"Michigan Avenue Bridge" Michigan Avenue Bridge Tip by Bwana_Brown

Michigan Avenue Bridge, Chicago: 5 reviews and 12 photos

  Michigan Avenue Bridge spans the Chicago River
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  • Michigan Avenue Bridge spans the Chicago River - Chicago
      Michigan Avenue Bridge spans the Chicago River
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  • Approaching the Bridge from Tribune/Wrigley - Chicago
      Approaching the Bridge from Tribune/Wrigley
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  • Impressive bridgehouse control structure - Chicago
      Impressive bridgehouse control structure
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  • Plaque to Chicago's founders - Chicago
      Plaque to Chicago's founders
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Being from Canada's Maritime Provinces, I always like to see water! Consequently, I was very happy to find the Chicago River area around the Michigan Avenue Bridge. It was quite a visual treat as I walked only a few steps further south from the Tribune and Wrigley buildings (2nd photo). This Beaux Arts-style bridge was completed in 1920 and, along with with the sculptures on its impressive bridge house towers that control operation of the lift-bridge spans, it made for a grand entrance into the city's downtown area.

My 3rd photo shows a closer view of one of the bridge houses that allow river traffic to pass by opening the two pivoted 3750-ton steel and concrete bridge sections (one on each bank) upward as required. These buildings are also adorned with very impressive bas relief sculptures of events from Chicago's history, including the plaque in my 4th photo commemorating French explorers from Canada who made their way through the area in the 1680s on their way to the Mississippi River.

Address: Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Directions: Over the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 17, 2008
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