United States Steel South Works
at Illinois Steel (later U. S. Steel) with sign in six languages
In 1880, the North Chicago Rolling Mill Company began to
build a steel
mill where the Calumet River met Lake Michigan in the South Chicago
By 1900 the company was known as the Illinois Steel Company and
as Carnegie Illinois Steel and later as South Works of the United
Steel Corporation. The mill was a model of modern technology when
it was built and it was a leader in the production of high quality
Many of Chicago's skyscrapers were built with steel beams produced at
Works. It was the largest of the area mills and employed almost
workers at its peak.
"Rosie the Riveter"
Female welders at U. S. Steel during WW II
Click on the links at the left to tour
Chicago's East Side.