The middle section of the smokestacks were coal hoppers, and this device would load the coal into the hoppers from the conveyor belt it rode across. The bottom section of the stacks were storage rooms while the very top were, surprise, chimneys for the power plant.
This little curled yellow thing is one of the last hints that this adobe building was lived in.
Just a couple guys enjoying an industrial ruin.
The two exhaust vents coming out from the boilers en route to the stacks. Plywood marks where where catwalks were removed to extract equipment.
I never knew that all those elementary school balance bar exercises were for a very serious purpose: not falling to one’s death in the event they uncover lost Chicago history.
A high-ceilinged room where kegs would be delivered for cleaning, before they were refilled with fresh booze.
These machines are at least 100 years old.
Looking through the dark door at Shaft 3, when my naked eyes could only make out a staircase lit dimly from above.