- $15 for one admission to a one-hour bridge lift 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 Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain at 300 N McClurg Ct.
Each event is capped at 10 purchasers.
What You’ll Do
Throughout October, the large kinetic bridges in downtown Chicago lift up as sailboats migrate to their winter storage. Follow these impressive structures on a walk that begins at the Centennial Fountain 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.