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Brach’s Candy Factory

I recently went to the abandoned Brach's Candy Factory, 401 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL. At the time of its closing in 2004, it was the largest candy factory in the world. Although it has only been three years since it closed, its interior condition has quickly deteriorated. The factory is easy to get into the plant via a noticeable break in the fence and is located on Chicago's West Side near the intersection of N. Cicero Ave. and W. Lake Street. You can use Chicago's rapid transit system by taking the Green Line: Lake, getting off at the Cicero station. The station is on the northeast corner of Lake and Cicero and the candy factory is off to the left of the station. You may find homeless people in some of the rooms of the factory. We did, but they just said hello as we walked by.

I recently went to the abandoned Brach’s Candy Factory, 401 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL. At the time of its closing in 2004, it was the largest candy factory in the world. Although it has only been three years since it closed, its interior condition has quickly deteriorated. The factory is easy to get into the plant via a noticeable break in the fence and is located on Chicago’s West Side near the intersection of N. Cicero Ave. and W. Lake Street. You can use Chicago’s rapid transit system by taking the Green Line: Lake, getting off at the Cicero station. The station is on the northeast corner of Lake and Cicero and the candy factory is off to the left of the station. You may find homeless people in some of the rooms of the factory. We did, but they just said hello as we walked by.

The factory is comprised of a three-story office area along with a six-story manufacturing section. Some of the stairs between floors are stable while others are unsteady or actually missing. Some floors are covered in what seems to be a small layer of water, but is in fact sometimes a combination of sugar water or syrup. Careful, though, as it can be quite sticky at times. A friend actually lost his shoe trying to walk through the goo. The basement area in the manufacturing area is flooded with water. A tripod is needed, or you should use fast film. For me, I brought some Ilford Delta 3200 film to use in my Lomo LC-A+, and it worked out quite well for me as I didn’t have a tripod with me.

This is a great location to explore, but don’t expect it to remain around for too long. I have heard a rumour that it has been picked by the next Batman movie production as a factory to blow up in the movie, so…

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2 comments

  1. marcus_loves_film

    marcus_loves_film

    The factory is still there today as far as I know. I pass it when I take the Metra Union Pacific West line into the city. I always though it would be a great place to photograph.

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  2. marcus_loves_film

    marcus_loves_film

    I can only see the thumbnails of the pictures... how do I view the larger versions?

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