Welcome to Abandoned Illinois!

Welcome to Abandoned Illinois and thank you for visiting. Here you will find information and locations to some various lost and abandoned places strewn about northern Illinois. This website is a fun, but relaxed place where you can talk and hang out with all different sorts of people with your same interests in urban exploration from all walks of the digital world. Enjoy searching through this website and I hope that it may come as some help to you.

Since 2007, a small group of friends have gathered together to seek out and find local lost or abandoned locations.Today, the same passion and interests live on, but under a new name and with higher motive. Each founder of the group has a dedication for mystery and exploration that allows this passion to thrive. With this, we are eager to search for the lost and forgotten in what we call the Abandoned Illinois.

Please note that Abandoned Illinois does not support the idea of vandalism or the destruction of these locations by any means. Also be aware that exploring these locations may be considered illegal and very dangerous. Each member of our group recognizes these threats and explores at his or her own risk. This website and/or users are not responsible for any circumstances that you may incur during your explorations and we strongly advise that you also explore at your own risk. Be safe!

 April 25, 2010


New Members Area

Hello and welcome to Abandoned Illinois! We are always happy to accept new members to our website! We are constantly updating our website with new content so be sure to check back regularly!

The first thing we would suggest doing is completing your user profile. Fill out your information and write a small description of who you are and upload a picture of yourself! That way our users can get to know a little more about you! Afterwards, visit our forums and introduce yourself in our Abandoned Illinois Forums under the "Introductions" page.

Finally be sure to check out all of our site's features, all of which can be located on the left side of every page. We have our Abandoned Illinois Photo Album, Maps and Locations of every abandoned area, our forums, and much more! If you have any questions, don't be afraid to visit the contact us page, forums, or guestbook to get a hold of me or any of our members!

We hope you enjoy your time on our website and I hope that it becomes of some help or interest to you. Be safe and enjoy the hidden and lost locations of Abandoned Illinois!

September 7, 2010

Upcoming Events and Information

UPDATE - After multiple attempts to keep out explorers, the underground locker rooms in Algonquin are no longer accessible due to the entrances being fully filled with dirt and debris. If you have the time and a shovel let's do our best to dig it out again and really piss them off! ;)
 October 3, 2012
WARNING!! Santa's Village has reopened as "The Azoosment Park" as of September 23, 2010. Do NOT attempt to enter Santa's Village or Racing Rapids because you will be caught and prosecuted. Read more under the Santa's Village and Racing Rapids page of in the Directions & Information tab!
September 23, 2010
IMPORTANT UPDATE - As of October 18, 2010 at 4:45AM a devastating fire broke out at the Algonquin Toastmaster Factory consuming the factory in heavily destructive flames. The building is considered a complete loss and may be virtually inaccessible. You can read more about this catastrophe on WGN's website here.
Also, according to other Abandoned Illinois explorers, the Crystal Lake Farm House and Barn were torn down as of October 18, 2010 as well. A very hard day for us losing two places at one time.
 October 18, 2010

Some information has been passed our way about more abandoned locations in the area. If anyone has any information of their specific locations or whereabouts, please feel free to share with us in our guestbook. Thanks!

>> Ringwood, Illinois - 3916 Ringwood Road

>> Manteno, Illinois - Manteno Insane Asylum

>> Huntley, Illinois - 11117 South Church Street

News and Updates

As of recently, the rights of photography and those of the photographers are being critically attacked. Many people are unaware of their actual legal rights as photographers and what is considered legal or illegal. Our friend Larry Eissler was kind enough to share some information with us on this situation. To read more about your photography rights, click here for a free downloadable and printable informational pamphlet.