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  • Historic Auto Attractions

    Historic Auto Attractions

    Roscoe, Illinois

    History, via 20th century pop culture and you-are-almost-there artifacts. The way we like it!

  • Dungeons and Dragons Park

    Dungeons and Dragons Park

    Carbondale, Illinois

    D&D fan killed in an auto accident is remembered with a fantasy memorial park.

  • World's Largest Cross

    World's Largest Cross

    Effingham, Illinois

    198-ft. tall interstate-convenient no-nonsense soul-saver.

  • Super Museum

    Super Museum

    Metropolis, Illinois

    The life's work of Jim Hambrick, stuffed with over 65,000 items relating to Superman.

  • Miniature Golf in a Funeral Home

    Miniature Golf in a Funeral Home

    Palatine, Illinois

    Funeral parlor owner's private basement mini-golf. Kids, keep the noise down during viewings!

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    Springfield, Illinois

    An imagineered immersion in the life of the 16th President.

  • Kaskaskia Dragon

    Kaskaskia Dragon

    Vandalia, Illinois

    Spend your dragon coins wisely at this fire-breathing beast contraption.

  • Gold Pyramid House

    Gold Pyramid House

    Wadsworth, Illinois

    The only house in the neighborhood with giant statue of an Egyptian god and a 3-pyramid garage.

  • Robert Wadlow, World's Tallest Man

    Robert Wadlow, World's Tallest Man

    Alton, Illinois

    Exhibits and statue at the birthplace of the World's Tallest Man, Robert Wadlow.

  • The Piasa Bird

    The Piasa Bird

    Alton, Illinois

    Monster bird of legend merits a tourism roost along the river.

  • One and Only Hippie Memorial

    One and Only Hippie Memorial

    Arcola, Illinois

    The conceptual artistic legacy of the late Bob Moomaw, whose Hippie Memorial suggests that he liked the 1960s and disliked Ronald Reagan.

  • Statue of Popeye

    Statue of Popeye

    Chester, Illinois

    Hometown of cartoonist immortalizes Popeye's ragtag entourage with statues around town.

  • World's Largest Catsup Bottle

    World's Largest Catsup Bottle

    Collinsville, Illinois

    A water tower painted to resemble a bottle of Brooks Tangy Catsup.

  • Muffler Man - Bunyan

    Muffler Man - Bunyan

    Crystal Lake, Illinois

    A Paul Bunyan Muffler Man, once an attraction at Ozzie Water Park in Palatine, has retired to gardening.

  • Muffler Man - Indian

    Muffler Man - Indian

    Crystal Lake, Illinois

    Displaced by the closing of a local water park, the towering Indian brave now greets customers at a garden center.

  • McDonald's Museum and Store No. 1

    McDonald's Museum and Store No. 1

    Des Plaines, Illinois

    A sacred origin spot for American fast foodies, the Store No 1 museum creates its own 1955 time warp, but stands across the street from a modern McDonald's.

  • Big John - Grocery Clerk

    Big John - Grocery Clerk

    Eldorado, Illinois

    A grocery clerk giant, Big John clutches three car-crushing bags of groceries in a supermarket parking lot.

  • Two-Story Outhouse

    Two-Story Outhouse

    Gays, Illinois

    No joke -- this double dumper was in service for years.

  • Purple Martin Capital of the Nation

    Purple Martin Capital of the Nation

    Griggsville, Illinois

    Signs claim Purple Martins eat 2,000 mosquitoes a day... and they live in luxury bird condo high-rises in town. Coincidence that purple martin houses are manufactured here?

  • Home of the White Squirrels

    Home of the White Squirrels

    Olney, Illinois

    Mecca of Albino Squirrels, Olney loves their pink-eyed squirrel colony.

  • Norma Jean, Elephant Killed By Lightning

    Norma Jean, Elephant Killed By Lightning

    Oquawka, Illinois

    Norma Jean was the star of the Clark and Walters Circus until a bolt of lightning killed her in Oquawka's town square.

  • Uniroyal Gal: Vanna Whitewall

    Uniroyal Gal: Vanna Whitewall

    Peoria, Illinois

    A towering temptress, formerly in a fiberglass bikini, is now clad more modestly. But "Vanna Whitewall" can still stop traffic.

  • Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum

    Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum

    Pontiac, Illinois

    Exhibits on the memorable attractions, businesses and the colorful characters of the Mother Road, including Bob Waldmire's Road Yacht.

  • Pollard's Collection

    Pollard's Collection

    Salem, Illinois

    Mr. Pollard can't seem to throw any of his good junk away.

  • Captured Leg of Santa Anna

    Captured Leg of Santa Anna

    Springfield, Illinois

    The Alamo's revenge, snatched from the Mexican general and displayed in a museum.

  • Defiant Tomb Of Mr. Accordion

    Defiant Tomb Of Mr. Accordion

    Springfield, Illinois

    Roy Bertelli, "Mr. Accordion," built his grave on the way to Lincoln's tomb just to irritate the cemetery's owners.

  • Henry's Ra66it Ranch

    Henry's Ra66it Ranch

    Staunton, Illinois

    Route 66, a replica old-time gas station, a nod to Cadillac Ranch in Texas. Did we mention the live bunnies?

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