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  • Giant Trolls of Thomas Dambo

    Giant Trolls of Thomas Dambo

    Lisle, Illinois

    One is 30 feet tall. One crushes cars. One eats people. Junk wood trolls hide in the forest of the Morton Arboretum.

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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 (Castle Park)

    Dungeons and Dragons Park (Castle Park)

    Carbondale, Illinois

    Dungeons and Dragons fan killed in an auto accident is remembered with a fantasy memorial park.

  • America's Largest Cross

    America's Largest Cross

    Effingham, Illinois

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

  • Museum of Initiation Pranks

    Museum of Initiation Pranks

    Greenville, Illinois

    Tour the company that built "prank" devices for fraternal lodge initiations. Visitors can experience the Branding Iron, the Bucking Goat, and the Spanking Machine, among others.

  • Super Museum

    Super Museum

    Metropolis, Illinois

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

  • Superman Statue

    Superman Statue

    Metropolis, Illinois

    The Man of Steel stands, larger than life and ever-vigilant in his hometown of Metropolis.

  • 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!

  • Wheels O' Time Museum

    Wheels O' Time Museum

    Peoria, Illinois

    Historical Peoria brought to life with the city's old clocks, cars and jukeboxes. Singing barbershop quartet of former Presidents!

  • 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.

  • Volo Museum: Bonnie and Clyde Death Car

    Volo Museum: Bonnie and Clyde Death Car

    Volo, Illinois

    Hollywood vehicles and outlandish Kustom Kars: million-dollar Cat-in-the-Hat car, 1966 Batmobile, Elvis's 1974 custom Cadillac station wagon.

  • Gemini Giant: Space Age Muffler Man

    Gemini Giant: Space Age Muffler Man

    Wilmington, Illinois

    Outfitted for short-sleeved space travel, this fiberglass giant has guarded the Launching Pad drive-in on Route 66 since 1965.

  • Robert Wadlow, World's Tallest Man

    Robert Wadlow, World's Tallest Man

    Alton, Illinois

    Life-size statue at the birthplace of the World's Tallest Man, Robert Wadlow, who stood nearly nine feet tall. Artifacts from his life are displayed in the Alton Museum of History and Art across the street.

  • The Piasa Bird

    The Piasa Bird

    Alton, Illinois

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

  • Curiosity Museum, formerly Historic Museum of Torture Devices

    Curiosity Museum, formerly Historic Museum of Torture Devices

    Alton, Illinois

    Chastity belts, Native American foot torture, and "the much-dreaded Chinese Death Cage," in America's most haunted building and town.

  • Relics of the World's Tallest Man

    Relics of the World's Tallest Man

    Alton, Illinois

    Robert Wadlow stood nearly nine feet tall, so everything he wore or used had to be big. A few relics have survived to impress later generations of tinier humans.

  • 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.

  • Sit with Roger Ebert

    Sit with Roger Ebert

    Champaign, Illinois

    Famous movie reviewer Roger Ebert watched films in the Virginia Theatre when he was young. Empty seats allow visitors to critique alongside a bronze Roger.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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