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Steel Yourself: Goodbye to Finkl

Chicago Industrial

It’s hard to look back, especially on 28 acres nearing demolition. Lincoln Park’s 112-year-old Finkl Steel industrial park will soon meet its end, Curbed reports, with an uncertain future that could include tech, residential, retail or even an extended 606 trail. A use change at the site will be tricky, though, since it’s zoned as a planned manufacturing district (PMD) with a pricey environmental cleanup likely.

Since the site’s not far from Goose Island, the city’s most buzzed about next tech mecca, a new haven for engineers and programmers does make some logistical sense. UI Labs and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute are nearby, as are Millennial-heavy neighborhoods featuring the necessary talent.