Michigan Avenue Bridge
Michigan Avenue Bridge
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The view from the bridge is one of the best vistas the city has to offer.
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Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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  • State/Lake • 6 min walk
  • Grand • 6 min walk
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  • Akbar Akh
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Michigan Avenue Bridge Chicago
    Michigan Avenue Bridge Chicago Michigan Avenue One of the sights of the great city of Chicago is called Michigan Street, which is a great place for sightseeing and adventure with its large streets and buildings. All famous brands are present on Michigan Street, and of course expensive. On one side of Michigan Street, there is a river that can surprise you. There are tall and unique buildings on this street.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 10, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,362 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic Spot and The Heart of Downtown Chicago
    The Michigan Avenue Bridge (renamed the DuSable Bridge) is a historic bridge in downtown Chicago that crosses the Chicago River and connects Chicago's "Loop" to the city's Magnificent Mile and neighborhoods beyond. It is a bascule bridge, and each end can be lifted to let river traffic through when needed. It is also believed to be the first ever double decker bridge. Faster noncommercial traffic would use the upper deck and slower commercial traffic would use the lower. For a visitor to the city, it creates an amazingly beautiful site as it sits near the historic Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, two iconic skyscrapers in the city and right on the river. The scene is particularly stunning at night when the buildings are illuminated.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Irina
    United States13,537 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Chicago Landmark
    I always like to visit Michigan Avenue Bridge (Du Sable Bridge). It is an iconic site and designated Chicago Landmark (1991), it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, it is always busy with traffic and pedestrians, the views from the bridge are fantastic, giving a clear understanding of the importance of the bridge both historically and in present times. In my perception, Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge) is a great symbol of Chicago as a modern, vibrant, open-minded city with diverse demographics, and for the last two and a half years it is also a symbol of strength and support of people, fighting for freedom in other countries of the world.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 20, 2024
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Akbar Akh
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Michigan Avenue Bridge
Chicago
Michigan Avenue
One of the sights of the great city of Chicago is called Michigan Street, which is a great place for sightseeing and adventure with its large streets and buildings. All famous brands are present on Michigan Street, and of course expensive. On one side of Michigan Street, there is a river that can surprise you. There are tall and unique buildings on this street.
Written November 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The Michigan Avenue Bridge (renamed the DuSable Bridge) is a historic bridge in downtown Chicago that crosses the Chicago River and connects Chicago's "Loop" to the city's Magnificent Mile and neighborhoods beyond. It is a bascule bridge, and each end can be lifted to let river traffic through when needed. It is also believed to be the first ever double decker bridge. Faster noncommercial traffic would use the upper deck and slower commercial traffic would use the lower. For a visitor to the city, it creates an amazingly beautiful site as it sits near the historic Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, two iconic skyscrapers in the city and right on the river. The scene is particularly stunning at night when the buildings are illuminated.
Written March 11, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Irina
United States13,537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I always like to visit Michigan Avenue Bridge (Du Sable Bridge).

It is an iconic site and designated Chicago Landmark (1991), it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, it is always busy with traffic and pedestrians, the views from the bridge are fantastic, giving a clear understanding of the importance of the bridge both historically and in present times.

In my perception, Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge) is a great symbol of Chicago as a modern, vibrant, open-minded city with diverse demographics, and for the last two and a half years it is also a symbol of strength and support of people, fighting for freedom in other countries of the world.
Written June 20, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lori T
Dawsonville, GA2,569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
The views from the bridge are well worth the effort to walk across. We stopped to take the iconic selfie with the Tribune Tower in the background. The bridge is also busy with pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Written May 16, 2021
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX5,113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
I don’t know that I can say this is a must see activity, but if you’re crossing over the river, might as well use this bridge. Nice to stop and take a look at the boats going by below. I didn’t really think much of the bridge at the time, but it does have some style and some nice lamp posts and period pieces.
Written July 25, 2021
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Irina
United States13,537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The Michigan Avenue Bridge has been officially renamed over a decade ago, and since 2010 it is referred to as The DuSable Bridge -- named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, regarded as the first permanent settler in Fort Dearborn, which in 1837 became the city of Chicago.

In my opinion, the bridge deserves the highest compliments from the view point of a historic perspective. Over a hundred years (it was opened in 1920), the bridge has been an invaluable central connection of The Near North Side of the city with The Chicago Loop, both for vehicles and pedestrians. It is a trunnion bascule bridge, and in the spring and fall months it is raised twice weekly , so that the sailboats can pass between Lake Michigan and inland boat yards.

There are commemorative plaques on the walls of the bridge, and the outer walls of the four bridgehouses are decorated with the monumental sculptures, marking the important historic milestones -- events, dates, historic figures in the discovery and development, protection and regeneration of the land of Illinois, of Fort Dearborn, of Chicago. The bridge is listed in NRHP (1978), and it is designated a Chicago Landmark (1991).

Every year, millions of tourists from all over the world visit Chicago, walking along this bridge all the time, admiring the beautiful Chicago River, the unique skyline of the city and its fascinating historic buildings.

It would be fair to say, that The DuSable Bridge (The Michigan Avenue Bridge) is a prominent site for many, who are happy to appreciate the long-term service of the bridge and its historic significance.
Written January 21, 2022
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Martin S
Cranford, NJ1,695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Michigan Avenue has always been one of my favorite walks in Chicago.
But something special happens when you cross this bridge - at least for me. You get to look east and west and see (and feel) the beauty and energy along the Chicago River. You also see the amazing architecture right there - Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and Trump Tower a short distance away. You begin to realize why this is called the Magnificent Mile, because it is!!
This bridge was a significant piece of the vision for Michigan Avenue.

The bridge was named the DuSable bridge in 2010, and as far as bridges go, it’s special too, carrying two levels of people and traffic across the river.

It’s also a great vantage point to see all the bridges connecting the north and south sides of various streets over the river.

I love it!
Written July 15, 2019
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Mulhimaam
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Walking across the bridge is a trip to the past. The view of the river with the buildings reflecting in the water is simply spectacular. It connects downtown Chicago with the north side of the city. You can also catch a ride on the water taxi. The bridge is actually called the DuSable Bridge after the founder of Chicago, there is a statue of him on one side of the bridge.
Written July 3, 2019
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Letícia Pereira
Belo Horizonte, MG706 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
A very beautiful bridge, specially at night, where you can see the buildings along the river, the boats and lights. Take a lot of photos.
Written November 3, 2016
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
This was only a 5 minute walk from our hotel the Hyatt, and really liked the architectural design. The location was ideal in the heart of the city and tucked in below all the skyscrapers.
Written December 2, 2018
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