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Ashmore, Illinois

World's Tallest Lincoln Statue

This abandoned Abraham Lincoln statue has also earned the honorary of "World's Ugliest."
Waukegan, Illinois

Dead River

A river with some unusual, and occasionally dangerous, habits.
Rockford, Illinois

Beattie Park Mound Group Historic Site

This unassuming city park is home to three different types of Native American mounds.
Barrington, Illinois

Sanfilippo Theatre Pipe Organ

With 8,000 pipes this giant instrument is the most versatile theatre pipe organ ever built.
Oregon, Illinois

Black Hawk Statue

This monolithic statue was erected in honor of Chief Black Hawk (even if it wasn't made to look like him).
Oak Brook, Illinois

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

Museum dedicated to the art of cutting and polishing stones.
DeKalb, Illinois

The Egyptian Theatre

This architectural stunner is one of the few surviving Egyptian Revival theaters in the U.S.
Batavia, Illinois

Fabyan Windmill

Arguably the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States, rivaling its counterparts in the Netherlands.
Batavia, Illinois

Fermilab

World's second largest particle accelerator, where nature reveals its secrets.
Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Tomb

When you visit his grave, be sure to rub the Great Emancipator's nose for good luck.
Rockford, Illinois

Rockmen Guardians

The city of Rockford, Illinois is symbolically protected by a quartet of fittingly stony sentinels.
Chicago, Illinois

Garfield Park Conservatory

A lush green oasis in the middle of Chicago.
Middleton, Wisconsin

National Mustard Museum

More than 5,000 contemporary and "historic" mustards from around the world.
Chicago, Illinois

Shit Fountain

A giant bronze coil of feces is both a tribute to doggie defecation and a reminder to pick it up.
Ogema, Wisconsin

Timms Hill

The highest point in Wisconsin is capped by two towers that are not as mythic as Tolkien's but provide much better views.
Spring Green, Wisconsin

House on the Rock

A bizarre house filled with an astounding array of collections.
Baraboo, Wisconsin

International Crane Foundation

This unique zoo is the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of crane.