5 Weirdest Things I Have Ever Seen in Illinois

Mark Star

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Some people like visiting theme parks and shopping centers, while others love seeing unusual attractions. I am one of them. In Illinois, I have seen various strange and outstanding places. The following ones have left an everlasting impression on me.

Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities

When I opened the door of this unassuming little Andersonville store, I realized that I had entered a whole new world of profound wonders and curiosity. I could see taxidermy and anatomy in glass jars, and there were various antique medical tools and funerary items to keep my attention intact. If you visit this store, make sure you have gained some information about its history. You may see a painting made by the notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Everything at this store is on sale, so you can buy something if you want to.

Address: 1513 W. Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

The Piasa Bird

A fearsome monster called the Piasa once terrorized the Illini Indians near what is now called Alton, Illinois. It ate deer and depended on human flesh for its food. This is one of the most terrible stories I have ever heard. Ancient local town records describe a winged creature flying 50 feet above the water. Its painting is now resting on the bluffs of Alton. It was once removed but has returned to the original site for everyone to see.

Address: Hwy 100, Alton, IL

Rockmen Guardians

The Rockmen Guardians are a group of sculptures present in Rockford, Illinois, south of the Sinnissippi greenhouse on the west side of the Rock River recreation path. These are a total of four figures, all of which are made of granite and cement. When I visited this place, I was told that the artist is Terese Agnew of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The work was built in 1987 and 1988 and the statues are 12 feet tall.

Address: The Rock River Rec Bike Path, Rockford, IL 61107, USA

Dungeons and Dragons Park

If nothing sounds better than a Saturday night spent around the table drinking milk and playing a game, then you can go to this enchanted Illinois wonderland. It is spread in an area of 3.5 acres and is present in Carbondale. This world is full of gnomes, dragons, unicorns, and different creatures. I decided to go there on Sunday in the hopes of creating my real-life role-playing world. If you want to visit this place, you must keep the park rules in mind.

Address: 31 Homewood Dr, Carbondale, IL 62902, United States

Leaning Tower of Pisa

I was curious to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa but couldn’t justify the expense. So I decided to see its replica. In 1934, this structure was created as a utility tower for storing water filtration tanks. If you read the base of the Leaning Tower, you will find that this tower honors Galileo, the Italian scientist who tested his gravity theories by dropping differently weighted objects off the top of the Pisa tower.

Address: 6300 W Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714, USA

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