McKinley Park News – Doomed Factory Harbors Labryinth of Chicago Street Art

Demolition is imminent for the Continental Can Co. buildings at 3715 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, which removes not only a piece of the Original East District of the historic Central Manufacturing District, but also many hundreds of works of street art graffiti painted throughout its long-derelict structures.

In between collapsing floors and ceilings, inside pitch-black hallways, and even amidst the refuse of former raves, street artists have leveraged the cavernous spaces as their canvas, filling the entire structure inside and out with colorful and elaborate insignias, totems, murals, evocations and images unfettered by constraints of venue or topic.

Photographer Julie Jaidinger captures shots of the interior of the Continental Can Co. Photo by Justin Kerr.Photographer Julie Jaidinger captures shots of the interior of the Continental Can Co. Photo by Justin Kerr.McKinley Park neighborhood-based photographer Julie Jaidinger captured images of the dilapidated spaces and street artwork of the Continental Can Co. buildings prior to demolition.

Cold Storage

“It was much bigger than expected,” she said.

The Continental Can Co. complex is set to be replaced with a modern cold-storage facility from Karis Cold to service heavy demand in this industry, as previously reported here in the McKinley Park News.

Related: Street Art Glitters in the Crumbling Halls of the Candy King
Photography of street art inside the now-demolished Wrigley Co. factory at South Ashland Avenue and West 35th Street

American Demolition Corporation's Jose Carabez, left, and wrecking-ball crane operator Eustaquio Solis prep equipment at the Continental Can Co. Photo by Justin Kerr.American Demolition Corporation’s Jose Carabez, left, and wrecking-ball crane operator Eustaquio Solis prep equipment at the Continental Can Co. Photo by Justin Kerr.The McKinley Park News thanks the American Demolition Corporation for its support enabling safe and qualified access to photograph the artwork and spaces of the Continental Can Co. structures prior to demolition.

Julie Jaidinger is a sponsor of the McKinley Park News who has received this consideration based on her provision of licensed photography for use by this publication.

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