With the opening of the Bloomingdale Trail and the demolition of Brach’s Candy Factory, Chicago has been revitalizing places once forgotten. There are still a few places preserved, but be sure to get there quickly before these places are built over too. While we don’t recommend venturing too far in for safety reasons, observing and photographing from the outside has almost as strong an effect.
Mont Clare Lanes
You definitely can’t bowl here anymore, but you can find many remnants of the leagues of yore. From trophies to those ugly bowling shoes and even a few bowling balls, you can imagine playing a round or two here. There are even some leftover condiments if you get hungry.
Edgewater Medical Center
This spot was the birthplace of Hillary Clinton, and was closed down in such a whirlwind that a lot of the equipment (and even many medical records) were left behind. Though it has endured significant water damage, there is plenty to see, including a hyperbaric chamber, a nurses’ pool, and even a helipad.
A popular spot for urban photography, this old grain silo is a reminder of when Chicago was at the forefront of agriculture and manufacturing. To get to the top, you have to go through the basement, and there is also a warehouse nearby that is worth checking out. The view of the city from the silo grounds is close to unmatched.