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After a relaxing day of sunbathing or swimming in Lake Michigan, almost no one would find comfort in a quick change or shower in this abandoned bathhouse just steps from the shore.

This building, one of a pair of abandoned bathhouses in the park, is found along a quiet stretch of sand in Illinois Beach State Park north of Chicago and three miles south of the Wisconsin State Line.

The structures caught the eye of a member of the Abandoned Illinois Facebook group with members remarking on the eerieness and the beauty of the modernistic structure.

The tall structure behind the building is a former lifeguard tower.

WBEZ, the NPR affiliate in Chicago, documented the structures in 2020 writing

the bathhouses sit unused, largely because their beach has been mostly washed away due to erosion....The northern building has been closed since at least 1987, and the southern — which now sits only about 20 yards from the water — closed in the early 2000s.

As for the future of the structures,

officials in Springfield [say] the buildings can't be torn down because of their age, [but] want to see the walls removed and the wave-top roofs retained as picnic shelters.... Even that might be hard because breaking open the concrete construction could have unforeseen consequences.

The bathhouse has caught the eye of many urban explorers who have documented their looks around the facility. They are thoroughly boarded up and gated allowing the only access via a peering camera lens.

More modern facilities at Illinois Beach are located just inland and adjacent to the park's campground.

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Gallery Credit: Angela Underwood

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