- $15 for one admission to a one-hour bridge lift tour with retired civil engineer Jim Phillips
- When: select dates, May 16–June 28. Daytime tours begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.
- Where: Groups meet at the NE bridge-house at the Lake St bridge.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
What You’ll Do
It’s quite a sight to see: the large bridges in downtown Chicago opening skyward one after the other to create an open route to the lake for passing sailboats. Follow these impressive structures on a walk that begins at the NW bridgehouse of the W Jackson Boulevard bridge and heads westward. As you soak up fall in the heart of the city, Jim will talk about the history and varying architectural styles of these stunning moving sculptures and explain why they are essential to Chicago as a whole.
Tour Chicago’s Kinetic Bridges
As you stroll through the Loop, you’ll watch the successive motions of the scheduled fall bridge lifts.
Optional Extended Tour
An inside view of the bridge lift and its machinery is available on certain dates, if time permits, at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum for a $10 fee (not included).
Retired Civil Engineer
With an extensive background as a civil engineer, Jim Phillips became so fascinated by the history and functional artistry of the movable bridges in downtown Chicago that he just had to write an e-book about them. More than just a rundown of statistical facts and figures, Two Miles – Eighteen Bridges delves deep into the historical and cultural impact of the structures. As an active volunteer at the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, Jim leads presentations about these fascinating marvels of engineering for local schools and civic groups.