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

Trout Fisherman Statue in Des Plaines, Illinois (Moved)

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This giant trout fish and trout fisherman statue was once found tucked away behind a fence and some overgrown greenery on the side of the road in Des Plaines, Illinois. So overgrown was the surrounding foliage, driving down Golf Road on a Chicago road trip, they’d have been easy to miss. Luckily between my and my road trip companions’ eagle eyes, we were able to find this truly hidden gem!

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

The trout and fisherman sculpture flanked a sign that simply proclaims “trout fishing” and originally stood at Golf Road Trout Farm, a local Des Plaines attraction that opened in 1957. In 1997 the Illinois trout farm closed, everything was bulldozed, and the ponds were filled in. The only thing left were these statues and sign.

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

For nearly twenty years this fisherman and giant trout statue remained, though they became more and more buried under unruly brush. And then, in 2015, they disappeared completely. It was a sad day in the life of Illinois roadside attractions…but a happy one for Wisconsin roadside attractions.

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

It looks like the vintage fisherman statue and giant trout were sold to Mad Dan’s, a restaurant in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, lost the sign, were repainted and refurbished, and live on for a new generation of roadside attraction lovers to find.

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

Trout Fisherman Statue

REPORTED GONE FROM ILLINOIS
Former Location: Golf Road, off of I-294, Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois
New Location: Mad Dan’s Restaurant, 200 E Main St, Twin Lakes, WI 53181
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible
Date: November 25, 2007


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A hidden Trout Fisherman Statue on the side of the road in Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois. Relocated to Mad Dan's, a restaurant in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. This was once a fun Illinois road trip stop on a travel itinerary.
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A hidden Trout Fisherman Statue on the side of the road in Niles/Des Plaines, Illinois. Relocated to Mad Dan’s, a restaurant in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. This was once a fun Illinois road trip stop on a travel itinerary.
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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