Waukegan National Bank Building; VIP Building
4 S. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
Waukegan’s first skyscraper; a neoclassical eight-story bank tower with a basement vault and some ground-floor retail space. Functioned as a bank through about 1937, but most-remembered for a Walgreen’s occupying the former bank hall in the mid-20th century. The upper floors housed various professional offices. Acquired by a slumlord in the 1970s and has sat in darkness (with occasionally-suspicious activity taking place off-and-on) for over 30 years, only being maintained as-needed.
Status: Vacant; severely neglected and vandalized, but not truly abandoned.
Video: Weird Waukegan
Loot: Crazy Dwayne thinks I tried to steal the safe…
Notes: DO NOT ATTEMPT. Property owner is batshit and possibly violent.