Chicago Loop Bridges

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    Bridge Lift Walking Tour

    Watching Chicago’s movable bridges operate generally provokes a gasp. “Oh...my.” “Woah.” “Did you see that?” Walking just around the riverbend, you’ll follow the bridge lift, watching these massive kinetic sculptures open for the sailboat migration from Lake Michigan to winter storage. Waving to the sailors, you’ll discuss the hows, whys, and history of the current bridges. This is your tour. You can bring up any specific interests you would like to explore. Uncover the mysteries behind these beauties, today, and gasp in wonder at the man-made marvels.
    Bridge Lift Walking Tour

    E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Watch the spectacle of the Chicago bridge lift as sailboats migrate from Lake Michigan to winter storage
    • Learn the history behind these structures, discussing the hows and whys behind the bridge lift
    • Walk along the Chicago river and check out the boats and bridges
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    Bridges of Chicago Tour

    Is there anything more picturesque than the Chicago skyline and the connecting bridges? Beginning at the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, you’ll first explore the Chicago River history and view the intricate bridgeworks that helped put this city on the map. From there, walk along the Mainstem and South Branch of the river, enjoying stunning views of Chicago’s cityscape and stopping by bridges along the way. During the walk, you will learn the history behind these fascinating bridges and how a Chicago-type bascule bridge operates. See it all and take in the views. Just remember to breathe because it might take your breath away.
    Bridges of Chicago Tour

    376 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Tour McCormick Bridgehouse and the Chicago River Museum to gain an understanding of Chicago River history and the bridgework found throughout the city
    • Walk along the Mainstem and South Branch of the stunning Chicago River and enjoy views of the skyline
    • Learn the history behind these bridges and how they function
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    Morning Stroll: Tour of Chicago's Bridges

    Is there anything more relaxing than a morning stroll? The city’s quiet, you can feel the soft breeze from Lake Michigan. It’s Chicago at its most peaceful time. With Chicago Loop Bridges, enjoy a scenic walk from Ellen Lanyon’s Riverwalk Gateway to the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum. Along the way, you’ll explore some of Chicago’s bridge history, the 1909 Plan of Chicago, and how a Chicago-type bascule bridge operates. As you walk and learn, take in the best views of this city. It’ll remind you why it’s one of the prettiest in the world.
    Morning Stroll: Tour of Chicago's Bridges

    E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Explore Chicago’s bridge history, the 1909 Plan of Chicago, and even estimate the age of Chicago bridges
    • Walk along the river as you observe these bridges in action
    • Visit the McCormick Bridgehouse to gain a better understanding of bridges in Chicago’s history
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