State Announces Sale Of Damen Silos In McKinley Park

View of Damen Silos in a previous sales attempt via

New details have been revealed on the sale of the Damen Silos at 2900 S Damen Avenue in McKinley Park. Located on the northeast corner with W 29th Street along the Chicago River just north of the Stevenson Expressway, the long abandoned structures were put on sale earlier this year by the state in order to cut spending. The process which consisted of accepting various bids from local companies seems to have concluded with a winner being selected.

Site context view of Damen Silos via Google Maps

Opened in 1906, they were built by the Chicago-based Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad which was founded in 1859 and grew to be one of the nation’s largest before merging with its competitor to form Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway, or BNSF. The silos themselves top out at around 15-stories tall and utilized a massive system of gain elevators to process 400,000 bushels of grain. They were eventually bought by the state 1928 and closed in 1977 due to a large explosion and have since become an urban playground for taggers.

View of Damen Silos graffiti via Atlas Obscura

Hoping to save taxpayers $325,000 a year, the potential $6.5 million sale of the 23-acre site was announced today by the governor to Michael Tadin Jr. who operates an asphalt plant nearby and various other buildings. Being sold as-is, if the sale clears the new owners will need to perform a long remediation process that could take over a year before they demolish them as planned. Replacing them will be a new headquarter for all of his companies involving construction and waste removal, including space for their over 100-truck fleet.

View of Damen Silos graffiti via Atlas Obscura

Tadin also hopes to move towards electric vehicles which the new facility would cater to, however the new owners have been involved in various pollution controversies with its nearby plant according to the Sun Times. The state will now need to negotiate the official sales document prior to moving forward but hope to finalize the transaction by the end of the year, from then the company will need to go through various approvals before being able to start their construction.

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8 Comments on "State Announces Sale Of Damen Silos In McKinley Park"

  1. This is good, although Mike Tadin is controversial, but after all a successful local businessperson, who provides jobs and income to an area where there is need. But I think some kind of replacement for taggers should be considered. Urban tagging is a form of urban art, which should have an outlet. I’ve has students post pictures of themselves on the silos, and from that perspective am glad that less chance of injury or death will happen when these structures are removed. I don’t know whether to call them historic landmarks or ugly death traps, but this is overall good news. Good luck.

  2. I live in the area and this overall sucks but in general the city views the south branch of the Chicago River as a commercial area.

  3. This is how my tax dollars are used to give breaks to rich men who break the law, like Michael Tadin.

  4. I would have liked to seen a recreational area. Boat slips a restaurant / bar! Nothing that pollutes or contaminates the area any further.

  5. I’m 14, been here multiple times, I think they should much rather tear it down, ain’t no one gonna buy it, horrible location, and its probably ready to collapse

  6. How about a new bears stadium there?

  7. It’s about time. An eyesore for decades.

  8. I wish that they would have made them historical ,and the silos have been I movies like 2 transformers movies and was featured on the NBC show chicago pd it Going to be said to see them go .

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