Slice of Life: Bridges Up

Franklin Street bridge

The Franklin Street bridge has been raised for Chicago Riverwalk construction.

There is something uniquely photogenic about a bridge being raised along the Chicago River. You don’t need to take our word for that; observe for yourself how many folks have their cameras engaged as they wait on the sidewalks for a bridge to be lowered back into crossing mode.

Every spring and fall, regular bridge lifts are scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays for Chicago boaters to snake their high-masted vessels to and from Lake Michigan. And for a couple days here in October, the Franklin Street bridge will be stowed in the upright position while crews work on the Chicago Riverwalk beneath. Like we said, it makes for an irresistible photo op.

Running of the boats

Sail boats leave Lake Michigan as the Dearborn Bridge is raised.

many bridges

As the Wells Street bridge closes, sailboats head under the raised Franklin Street bridge.

Author: Daniel Schell

Daniel Schell is a West Loop social media addict who lives for Cubs baseball, good pizza, and big cities. If you bump into him on the street, it's likely because he's taking photos instead of watching where he's going, and he apologizes.

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