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Michigan Avenue Bridge, Chicago

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The Michigan Avenue Bridge is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the main stem of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States. The bridge was proposed in the early 20th century as part of a plan to link Chicago's south side and north side parks with a grand boulevard. Construction of the bridge started in 1918, it opened to traffic in 1920, and decorative work was completed in 1928. The bridge provides passage for vehicles and pedestrians on two levels; it is an example of a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, which is also known as a "Chicago style bascule bridge". The bridge is included in the Michigan–Wacker Historic District and has been designated as a Chicago Landmark.The location is significant in the early history of Chicago. Events from the city's past are commemorated with sculptures and plaques on the bridge, and exhibits in the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum—housed in one of the bridge tender houses—detail the history of the Chicago River.LocationThe Michigan Avenue Bridge has a north–south orientation, spanning the main stem of the Chicago River between the Near North Side and Loop community areas of Chicago. Its northern portal lies at the foot of the Magnificent Mile, between the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. Its southern portal is at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, overlooked by the London Guarantee Building and 333 North Michigan. The neighboring bridges are Columbus Drive Bridge to the east and Wabash Avenue Bridge to the west.
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  • The vantage point from the Michigan Avenue Bridge with so many spectacular works of architecture both modern and not so much looming above makes me think I'm in the pulsating heart of this incredible ...  more »
  • The Michigan Ave bridge has a lot of historical significance, but I feel the views from the Columbus Ave bridge further down the river are actually a lot better. The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower an...  more »
  • The Michigan Avenue Bridge and the area around it make a nice place for an evening walk. Although it can be a bit crowded, it is still enjoyable and there are plenty people out together sharing the ev...  more »

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