19 talking about this. CT: Is the prison in Joliet still standing? And Statesville will send over a van full of guards. A century-old network of freight tunnels underneath the city's historic business district. Includes locations in East St Louis, Manteno, Harvey, Chicago. Visit Chinatown, one of the oldest Chinese communities in the United States and home to Ping Tom Memorial Park, where you can stroll, picnic, boat, and kayak.. CT: How do you find new sites to explore? I’ve seen this guy spinning steel wool at the Bean downtown. PUBLISHED: 17:25, Tue, Jun 7, 2016 An abandoned chicken feed factory located in Chicago. RD: If you’re going into a place for the first time, always try to find someone who’s been there before so they can act as a guide for you. The same guys will break into the roofs of skyscrapers and climb construction cranes – all that kinds of stuff. A once-booming Mississippi River port town has transformed into an eerie, mostly abandoned ghost town. then they say, "Delete your camera cards," which had to be pretty funny. 4. They go into drain pipes and sewers. One is we use light painting just to light up your scene. The exterior of Damen Silos, one of Chicago's most well-known abandoned sites. CT:  Some of your photos combine cosplay with urban exploration. 10. And these sparks fly and land on everything. Check the area out. (Rick Drew). Go to Gary/Hammond Indiana just across the border. The exterior of Damen Silos, one of Chicago's most well-known abandoned sites. Freelance photographer Rick Drew has been delving into abandoned buildings in and around the Chicago area for the past decade. Death alley behind James M. Nederlander Theatre From victims of the Great Chicago Fire, to jilted lovers and murderous masterminds, here are 10 spine-chilling tales from Chicago’s haunted history. One of the girls in the group, she was still down the hall, so she took out her card, hid it in her bra, put a blank card in the camera and formatted the blank card. I'm family friends with the owner of the mini golf place, but don't mess around with the abandoned warehouses. Where can I explore abandoned buildings in the 'burbs? This way you know what to watch out for: if there are holes in the floor or bad walls or bad floors or areas of the roof to avoid, that kind of thing. The problem is, like anywhere, if the cops see you one time and they warn you, and they see you again, the second time, it’s not going to be a warning, then you’ll get in trouble. After the war ended, a fire raged throughout the building, leaving behind an abandoned, yet magical mess, which can still be … I was standing on a floor about 10 stories up, at the top of the building. They say that the only permanent thing in the world is change. Hidden deep in the lush forest of Georgia's Sweetwater Creek State Park are the abandoned ruins of what was once a cotton mill used during the Civil War. The couch cushion caught on fire! Watch a video of Rick Drew exploring Chicago's abandoned Damen Silos: CT: What do you tell people before they go urban exploring? People just don’t get it at all. A couple of them actually got married in a storm drain underground. Or perhaps they long for an industrial past, when manufacturing provided jobs that would support a family. Its on the level of Detroit with abandoned warehouses. © 2020 Atlas Obscura. Two of them were kind of half in shock and a couple of them were laughing. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the second edition of our book. CT: What's the urban exploration scene like in Chicago? Located at 29th and Damen on the banks of the Chicago River, this is a popular spot for teens to roam. With so much diversity, there’s a neighborhood that’s just your style. To find out the mystery behind it, like why it went out of business or what happened to it, if it’s a building or factory. At Joliet prison, they X-ray the mail. If the cops see you inside the fence, they’ll tell you to leave, but they won’t arrest you. So, that’s one style. Another friend of mine goes solo but he knows the people who run one of the biggest demolition companies in the city, so he gets some phenomenal pictures of stuff being demolished, from behind the scenes. (Rick Drew). Sometimes word of mouth, but a lot of explorers don’t like sharing because if you post it and give your location away, within a week, scrappers will be there and clean it out. He said, "Yeah, they pit the crap out of that thing when they spin steel wool." The Windy City has awe-inspiring skyscrapers, hunger-stomping food and culture to match almost any city in the world. When I visited the Azores in 2016, I found a few abandoned places near me. Captain Tim Frey took us for a winter fishing trip on the river. Abandoned Places Nearby Find abandoned places near your current location, or search for a place to target. One-of-a-kind preserved ruins of an abandoned 1880s church in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Villa Park, Illinois Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Abandoned Water Slides See. There’s two different ways we do it. One of my favorite tools is this thing called a pixel stick, which is basically a 200-pixel wide display and it’s one roll of LEDs that are programmable. An abandoned synagogue in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. Chicago Tonight: When did you first get interested in urban exploration? How a Blacksmith in Jordan Created His Own Sign Language, In Naples, Praying With Skulls Is an Ancient Tradition, Inside a Domed Pyramid With Astounding Acoustics and a History of Miracles, See the Mysterious Horned Helmet of Henry VIII, Searching for Home and Connection Through Typewritten Poetry. Are we missing something unusual in Chicago? (Rick Drew). How Did Madagascar Become the World's Biggest Producer of Vanilla? RD: Different groups do different things. All the X-ray machines were still there. It’s risk and reward. CT: What are people’s reactions when they see your photos? [Laughs] She’s happy that I haven’t been out much this year. RD: There’ve been so many. Go to the content Go to the footer. CT: Tell us about some of the visual effects you use in your photography. Lina D. BoredPanda staff. They’ll Instagram photos of them on a raft floating down a river of raw sewage. A design created by using light painting tools. History books are one way to understand the passage of time, but there are also some real-life monuments that speak of … I’ll spin steel wool in a lot of places, but we always spend five or 10 minutes walking around to make sure that there’s nothing that’s gonna burn. It’s stainless steel. Disused factories, abandoned prisons, dominating sky scrapers and hidden homes. One of the guys in my crew polished the Bean when they put it there. To see something that’s new and different to me. Chicago is a city with history — a whole lot of history. The spirits who roam here, though, apparently are a happy and helpful crew — moving theatrical furniture or props around, tampering with lighting, and the like. Private Trip: Immersive Art and Otherworldly Landscapes of Santa Fe, Weird Homes Holiday Tour: Decked Out Collections, A Holiday Gathering: Food, Foraging, and Mythology, Tales From the Museum: Best of Museums A-Z, Detangling the Devilish Origins of Scandinavia's St. Lucia Buns, This 19th-Century Cocktail Still Fights Cold Nights in the Midwest, Cultural Heritage Is Caught Up in the Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh. Our search engine has helped millions of people scout out thousands of locations across the world, from derelict buildings to abandoned theme parks.. It was easy to put out because it was in water. (Rick Drew). You take steel wool and basically a whisk and chain or rope. CT: What do you think is the most iconic or impressive abandoned site in Chicago? You can get a cool fire effect without actually having fire. When you spin it, it feeds it oxygen, so it burns hot and fast. If you notice all the shots where I’m doing it, I’m outdoors or there’s water everywhere. He’ll go, "I’m just getting my dog now, I’ll be right out!". Citywide, more than 12,000 abandoned properties sit in limbo—and you’re paying for it. They’ll be like, "Why would you bother doing that? Atlas Obscura says that if you plan to explore–as with many abandoned places–be ready to dodge some security guards. But if you’re inside the jail, and the cops know it, that’s not their area of authority, so what they’ll do is call Statesville Penitentiary because it’s part of the prison system. Abandoned places in Illinois, with accounts of urban exploration. You're paying for the 12,000 abandoned homes in Chicago. I’m not exaggerating at all, you can ask my girlfriend: I’ve probably got 300 flashlights. (Rick Drew). (Rick Drew). One spark hit my friend’s lens and it burned a quarter-inch into the glass on his lens. They were like 90 pounds dripping wet. (Rick Drew). But I’ve had friends that have been busted and got in serious trouble. RD: Yeah. Union Station in Gary, Indiana. Feb. 25: The Chicago River is far from America's cleanest waterway. How do you use that during your explorations? The best backdrop you can have is a real, crumbling building. The thing is if you’re on the outside walking around, it’s no problem. What was once one of the country's largest confectionary plants is now an abandoned ruin, but is still pretty sweet. I have friends that are young and insane and don’t care. As long as you’re polite and cool and you’re not an idiot towards the cops, they usually let you go. I went back there about four hours later and [the guards] were still there. Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed. He obtained permission, and paid a fee, to stage photographs at this shuttered psychiatric hospital near Peoria, Illinois. At this stage in the game, I’m not gonna risk too much. RD: I’ve been back there once since then. Abandoned house on the south side of Chicago - Bad Leroy Brown. It takes time, but you just follow tracks and you’ll find them. It’s so stupid. But what are the scariest abandoned places in Illinois? ", Follow Evan Garcia on Twitter: @EvanRGarcia. Croatia is blessed with some Drew using a "spinning wool" visual effects technique. 31 Haunting Images of Abandoned Places That Will Give You Goose Bumps . There was no way I could fit through it. Add The 606 aka Bloomingdale Trail to a New List. And of course, [the urban explorers] went home and un-deleted them all. Exploring a Tent City Along the Chicago River. You put the steel wool in the whisk on the end of the rope and just spin it and the steel wool burns at like 3,000 degrees. (Rick Drew). Mar 29, 2014 - Explore Andrea Diaz's board "Abandoned Places in Chicago, IL", followed by 153 people on Pinterest. Remington Arms, Bridgeport, Conn. A small team spent nearly 10 hours documenting the waterway with a 360-degree camera in October. He’s bouncing 3,000-degree sparks off the Bean. We’ll combine light painting with steel wool and get some really cool effects. Drew said Gary is a frequent destination for urban explorers due to the presence of several abandoned sites in the city. No purchase necessary. These abandoned grain silos and tunnels are an urban exploration dream. Chicago, Illinois. So, I was standing around waiting and the floor I was standing on dropped about six inches. RD: I’m the photo head for Anime Midwest, which is a big anime convention they have in Rosemont. He's got a knack for urban exploration, known as "urbex" for short, which involves venturing into abandoned structures for the purposes of photography or in some cases, sheer curiosity. level 2 Located in southern DeWitt County just west of RT 51 at the junction of Little Galilee Rd and Red Bud Rd. The group I was with went through a small cubby hole in the ceiling. Donations by philanthropists have bestowed the city with superlative museums and more than 700 works of public art, by Picasso, Chagall, Miró – the list is huge. RD: The first time I go somewhere, it’s usually just [to] explore. July 9, 2014: Three local friends routinely visit abandoned industrial sites in the Midwest, enter the buildings, and take only photos. Abandoned buildings are fascinating. There you have it, 7 methods I use to find abandoned places near me to explore. I’ve seen people start fires doing that. So it’s hardly surprising that it’s also a city with ghosts — a whole lot of ghosts. There’s no wood. Please click below to consent to the use of this technology while browsing our site. It looks like you shot it in the daylight. Plus, depending on where you are, you may have to carry the person out. I always say go with three people because if someone gets hurt, someone can stay with them and then someone else can go and get help. [Laughs]. (Rick Drew). By Lizzie Mulherin. They were vandalized and turned upside down, but they were still there. A place for dead places and where to find them. Abandoned house in McHenry County, Illinois We’ve done all kinds of cool stuff with it. Or I’ll go online doing photo searches looking for different keywords. 08052006 GalenaSears.jpg 1,877 × 1,181; 1.9 MB I don’t know if there was anything inside of them still, but it’s just amazing that some of these things get left behind. These guys came around the corner and they had six guards with shotguns in their faces, screaming at them, you know, "Get on the ground! Abandoned house on the south side of Chicago - Bad Leroy Brown. Drew said urban explorers are hesitant to give precise location details of sites, partially because "scrappers" often strip locations of scrap metal. To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. CT: What's one of the most interesting things you’ve found at an abandoned site? Sign up for our morning newsletter to get all of our stories delivered to your mailbox each weekday. Built in 1906, these 15-story grain silos were abandoned after an explosion in 1977, yet enough of … RD: Probably Damen Silos. Please note, the locations listed are not a comprehensive listing; they are the result of the travels of only one photographer. Follow us on social media to add even more wonder to your day. And I’ll say Steelworkers Park, cause they have tunnels, man-made caves, rubbles, walls, all kinds of cool stuff. You hit it with a lighter or nine-volt battery and it starts burning. The interior of a Joliet prison. The van was still outside and they were still patrolling around, because the place is so big that you can hide. I looked down, slowly backed out and left. Not all tourist spots attract throngs of visitors. They gave them a real good scare. A lot of the times, when they post a picture, they’ll forget to remove the GPS data. The main thing is always be careful. Over the years, the bricks had fallen away and the wood was stolen or burned, so I was basically standing on the skim coat with the metal mesh in there. Here's what it looks like. A theater sits abandoned on Roosevelt Road, once majestic in splendor, now majestic in decay. The place has been locked up and reopened several times, and is currently waiting demolition. Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you. That’s really cool. At least none that I know of. They’re nuts. I don’t know if it’s because they’re trying to keep new urban explorers from finding buildings to explore … (Rick Drew) Another friend of mine goes solo but he knows the people who run one of the biggest demolition companies in the city, so he gets some phenomenal pictures of … The other way is doing it for effects where you bring colored lights and LEDs and all kinds of stuff and you can do patterns and shapes and orbs and all kinds of cool things. And then when I go back, it’s usually for the photos. That happened to a friend of mine. Rick Drew: Probably about 30 years ago. (Rick Drew). But a few anglers are trying their luck as its ecosystem improves. Cruise the Chicago River from the Comfort of Your Home. Some friends of mine like doing "draining." And the general question is, "Why? Editors note: after receiving word that the Old Milton School is now a thriving small business incubator (and no longer abandoned), we have removed it and updated our list. These places offer intrigue and visual appeal but also insight to less-explored parts of the nation's past, from a military airplane graveyard in Arizona to the ruins of a Missouri castle and abandoned furnaces, towns, and other structures around the country. I guess they sent out six of their biggest, meanest guards with shotguns. Drew Scavello, the creator of Truth In Destruction, which photographically chronicles abandoned places, said that when he started urban exploring in 2007, a … I’ve been into watching anime and all that stuff since I was a kid, like before it was popular. That’s a bad idea. That was the last time I went back into that building. So you just wipe it in front of the camera and if you do a 10-second exposure, you’ll actually draw an image in the air. Photographer and urban explorer Rick Drew. But the hobby comes with a host of hassles and is considered by some as simple trespassing. Feel free to share your own findings. It depends on how much you want to risk. If you have a nice, big dark room in an abandoned building and try to use a flash to light it up, you’re going to get really, really harsh shadows. 10. Lawndale Theater. CT: What's been your scariest moment so far while exploring? Eerie abandoned places in the UK that might be near YOU THERE is no denying the UK property market can be exorbitant at the best of times. Tell us a little about that. Of course, "abandoned," and that kind of thing and just try to find pictures that people have posted. Drew often organizes photo shoots with models at abandoned sites. But what never ceases to amaze is just how much you can do for free in Chicago. You put it on satellite view and just follow old railroad tracks. You can show any image on this thing. And even then, we were at a place that was soaking wet and we were standing in six inches of water and there was a couch cushion floating in the water. The atrium at the Abandoned Monte Palace in Saõ Miguel. And then I took a break for a while and started doing more scuba diving, but then I got big into shipwreck diving, which is pretty much the same thing, but underwater. What’s the attraction in that? There have been some areas in Chicago that have tons of abandoned buildings, but they’re in really, really bad neighborhoods. CT: You also use light painting, a technique where photographs are taken at long exposures. There was about 10 of us in there, doing pictures and walking around and I had to be out of there by one o’clock because I was meeting a group somewhere else in the area, so I left and then these guys just don’t show up. Abandoned Places to Explore: Monte Palace in Saõ Miguel Azores Walking through an abandoned hallway at the abandoned Monte Palace in Saõ Miguel. I have a lot of them modified with different colored filters and extensions and different things for getting different shapes and effects. So with practice, you can use a nice powerful flashlight and move it around quite a bit and illuminate your entire room and there are zero shadows. RD: That’s probably my favorite thing. Also back of the yards has a lot of them that punk shows often show up in but the area isn't exactly safe. They don’t carry crowbars or anything that might attract the attention of the police. Chicago’s many neighborhoods are filled with great green spaces — and lots of cultural charm. Media in category "Abandoned buildings in Illinois" The following 35 files are in this category, out of 35 total. [Laughs] I’ve found a few that way. RD: Probably at the old chicken feed factory that got torn down a couple years ago. RD: We’ll spin steel wool to get cool background effects and sparks, but I’ve seen people start fires doing that. I’ve had friends say, "Hey, where can I do a good zombie shoot locally?" Depending where you’re at, cell phones might not work. Graceland Cemetery. Perhaps people like abandoned places because they feel genuine in a world full of commercial clutter and Disneyized cityscapes. Jan. 26: The Chicago River is now visible via Google Street View. Trio of Photographers Flirt with the Law to Capture Beauty of Beastly Buildings. Get on the ground!" RD: I’ve never been arrested, but I’ve been caught a few times. I looked down and it turns out the floor originally had bricks, a concrete skim coat and then wood on top of it. Everyone sees it, it’s been in so many movies. I bumped into them around three o’clock and they’re pale. It’s just not worth the risk. It is technically illegal to go here, so proceed with caution. This spot certainly takes the creepy-cake when it comes to the most haunted places in Chicago. Winner will be selected at random on 01/01/2021. Like when they were tearing down Evergreen Plaza, he was up next to the bulldozer while they were tearing it down. Abandoned structures like the Damen Silos on the South Side of Chicago harken back to the city’s past as a thriving industrial center. No other blog on the internet has this kind of information posted for free to their readers. A model dressed in cosplay as the superhero Hellboy. You see these idiots doing steel wool spinning in places where they have no business doing it. If you have a 3,000-degree spark landing on it, it’s going to pit it. Drew illuminated the dark basement of Chicago's Damen Silos using light painting. RD: Google Maps. RD: My girlfriend thinks I’m nuts. See more ideas about abandoned places, abandoned, abandoned buildings. Hauntingly beautiful, they're crumbling relics of another time and an absolute joy to explore. 'Secrets behind spaces': 12 chilling photographs of abandoned places in Illinois and their history. They’re really into it. Here are six abandoned places, one in each New England state. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left;width:100%;font-weight:normal;}, The Great Chicago Fire: A Chicago Stories Special, ‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ Ordered to Have No Contact With His Horses, Pritzker Extends Ban on Coronavirus-Related Evictions, City Says Long-Awaited Navy Pier Flyover on Track to Open by Year’s End, Chicago’s Post-Thanksgiving Coronavirus Surge Boosts Cases by 30%: Officials, Close Chicago Library Branches Amid COVID-19 Surge: Union. I’ll look at a place and say, "Man, this would be a great background for whichever anime character." Feb. 9: After reading about people living in tents on a large plot of abandoned property along the Chicago River, I grabbed my camera and set out for the South Loop to investigate. (Rick Drew). Nara Dreamland — Nara, Japan Atlas Obscura and our trusted partners use technology such as cookies on our website to personalise ads, support social media features, and analyse our traffic. CT: What compels you to explore abandoned buildings? All rights reserved. What do you see in it?" So you can do logos, fire, monsters. After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Creepiest Abandoned Places in Illinois! I have a buddy that will walk his dog and he’ll let his dog off the leash and chase after it on purpose, because the dog is pretty well-trained, just to get into places. The Sweetin Home (Rick Drew). So he specializes in doing demolition photos, which is pretty cool. Offer subject to change without notice. A theater sits abandoned on Roosevelt Road, once majestic in splendor, now majestic in decay. 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