Oddball Illinois (Paperback)

A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places (Oddball series)

By Jerome Pohlen

Chicago Review Press, 9781613740323, 400pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

List Price: 16.95*
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There is more to Illinois than cornfields, corrupt politicians, and the Cubs! The Land of Lincoln is filled with fascinating people, one-of-a-kind places, and things with unique and bizarre histories. Forget about quaint small town bed-and-breakfasts and crowded Chicago nightclubs—Oddball Illinois, now fully updated and expanded, takes you to the places you really want to go. See:


  • Henry’s Rabbit Ranch
  • America’s One and Only Hippie Memorial
  • World’s First Jungle Gym
  • Popeye’s Hometown
  • The Leather Archives and Museum
  • General Santa Ana’s two wooden legs
  • World’s Largest Sock Monkey
  • Scarlett O’Hara’s green drapes
  • The Friendship Shoe Fence
  • And many, many more sites

 This book belongs in your glove box—you never know when you’ll be in range of an oddball adventure!

About the Author

Jerome Pohlen is an editor and educational writer who has written 10 travel guides, including Oddball Wisconsin, Oddball Iowa, Oddball Indiana, and Progressive Nation. His travel writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader, Reader’s Digest, and Time Out Chicago. He has been a regular contributor on travel and culture for Eight Forty-Eight, which airs on WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affliate.

Praise For Oddball Illinois: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places (Oddball series)

“One irresistible guidebook.”  —Chicago Tribune

“This Bible of cultural attractions is essential for any travelers who want to know (almost) everything about the Land of Lincoln . . . Oddball Illinois is an amazing historical/topographical document.”  —West Chicago Press

“For those who are up to an adventure, but don’t like to venture too far from home.”  —Tri-County News-Williamsfield Times Edition

“Interesting and unusual.”  —Chicago Parent

“A view of quirky and under-appreciated destinations in Illinois and Chicago.”  —Kane County Chronicle