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Addison, Illinois: Nike Missile Complex Remains

The radar installation and control tower of Nike missile complex C-72 now rub shoulders with a softball field, tennis courts, and a playground.

Nike Park

159 S. Rohlwing Rd, Addison, IL
Hidden in an industrial district. On the east side of IL-53/Rohlwing Rd roughly midway between Army Trail Blvd and W. Fullerton Ave. Look for the tiny Nike Park entrance sign just south of the Avis/Budget rental location.
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Radar tower.

Nike Missile Complex Remains

The land used by Nike missile complex C-72 was given to the Addison Park District after the missiles, launchers, and most of the equipment was removed, and the site was decommissioned. No evidence of the actual launch site exists any longer, as it is now part of the Fullerton County Forest Preserve. However, the radar installation and control tower at the northwest end of the base still stands in what is now Nike Park, surrounded by baseball fields, tennis courts, and a playground.

[Bryan Grondfeldt, 05/24/2021]

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