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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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  • August 10, 2017
    What a wonderful area to wander around in. Great views of the city and the waterfront. Generally felt very safe and inviting and generally clean and well taken care of. There are the business and priv...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The Michigan Avenue Bridge connects The Loop and the Magnificent Mile. There are some gorgeous views of the River, Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, and the Magnificent Mile from this bridge. Take a seco...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    There are a number of bridges that cross the Chicago River, but the Michigan Avenue Bridge (aka DuSable Bridge) does that in magnificent fashion. The bridge connects the Magnificent Mile on the north ...  more »

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