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Des Plaines, Illinois

McDonald's First Store Museum

Despite its name, this fast food museum is actually a replica of the ninth McDonald's store.
Chicago, Illinois

Rock N Roll McDonald's and Museum

The palatial McDonald's that inspired Wesley Willis.
Galena, Illinois

The Dowling House

The oldest house in Galena, Illinois, now is a reminder of when this city was the world's lead mining capital.
Lincoln, Illinois

Railsplitter Covered Wagon

The world's largest covered wagon is piloted by a giant Lincoln lawyer.
Chicago, Illinois

Essanay Studios

This landmark of the Chicago silent film industry may not be in the picture business anymore but it still stands proudly.
Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles

Half-sized replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa built to honor Galileo.
Chicago, Illinois

Couch Place (The Alley of Death)

This alley in downtown Chicago held the bodies of over 600 people after the fateful Iroquois Theatre fire.
Collinsville, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Once one of the world's great cities, Cahokia was a place of religious worship, trade and mass human sacrifice before being mysteriously abandoned.
Winnetka, Illinois

The Home Alone House

Recognized the world over as the home of the McCallister's in the 1990 movie Home Alone.
Wilmette, Illinois

Bahá'í Temple

The only Bahá'í house of worship in North America and one of only a handful worldwide.
Springfield, Illinois

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

One of the largest carillons in the world, this giant instrument has 67 cast-iron bells played by a keyboard.
Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Tomb

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

Lychakiv Cemetery

Monumental sculptures guard many of the graves, transforming this necropolis into an open-air fine art museum.
Kyiv, Ukraine

House with Chimaeras

An Art Nouveau building covered in animal gargoyles.
Borshchivs'kyi district, Ukraine

Priest's Grotto

A subterranean Holocaust refuge within one of the world's longest cave systems.
Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat Amusement Park

Radioactive amusement park abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster.
Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa Catacombs

The largest catacomb system in the world.
London, England

London's Stretcher Railings

The fences outside some of South London's estates are made from recycled World War II stretchers.
Evanston, Illinois

Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop

Shop of curiosities with a dinosaur museum tucked in its basement.
Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University Shakespeare Garden

Roses and other fascinating flora fill this garden built to commemorate Britain's immortal Bard.
Chicago, Illinois

Terra Cotta Row

In a quiet north Chicago neighborhood rests a stunning relic of the golden age of earthenware design.
London, England

York Water Gate

These ornate arches show how the course of the River Thames has changed.
London, England

'A Conversation With Oscar Wilde'

An unusual ode to the late Irish playwright, complete with a squiggly bust and coffin-shaped bench.
London, England

Gravestone of Henry Croft

A statue of the original Pearly King is hidden in a church's crypt.