Oddball Illinois: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places

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Giant fiberglass wieners atop a hotdog stand. Wild green parrots that live in the city. A double-decker outhouse. A museum dedicated to surgical science. Statues that weep. Find out where these and other eclectic sites are located in Oddball Illinois, an offbeat travel guide that’s a mix of Fodors and News of the Weird. There is more between Chicago and St. Louis than cornfields and plenty of fascinating places in the Windy City that aren’t on Michigan Avenue. Oddball Illinois won’t point out the hottest club in ...

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Overview

Giant fiberglass wieners atop a hotdog stand. Wild green parrots that live in the city. A double-decker outhouse. A museum dedicated to surgical science. Statues that weep. Find out where these and other eclectic sites are located in Oddball Illinois, an offbeat travel guide that’s a mix of Fodors and News of the Weird. There is more between Chicago and St. Louis than cornfields and plenty of fascinating places in the Windy City that aren’t on Michigan Avenue. Oddball Illinois won’t point out the hottest club in Chicago, the quaintest small-town bed & breakfast, nor the most scenic hiking trail in Illinois. This book will, however, tell about the locations of America’s One and Only Hippie Memorial, Scarlett O’Hara’s green drapes, Popeye’s Hometown, and several places the local Chambers of Commerce would just as soon be forgotten. Behind all the odd sights is some wonderfully interesting history and a chance to see some underappreciated sites throughout the state.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Parent
Interesting and unusual.
Chicago Tribune
one irresistible guidebook
Chuck Shepherd
This in not your parents' travel book, but in the new millennium, all guides will be written like this.
News of the Weird
Country Almanac
Proudly goes where no guidebook has ever dared to tread.
Daily Herald
a veritable smorgasbord of oddities
Indianapolis Prime Time Magazine
what a great job Jerome Pohlen has
Kane County Chronicle
A view of quirky and under-appreciated destinations in Illinois and Chicago.
PBS Chicago CityTalk, PBS Chicago
this book demonstrates just how offbeat Illinoisans can get
Salt Lake Tribune
(Pohlen's) prose makes reading the Oddball guides a delight
The Courier
Takes a wry look at some of those little discoveries that can make your travel day.
Tri-County News Williamsfield Times Edition
For those who are up to an adventure, but don't like to venture too far from home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523717
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Oddball series
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 1,460,924
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Pohlen is an editor and educational writer who has written 40 travel guides covering most of the continental United States. His travel writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader. He lives in Chicago.

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