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American Urbex E.17 – Barber-Colman Company

Published on March 11, 2012 By admin

The legacy of a humble inventor who preferred to build the American Dream from behind the scenes. Take a moment to donate to American Urbex: Southern Slide. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes and YouTube. American Urbex on Flickr American Urbex on Facebook American Urbex on Twitter

American Urbex E.11 – Brach’s Candy Factory

Published on September 18, 2011 By admin

The bittersweet tale of one of America’s finest candy companies. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes. American Urbex article on the Brach’s Candy Factory. American Urbex Group on Flickr American Urbex on Facebook American Urbex on Twitter  

The Congregant

Published on September 7, 2011 By admin

Photo: The American Urbex author at an abandoned church in the south side of Chicago.

American Urbex E.08 – The Purple Hotel

Published on July 26, 2011 By admin

An odd Chicagoland building played host to famous faces in its prime, but is now on the verge of demolition. In this episode host Ken Fager takes a look at the history of the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood, Illinois. Subscribe to the American Urbex Podcast on iTunes. The Purple Hotel article on American Urbex The […]

The Purple Hotel

Published on May 6, 2011 By admin

Photo: You can’t miss the regal facade of this building driving on Touhy Avenue. According to one Chicago area native, the construction crew of the 293 room Lincolnwood Hyatt House were supposed to receive a shipment of blue bricks for the building facade. It isn’t clear if  a communication or manufacturing error is to blame […]

Wyman-Gordon Power Plant

Published on April 29, 2011 By admin

Photo: Power plant for what was originally the Ingalls-Shepard Forging Co. In 1910 seasoned manufacturing veterans F.A. Ingalls and Charles C. Shepard partnered to create the Ingalls-Shepard Forging Co. in Harvey, Illinois. Ingalls took up the mantle of President and treasurer, while Shepard acted as Vice President. The company produced a wide range of parts […]

Dixie Square Mall

Published on April 25, 2011 By admin

  Photo: One of the entrances to the famous Dixie Square Mall. After World War II the newly minted American middle class became emboldened by prosperity and moved further away from city centers into suburbs. Larger homes, new automobiles, televisions and all sorts of consumer goods all became part of the conspicuous consumption norm to demonstrate […]

Edgewater Medical Center

Published on February 16, 2011 By admin

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

Published on January 16, 2011 By admin

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

Published on January 11, 2011 By admin

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 […]