Is Chicago About To Lose Its Title of The Drawbridge Capital Of The World?
May19

Is Chicago About To Lose Its Title of The Drawbridge Capital Of The World?

Chicago has many drawbridges; the most of any city in North America. And in classic Second City form, is surpassed only by Amsterdam as the city with the most drawbridges in the world. Chicago has the greatest variety of drawbridge designs of any city on earth. Chicago’s historic bridges embody significant engineering and cultural heritage. It is the world’s greatest working drawbridge museum. Yet, the last drawbridge to be...

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For Bridge Lovers, Chicago is the Greatest Show on Earth
Mar31

For Bridge Lovers, Chicago is the Greatest Show on Earth

For over 100 years, Chicago has been a leader in drawbridge technology, and in error has occasionally boasted of having the greatest number of drawbridges.   In actuality, Amsterdam holds that title, and in classic Second City form, Chicago is second in this regard.  Despite being in second place, Chicago can still rightfully claim the title “Drawbridge Capital of the World.” For it is the young City of Chicago that...

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A Chicago Favorite Remains Open For All To See
Feb04

A Chicago Favorite Remains Open For All To See

For at least the past decade, it has been used as the backdrop for uncounted wedding photos, and in classic Chicago urban landscapes images.  The Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge, a gawky piece of the built environment with its steel structure pointing skyward and imposing concrete counterweights in suspension, fascinates Chicagoans and visitors alike. The single-leaf bascule bridge built by the Chicago & North Western Railway next...

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How the Michigan Avenue Bridge Made Chicago What it is Today
Jan15

How the Michigan Avenue Bridge Made Chicago What it is Today

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles about Chicago’s bridges from noted author and historian Patrick McBriarty. We welcome him to the Chicago Architecture Blog as a regular contributor. Michigan Avenue runs north and south, crossing the main branch of the Chicago River a half-mile west of the mouth of the river at Lake Michigan.  The Michigan Avenue Bridge is the most revered and celebrated bridge in...

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