We’re just about done putting the finishing touches on the Weird Chicago book, but taking a break for the weekend, since Troy is off to Gettysburgh for a ghost hunt. So, here’s some roadside Weirdness from Grand and Harding on the West Side. Does this look like a lumberjack version of the Statue of Justice or what?
Actually, this happy gent is one of the Muffler Men built in the 1960s to hold up muflers outside of service stations. They turn up nowadays as cowboys, spacemen, and other such things. Viewed from the right angle, this guy, he appears to be shaking his pipe and shouting “damn you kids! Stay away from my pipes!”