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Union Stockyard Gate, Chicago

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Union Stock Yard Gate, located on Exchange Avenue at Peoria Street, was the entrance to the famous Union Stock Yards in Chicago. The gate was probably designed by John Wellborn Root of Burnham and Root around 1875, and is the only significant structural element of the stock yards to survive. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1981. The plaza surrounding the gate also includes the city's principal memorial to its firefighters.

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  • I remember the way it was in the 1950s, when the Union Stock Yards on Chicago's South Side was still the meatpacking capital of the world, when it was known as the "hog butcher for the world," when...  more »
  • Yes, there is unfortunately not much left. But since it is a very big part of Chicago history and one of my great grand uncles who immigrated to Chicago from Germany worked there. So I really wanted.....  more »
  • The historical history of these Arches is amazing! There is also a fireman's Memorial for a disaster in 12-22-1910. I spent awhile sitting on a bench of which there is plenty. There is street parking. I found it a nice spot to sit and traffic watch. A place I'll be visiting often.
  • We were there to see the firefighters memorial. It's a very nice place.

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