12. Puppet Bike

Location: Location changes
Website: puppetbike.com

There's nothing that can bring a smile to your face like an unexpected encounter with the Puppet Bike. Beloved by Chicagoans old and young alike, this mobile Technicolor contraption was founded by resident Jason Trusty about eight years ago, and the master skills of the puppeteers leave even the big kids rolling on the floor with laughter. Who knew a crummy day at the grind could be erased by the disarming, if crackpot, philosophizing of a felt dog? But then again, we've always felt non-humans made the best philosophers. Which is why we're still waiting for the Biz Markie puppet to update Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil to include a chapter on beatboxing.