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Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room

Once at the center of U.S. finance, the historic Trading Room was meticulously recreated piece by piece and rebuilt in the Art Institute.
Chicago, Illinois

Tsavo Man Eaters

These pretty kitties killed and ate as many as 135 railway workers.
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.
North Freedom, Wisconsin

Dr. Evermor's Forevertron

"World's largest scrap metal sculpture" stands in an outsider art sculpture garden in the middle of Wisconsin.
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Mount Horeb Trollway

Bypass decorated with large wooden troll carvings.
Oregon, Illinois

The Eternal Indian

This monolithic statue was erected in honor of Chief Black Hawk even if it was not made to look like him.
Dubuque, Iowa

Fenelon Place Elevator

For just a few bucks this Iowa funicular will let you feel like a 1800s fat cat.
Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque Shot Tower

This long unused shot tower on the Mississippi remains a point of pride for a small town in Iowa.
Chicago, Illinois

North Avenue Baths Facade

Former bath house turns gastropub.
Chicago, Illinois

Championship Vinyl in "High Fidelity"

Where Cusack's record store from the film "High Fidelity" was located.
Chicago, Illinois

Former Home of MTV’s “The Real World Chicago"

Location of the Real World's disastrous, and protested, eleventh season.
Chicago, Illinois

Former location of The Hothouse

A long lost multi-cultural music venue used to reside in the bottom floor of Chicago's Flat Iron Building.
Chicago, Illinois

Flat Iron Building

Not to be confused with the iconic New York City skyscraper, this Chicago building is a vibrant hub for artists.
Chicago, Illinois

Myopic Books

A Bibliophile's Dream.
Chicago, Illinois

Oz Park

This Oz-themed public park had a wonderful impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
Key West, Florida

Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.

A monument celebrating the idea of reaching inaccessible places.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Caracol - The Observatory of Chichen Itza

No telescopes, no power, no gift shop—one of the world's oldest observatories takes astronomy back to basics.
Spokane, Washington

Big Red Wagon

This playground sculpture of an icon from the past is dedicated to the children of the future.
Spokane, Washington

Garbage-Eating Goat Statue

This inanimate goat has been helping to clean up the city of Spokane for almost 40 years.
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

World's longest known cave.
Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Tomb

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

Peoria State Hospital

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Woodstock, Illinois

George Stickney House

This softly rounded mansion was built without corners not to avoid evil spirits, but to make them more comfortable.