The A. Finkl & Sons steel forging company offers an opportunity for short-cutting cyclists and other passersby to approximate a visit to hell; there’s no better front-row view in town of fiery pits and spitting sparks. That stretch of Southport also serves (depending on your orientation) as a portal to Lincoln Park or Wicker Park. Coincidence? Founded in 1879, Finkl kicks out 100,000 tons of steel annually. But the plant and its Industrial Revolution-era grit won’t be around forever. It’s been reported that Finkl is picking up and moving to the south side.

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