What is that, exactly?

A temple, a windmill, a marine mammal, a castle — west Chicagoland has its fair share of unique structures. Whether you are looking for a quirky architectural tour or you drive by these fascinating places and have wondered what they are and how they got there, here’s a guide to some cool spots.

Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple

Where: 1145 Sullivan Road, Aurora

History: Built and consecrated in June 1986, this is the abode for one of the most popular deities in India, Lord Venkateswara or Balaji.

Picture Source: Highlands Elementary School

SOURCE ( Jen Banowetz / Chicago Tribune )