There are a lot of roadside landmarks known across the country, from Route 66 to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in the middle of nowhere in Kansas. But if you’ve never taken the time to indulge in what Chicago, Illinois has to offer, you and your family are truly missing out on some greats. Without partaking in Chicago’s weird and wonderful roadside, you are not enjoying your time off to the fullest. While there are many attractions far and wide, here are the most popular and the ones you’ll want above all the others.
The Leaning Tower Of Niles
Not everyone can afford a luxurious trip to Paris. This is completely understandable in today’s economy. However, who says you must go all the way to Paris just to indulge in the best parts of the city? You don’t when you stop 15 miles northeast of O’Hare. It is here that you’ll catch a replica of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. It only stands at about half the height of the real tower, but it is still a sight to see. Oh, and don’t forget the reflecting pool. This just adds a little more authenticity to the whole Italian feel of the attraction. If you’ve always dreamed of visiting Paris, this attraction will prove to be the next best thing. Don’t forget to add it to your list of stops.
The Home Alone House
Without a doubt, one of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time, Home Alone, is still wowing and marveling for children from all around the world. You can visit the Georgian-style home when you stop by 671 Lincoln Avenue. It looks as it did back when the movie was originally filmed. The neat thing about the entire attraction is that the home is lived in by a legitimate couple, so keep your visit brief and respectable. They’re friendly people who will often offer tours.
World’s Largest Wagon
If Home Alone is one of the world’s most iconic Christmas movies, Radio Flyer is without a doubt the world’s most iconic wagon maker. Maybe it is that movie that makes you partial to the prolific wagon designer. Maybe a big portion of your childhood consisted of getting pulled around in one of these beauties. Whatever the situation is, you and your loved ones can enjoy a view of the world’s largest little, red wagon when you pay a visit to Chicago’s famed Westside. It’s a massive replica that stands in front of the company’s headquarters. If you are lucky enough, you might also get a tour on the same day. Either way, a photo of the 27-foot-long wagon that can hold nearly 80 children is a treat in of itself. It is something that cannot be missed, and you’ll be glad you didn’t!