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A red X sign is a visual cue that a structure is structurally unsound and that firefighters and other first responders should take precautions when responding to emergencies there.

It’s also an extra reminder for anyone who might wander into a vacant building — which is illegal already — that they should stay out.

But there’s no indicator on the actual structures of what the red X means. Each of these vacant buildings are marked with a red X, but display varying levels of disrepair.

More on Chicago’s red X program.

(Photos: Shawn Allee/WBEZ)


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