Lockport, Illinois: Lockport Powerhouse

Tour a 100+ year-old working powerhouse, but only if you get permission first. Hear the sweet hum of electricity generation.
Address:
2400 S. Powerhouse Rd, Lockport, IL
Directions:
Drive east on Renwick Rd/Hwy 7 from Hwy 53. Immediately after crossing the railroad bridge, turn left onto the frontage road. Take the frontage road east, then south as it crosses under Hwy 7. There are Powerhouse signs along the way. You'll also pass a turbine memorial before reaching the Powerhouse.
Hours:
By appt only. (Call to verify)
Phone:
312-751-6632
Admission:
Free
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Lockport Powerhouse. Lockport Powerhouse

The Lockport Powerhouse, completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark at the confluence of the Sanitary & Ship Canal and the Des Plaines River. The drop from the canal to the river is 38 feet, good for power generation. Most generators are offline now, but the Powerhouse can still generate nearly 14 megawatts. Due to post-9/11 security concerns, access to the area is restricted. You have to make arrangements with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to visit, but it is definitely worth the effort.

[Keith Yearman, 06/04/2012]

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