Edgewater Medical Center

Posted by on February 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm
Edgewater Medical Center

Photo: Edgewater Medical Center looms over the bustling neighborhood. When an animal in the wild suffers from some genetic or incidental malady the results are often fatal. Years of natural selection from generation to generation insure that only those who are best suited to survive in their environments will continue to survive. One of the […]

The Damen Silos

Posted by on January 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Up For Auction

Photo: The state of Illinois would like to move this property that sits opposite downtown Chicago. The colloquial “Damen Silos” harken back to an era when Chicago was a big player in the grain trade. The land on which the grain elevator lords over has been in use since the early 1800’s. In 1832 a […]

Brach’s Candy Factory

Posted by on January 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

The monumental Brach’s candy factory in Chicago is a crumbling shrine to “The World’s Candy Capital.” Perhaps more appropriately though, the colossal factory is a tombstone marking the agonizing death of the American Dream. The factory is a well-known urbex location in the greater Chicago area. It was a great thrill to finally get to […]

Chicago Skyline

Posted by on January 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Chicago Skyline

Ahhh… Chicago. I just couldn’t wait until I did a writeup on this location to share this photo.

More Barber-Colman

Posted by on December 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm
paths to enlightenment

Barber-Colman Factory

Posted by on December 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm

The abandoned 65-acre Barber-Colman factory complex is a sprawling 795,000 square foot facility that is currently under demolition by the city of Rockford, Illinois. When I first discovered the site I had no idea that it had such an engaging history. Many of the things we consider modern conveniences were developed by the man who […]

Algonquin Ablaze

Posted by on October 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm
Entry Point

A commenter notified American Urbex that the abandoned factory in Algonquin, IL went up in flames early this morning. Firefighters responded to the scene around 4:40 am on Monday, October 18 when several passing motorists called the fire in. Fire departments were able to contain the fire and did not send crews inside. No injuries […]

Urbex Photo Award

Posted by on August 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm
Who Are You?

The above photo won the Best of Category for Animals in the Fiskum Art Gallery – Summer Scenes Photo Contest at UW-Whitewater today. When I explain what urbex is to some, they just can’t see how it could be more than just exploring decaying abandoned buildings. Animals are not a subject I normally photograph. Sometimes, […]

Armour Meat Processing Plant

Posted by on June 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm

In American public schools Henry Ford gets credited with inventing the assembly line. He’s touted as an American hero for figuring out that dividing labor into small specialized tasks could maximize output and drive down production cost. If you believe this story, you are complicit with the oversimplification of American history. By his own words, […]

Gateway Community Hospital

Posted by on June 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Gateway Community Hospital

An excerpt from Savage Inequalities by Johnathan Kozol on the medical facilities available to East St. Louis residents in 1990. East St. Louis-which the local press refers to as “an inner city without an outer city”-has some of the sickest children in America. Of 66 cities in Illinois, East St. Louis ranks first in fetal […]