Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man

Berwyn, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

Muffler men were built to hold a variety of objects: American flags, mufflers, even hot dogs. This one was built to hold a cigar, a chicken wing, and a bottle of hot sauce. Find the over-the-top Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois watching over Route 66 from the top of a popular local restaurant and bar.

Muffler Men roadside attractions are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road.

But the Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man was not built in the 1960s. It was built in 2022. Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studios created this modern-day muffler man using a mold.

The custom muffler man has Frankenstein’s monster stitches on his head and wrists and is smoking a cigar while holding a chicken wing and bottle of hot sauce.

But despite being a new creation, it still serves the same old purpose: to attract travelers from the road. Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge has served the local community for more than 21 years, sharing a passion for BBQ food, art, quality entertainment and great beer. And this cigar-smoking, chicken-wing eating, hot-sauce guzzling fiberglass giant exudes that passion.

This muffler man, along with the Mini Spindle Replica down the road at Paisans Pizzeria, was made possible by a grant from the state in support of Route 66’s 100th anniversary in 2026.

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Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man

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Address:
6715 Ogden Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

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Cost:
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Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

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To make the most of your visit to the Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man in Berwyn, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Street parking is available. Parking may be more difficult during popular times.

Where to Stay Near the Cigars & Stripes Muffler Man

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest after a good meal with a stay at one of these Illinois Route 66 hotels.

Cindy Lyn Motel

If you’re driving Route 66 in Illinois you’ll probably be spending your first (or last) night in Chicago. But if you’re looking for something outside of the city and a little closer to Berwyn, Cindy Lyn Motel is a solid choice. The Cindy Lyn Motel opened on Route 66 in 1960 and has been known as the “last motel before the city” for more than 50 years.

Congress Plaza Hotel

Located near the start of Route 66, the Congress Plaza Hotel has been in operation since 1893 and is a welcoming stay for the beginning of your journey on the Mother Road.

Palmer House Hilton

Located just steps from Route 66, Palmer House Hilton is a luxurious historic hotel with all the modern conveniences you could desire alongside award-winning services. Palmer House was built in 1925 and was the city’s first hotel with elevators, electric light bulbs, and telephones in the guest rooms. The French neo-classical influences of the design give this landmark its distinctive charm.

Enhance your visit to Chicago with a tour! Whether you love history, architecture, or family-friendly adventures, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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