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Chicago's Moving Bridges by spudart Chicago's Moving Bridges by spudart
The Chicago River cuts through downtown Chicago and is home to the most moveable bridges in the world for any city. Starting from the top, here are the bridges featured in this photo: Franklin Street Bridge, Wells Street Bridge, LaSalle Street Bridge, Clark Street Bridge, and Dearborn Street Bridge.

A little bit of trivia about a couple of these bridges. The top bridge at Franklin Street was an important part of the 2005 film "Batman Begins" because it's the bridge that connects Gotham City with the Narrows. The 2nd bridge from the top (Wells Street) is the double decker extreme bridge. It carries three lanes of southbound traffic along with two sidewalks. The upper deck slams across two sets of CTA trains every day with the brown and purple. The bottom bridge (Dearborn Street) is the only bridge featured here that was not built between 1919 to 1929. It was constructed in 1962, and its straight-line modern style certainly proclaims that.

The Corn Cob towers (aka Marina City Towers) on the right serve as a natural framing device for this photo. Newly reconstructed Wacker Drive happily sits on the left.

One of my favorite parts of this photo (other than the nice number of bridges shown) is how the Chicago River at the top of the photo splits into two branches.

Oh wait, but there's more! In the very back of the photo are two sets of Metra tracks. The set on the ground leads into Union Station. The top set leads into Ogilvie Transportation Center. In fact look at the top tracks NOW! There's a train leaving Ogilvie right now! Well, it's just my guess that it's leaving seeing that this photo was taken in the afternoon. Oh, this was shot on the top floor of Hotel 71.
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siriuswerke2 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2016
I visited Chicago at Xmas 1999 and again the following January.  During one of those visits the Franklin bridge was raised.  A
passing police officer informed me it had frozen and workmen were trying to lower it.
Had lunch in a bar around the corner from the clock tower at right (I think the bar was used for a scene in Ocean's Eleven where Clooney meets Damon.)  And listened to a trumpet player on the Dearborn bridge embankment. 
10 degree weather and I was wearing converse tennies that nicely did not freeze.
Thanks for this rare view.
gearten Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
fantastic picture
chessykat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
It looks like a painting!
Marduk01 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Chicago Style & Design is freaking sweet and if I remeber right I think we have more then the ones pictured
mr-sarcastic1984 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
great story to the photo..your descriptions remind me of the guy on pbs who does the historical docs on chicago
SheilaMBrinson Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
wow love it love it :+favlove:
doder Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
beautyfull city and great shot as always ;)
spudart Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Professional Photographer
thank you! Chicago is certrainly full of beauty.
colorpulse24 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
we have that many huh? i always go by there and count 3.then stop lol i like the pik.
RickyLP Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
nice shot
well done
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Mar 28, 2007, 4:34:53 PM