Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page from the city of Chicago Illinois. I took this photograph after work in March of 2007. Seen here behind a temporary construction / demolition fence, is a Back Hoe crane on the abandoned property of the Plaza Motel at South Cicero Avenue and west 31st Street. This transient motel complex, is being redeveloped into a strip mall shopping center. Other changes on the drawing board include redevelopment of the abandoned Bel Air Drive in Movie theatre across the street, and the former Sportsman's Park horse racing track. For a while during the 1990's , the old Sportsman's Park was redeveloped into the Chicago motor Speedway. Numerous complaints of noise pollution from Cicero residents eventually closed the converted horse to auto racing track. Soon this will become a large hotel and convention center.