Berwyn, Illinois, Spindle is For Sale – Own the Car Kabob
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Berwyn, Illinois, Spindle is For Sale – Own the Car Kabob

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I’ve talked about it before…but it’s looking like the fate of this roadside attraction is more and more official every day. The Spindle in Berwyn, Illinois (aka cars on a stick aka car kabob) will soon be torn down.

Berwyn Illinois - The Spindle - cars on a spike

Created in 1989 by Dustin Shuler, the Spindle has graced Cermak Plaza in Berwyn, IL for almost as long as I’ve been alive. The sculpture towers above the parked cars in the lot, showcasing vehicles from the late 60s to early 80s impaled on a 50-foot spike. To me, it’s best known as being my first real glimpse of roadside oddities, to others it is probably best known for its cameo in the Wayne’s World film.

Berwyn Illinois - The Spindle - cars on a spike - Car Kabob - circa 2007

Unfortunately, the years (and birds) haven’t been kind to the sculpture, which has been plagues with rust (and feces) for years. Now, the Spindle has a problem that no mechanic can fix: Walgreens.

Yes, my silly American friends, Berwyn now plans to tear down the iconic kabob to put up a brand new Walgreens. Plans have been in place for a while now, and despite efforts of multiple organizations to save it (it’s been estimated that it will take $300,000 to move it), it looks like the Spindles fate is futile.

Berwyn - The Spindle

Alas, in what seems like a last-ditch effort, the Spindle is up on eBay. While I’d hate to see it go from my backyard of Berwyn, it would be nice to think that the cars have found a proper home amongst the roadside attractions of America. So…if you have an extra $150,000 to spare… , bid on!

Site: The Spindle
Location: Cermak Plaza, Cermak and Harlem, Berwyn, IL
Admission: Free to see…$150,000+ to purchase
Date: August 12, 2007

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown near Berwyn's car kabob, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val is currently traveling the world and blogs about her life, food, and travels on her <a href="http://www.choosingfigs.com">personal website</a>.

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.

About Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.