Last big slaughterhouse in Chicago is moving on

Last big slaughterhouse in Chicago is moving on

 BY Don Babwin Associated Press (IL)

CHICAGO — Traffic came to a standstill as cowboys on horseback herded livestock through the streets.

Generations of workers walked to jobs at dozens of slaughterhouses and packing plants concentrated in an area that, at about 500 acres, was the largest meatpacking district in the world.

But more than 100 years after Upton Sinclair delivered a scathing critique of Chicago’s slaughterhouse industry in his 1906 novel The Jungle , the city’s last major slaughterhouse — Chiappetti Veal and Lamb — is looking for a new home.

When it finds one, it could mark the final chapter in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood’s storied history.


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