Bridges in Chicago

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Bridges in Chicago

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  • Irina
    United States9,939 contributions
    The Michigan Avenue Bridge has been officially renamed over a decade ago, and since 2010 it is referred to as The DuSable Bridge -- named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, regarded as the first permanent settler in Fort Dearborn, which in 1837 became the city of Chicago.

    In my opinion, the bridge deserves the highest compliments from the view point of a historic perspective. Over a hundred years (it was opened in 1920), the bridge has been an invaluable central connection of The Near North Side of the city with The Chicago Loop, both for vehicles and pedestrians. It is a trunnion bascule bridge, and in the spring and fall months it is raised twice weekly , so that the sailboats can pass between Lake Michigan and inland boat yards.

    There are commemorative plaques on the walls of the bridge, and the outer walls of the four bridgehouses are decorated with the monumental sculptures, marking the important historic milestones -- events, dates, historic figures in the discovery and development, protection and regeneration of the land of Illinois, of Fort Dearborn, of Chicago. The bridge is listed in NRHP (1978), and it is designated a Chicago Landmark (1991).

    Every year, millions of tourists from all over the world visit Chicago, walking along this bridge all the time, admiring the beautiful Chicago River, the unique skyline of the city and its fascinating historic buildings.

    It would be fair to say, that The DuSable Bridge (The Michigan Avenue Bridge) is a prominent site for many, who are happy to appreciate the long-term service of the bridge and its historic significance.
    Written 21 January 2022
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  • RCSColumbus
    Columbus, OH620 contributions
    As you walk across this stunning pedestrian bridge designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry you can't help but be impressed by the quality of the construction materials and the way they're used to create the gentle curves that define this work of art. Proof that something as practical as a footbridge can also be unique and beautiful. Every curve offers an interesting photo opportunity.
    Written 26 February 2020
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  • Neta_Avivi
    Tel Aviv, Israel3,546 contributions
    The Dearborn Street Bridge is a steel bridge over the Chicago River. It connects the Near North Side with the Loop area of Chicago. It was built in 1834, was the first movable bridge in Chicago and served as the primary crossing point over the Chicago River for the original town (population of 350 at the time). Since then, the bridge was dismantled and replaced a few times. It is another Chicago Landmark and part of the city's beautiful landscape.
    Written 10 October 2019
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ3,545 contributions
    If you are wondering why this is an attraction: 1. This bridge was knocked down by a boat in the 1850s. 2. In the 1920 poet Carl Sandburg wrote a poem called the Clark Street Bridge. So yeah, some neat history, it like I said, otherwise it is a bridge.
    Written 27 January 2019
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL29,714 contributions
    This bridge was utilized for a jump in the 1980 movie, "The Blues Brothers". It is located just east of the Calumet Fisheries which is at 3259 E. 95th St. between South Houston Ave. and South Avenue N in Chicago. "The Blues Brothers" is even memorialized on a mural at Calumet Fisheries. In the movie, the new Bluesmobile – picked up by Elwood at a Mount Prospect City police auction – demonstrates its prowess by leaping across the East 95th Street Bridge over the Calumet River at Calumet Harbor, on the south side of Chicago,
    Written 1 August 2018
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
    It was very slippery when I came to visit the Zoo (because it is located in the Lincoln Park ZOO). Very impressive view of Chicago downtown from here.
    Written 24 March 2020
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
    Built by the City of Chicago in 1958, the Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge (also known as the “Skyway”) is a 7.8-mile-long toll road that connects the Indiana Toll Road to the Dan Ryan Expressway on Chicago's South Side.
    AMAZING VIEW FROM THERE!
    Written 24 March 2020
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