Grocery Clerk in Metropolis, Illinois

Big John Grocery Clerk in Metropolis, Illinois

Big John Grocery is a small chain of grocery stores that have a larger than life Big John statue out front (nicknamed the Big John Grocery Clerk). From what I can tell only a few superstores currently left out there (although I am not sure how many there ever were) and many of the statues that still exist are now at completely different grocery stores or separate...