A disused steelworks which once covered a square mile of lakefront and has now been reclaimed as parkland, this site retains the massive walls and buttresses that once held iron ore, but now host plant and animal life. The arresting beauty of senescence pervading the remaining structures juxtaposes perfectly with scenic views of Lake Michigan and a replanted prairie landscape. Ruins in a major city such as Chicago don’t get much better than this. While walking amongst the ruins is considered trespassing (so the sign says) this is a place that rewards those willing to venture out of their comfort zone and leave the Loop-Wicker Park-North Side bubble.
East 87th at Lake Michigan
Best of Chicago 2015