Chicago: Life After Steel

  • Former site of the South Works steel mill in Chicago
    Former site of the South Works steel mill in Chicago

When the South Works steel mill shut down in the early 90’s, it marked the end of “big steel” in the city of Chicago. A plant that had anchored the steel industry in Chicago, employing as many as 20,000 workers, was considered obsolete. This is an oral history of some of the men and women who worked at the mill during its heyday, marking where they went from South Works, and where they are today.