Executed in the relatively loose, painterly style associated with New York's Ashcan School of Urban Realism, Otis's industrial landscape captures the grit and brilliance of a factory on the only island in the Chicago River. View of the northern tip of Goose island in the north branch of the Chicago River. At right, a locomotive moves toward the island on the railroad bridge connecting the tip of the island to the mainland at North Avenue. The foreground is dominated by large grain elevator, with two other visible in the background at right. Next to the first elevator is a water tower. The river is in the foreground. Streams of white smoke rise from the locomotive, the grain elevators, and factories in the far background at left.