Paisans Mini Spindle

Berwyn, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

The Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois is a new version of an old favorite roadside attraction. Find this replica of The Spindle at Paisans Pizzeria on Route 66.

Created in 1989 by Dustin Shuler, The Spindle (AKA the Car Kabob AKA Cars on a Spike) had graced Cermak Plaza in Berwyn for nineteen years. The spindle sculpture towered above the parked cars in the lot, showcasing eight vehicles from the late 1960s to early 1980s impaled on a 50-foot spike. It was probably best known for its cameo in the Bohemian Rhapsody scene in the Wayne’s World film.

Sadly, in 2008, the roadside attraction was bulldozed to make way for a Walgreens. But fourteen years later, the Spindle has returned to Berwyn, Illinois in a new way.

In 2022, a mini Spindle replica was erected outside of Paisans Pizzeria in Berwyn. Artist Pete Gamen created a 23-foot-tall version of the car kabob using sealed fiberglass go-karts to replace the cars.

This new roadside attraction is smaller than the original and has seven cars instead of eight. It is also branded with logos for Paisans and Enjoy Illinois on the top red Beetle. But, while nothing will ever be the same as the original, it’s a fun roadside attraction to visit, especially if you have fond memories of the original Spindle.

The miniature Spindle, along with a new Cigars & Stipes Muffler Man just down the block, were both paid for with a Route 66-related state grant in support of the highway’s centennial in 2026.

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Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction

Paisans Mini Spindle

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Address:
6226 Ogden Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

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Visible 24/7

Cost:
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Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction
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Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction
Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction
Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction
Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction
Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction
Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction
Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois Route 66 roadside attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Paisans Mini Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Parking is available in the restaurant’s lot or on the street.
  • While you’re there, stop into Paisans Pizzeria for pizza, a burger, or a beer.

Where to Stay Near the Paisans Mini Spindle

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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