Chicago’s Bridges Yawn and Stretch After a Long Winter’s Slumber [Video]
Apr01

Chicago’s Bridges Yawn and Stretch After a Long Winter’s Slumber [Video]

As warmer days become more common, the city that is Chicago yawns and stretches, shaking off its winter cloak and rubbing the crusty bits out of its eyes. Leading this effort is CDOT, the Chicago Department of Transportation which is systematically going through the city and making sure all of the movable bridges still move OK, scraping off the crust and cruft where necessary. This is the Columbus Drive bridge over the main branch of...

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Connecting Streeterville to the Loop for 30 Years
Oct31

Connecting Streeterville to the Loop for 30 Years

One of Chicago’s most traveled bridges celebrates its birthday today.  The Columbus Drive Bridge, spanning the main channel of the Chicago River, was opened on this day — Halloween — in 1982. It’s hard to imagine having to jog all the way over to Michigan Avenue or Lower Lake Shore drive just to go from Streeterville to Grant Park, but that was the situation until this span was built.  And for those of us who...

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Slice of Life: Under the Columbus Drive Bridge
Jun29

Slice of Life: Under the Columbus Drive Bridge

As noted on the Chicago Architecture Info Forum, if you time it right, on a sunny day the Columbus Drive Bridge makes cool patterns on the water....

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