Moving-Bridge Walking Tour

West Loop

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In a Nutshell

Walk the streets of the Loop with civil engineer Jim Phillips and watch the Chicago River's movable bridges in action

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 7, 2014. Amount paid never expires. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Reservations required prior to attending event. Refundable only on day of purchase. Dates subject to capacity and cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $15 for one admission to a Chicago moving-bridges walking tour with retired civil engineer Jim Phillips
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

Groups meet at the bridge house at the intersection of W. Jackson Blvd. and the South Branch of the Chicago River.

Each event is capped at 10 purchasers; each event requires a minimum of one purchaser in order to take place.


What You'll Do

Because the Chicago River is a navigable waterway, it can't have permanent barriers to water traffic. As a result, downtown Chicago houses 18 movable bridges within a two-mile stretch, an engineering marvel that Jim Phillips detailed in his own e-book. Join Jim on a strategically timed walking tour of the bridges as they're raised skyward then lowered, creating what looks like an urban domino effect. While you admire these artistic feats of city infrastructure, you'll learn each bridge's history and how it has been modernized over the years.

  • Watch Moving Bridges in Action
    During a strategically timed walking tour, watch 18 movable bridges rise to permit the flow of water traffic

  • Learn the History of Chicago's Downtown Bridges
    Former civil engineer Jim Phillips explains the history of each bridge and how it has evolved over time


Your Host

Jim Phillips Jim Phillips
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.


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    West Loop

    450 West Jackson Boulevard

    Chicago, IL 60606

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