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Dearborn Street Bridge

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Dearborn Street Bridge

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Taylor B wrote a review Feb 2020
Chicago, Illinois6,633 contributions5,562 helpful votes
Of all the bridges that span the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, the Dearborn Street Bridge has been acclaimed American's most beautiful steel bridge. Built in 1962, it connects the Near North Side to The Loop. It is 342 feet long and 56 feet wide and is the fourth bridge to be constructed at the site. The 1834 Dearborn Street Bridge was the first movable bridge built in Chicago, when the population was 350, and was the primary crossing point over the Chicago River for the original town. It dismantled in 1839. A swing bridge was installed in 1888 and was replaced by a rolling lift bascule bridge in 1907, then by the current bridge, which features a single bridge tender house on the southeast corner of the bridge. Today, it carries north-bound traffic from The Loop, across the river, to the Near North Side.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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psudino wrote a review Nov 2019
Weehawken, New Jersey3,167 contributions744 helpful votes
Quite frankly, I didn't realize that this was an attraction until I searched TripAdvisor for the Heald Statue. Then I actually learned about this bridge by reading the TripAdvisor reviews. I won't rehash those. My issue is that if this bridge has such historical significance, then shouldn't there be signage on both side commemorating it. I think the city of the Chicago needs to make a conspicuous monument or plaque explaining why we should care.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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TeamWard wrote a review Oct 2019
Nottingham, United Kingdom4,296 contributions6,188 helpful votes
Easy bridge to find cause of the corncobs building right next to it, its one of several iconic bridges along the Chicago river, neat to see it open if your visiting at the right time of year, well worth viewing.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Neta_Avivi wrote a review Oct 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel3,565 contributions359 helpful votes
The Dearborn Street Bridge is a steel bridge over the Chicago River. It connects the Near North Side with the Loop area of Chicago. It was built in 1834, was the first movable bridge in Chicago and served as the primary crossing point over the Chicago River for the original town (population of 350 at the time). Since then, the bridge was dismantled and replaced a few times. It is another Chicago Landmark and part of the city's beautiful landscape.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Taylor B wrote a review Jun 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,633 contributions5,562 helpful votes
The Dearborn Street Bridge that spans the Chicago River in downtown Chicago has two histories. The 1834 bridge was the first moveable bridge built in Chicago when the town had a population of 350. It was the primary crossing point over the river for the original town. But it turned out to be an unreliable nuisance that was dismantled in 1839. There was no crossing at Dearborn Street until 1888 when the existing Wells Street swing bridge was floated up river and installed at Dearborn Street. It was replaced in 1907 by a Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridge. In 1962, it was replaced by the current bridge, which received the "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" award in the Moveable Span category by the American Institute of Steel Construction in 1963.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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