Chicago Bridge Video Links

Chicago -- the film website about the documentary about Chicago's bridges that has aired on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television.  The 56-minute DVD is available for sale and 1:41 minute trailer may be viewed.

So Chicago: Chicago's Historic Bridges, by Chicago Tribune by Chris Walker -- provides a good overview of the Chciago's bridge lifts or boat runs including narration by CDOT Superintendent of Bridge Operations Darryl Rouse. (3:02 minutes)

Chicago Bridges Lift as Sailboats Begin Journey to Harbors, by ABC 7 News -- shows a 2-minute video on the spring bridge run for the boats going to the  Chicago harbors.

Raising and lowering Chicago's bridges, by Media Burn - independent video archive -- two short videos on raising the bridges of Chicago and of Studs Terkel from the dedication of an honorary brown sign in his name at the East Division Street Bridge.

Pennsylvania Railroad Vertical-Lift, by The Video Catalyst Project on YouTube showing this 1915 bridge lift for sailboats returning in the fall to boatyards on the South Branch of the Chicago River near Chinatown and an Amtrak train crossing the bridge once the bridge is closed.


United States Bridge Links

Historic -- offers professional detail-oriented photo-documentation, information, and advocacy for all types of historic bridges except covered bridges. believes that changing public funding to focus on the maintenance of existing bridges, whether historic or not, would better solve infrastructure problems in North America. is led by Nathan Holth (Author, Webmaster, and Photographer), Rick McOmber (Photographer and Content Advisor), and Luke Gordon (Photographer).

Bridge --  The purpose of this site, then, is to assemble a database of the historic bridges in the Central United States. This includes everything from minor stone culverts to sweeping suspension bridges to massive steel truss spans. This also covers past, present, and future -- bridges that are long gone, those that are still standing, and those that might be built in the future using historic designs. 

Bridge Hunter List of HAER Bridge Reports -- The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) was established in 1969 by the National Park Service, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Library of Congress to document historic sites and structures related to engineering and industry.  Many fixed and moveable bridges have been documented by the program and a complete list is available at the link above as part of Bridge

Chicago Bridge Links

Chicago Loop -- the website devoted to Chicago's downtown moveable bridges.

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum -- In 2006, Friends opened the seasonal McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum in a landmarked bridgehouse on the Chicago Riverwalk to provide new access and understanding of the dynamic relationship between Chicago and its river. Click above for opening hours and information.

Chicago -- is a labor of love by Dennis McClendon at Chicago CartoGraphics, and is part of a site called

Ugly -- listing of the bridges and viaducts of Chicago from the National Bridge Inventory data listing the year built and reconditioned, length, and sufficiency rating.

Chicago Bascule Bridges -- in Landmarks Illinois posted the bridges as one the 2013 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in the state.

Chicago River Bridges, Jim Hooper Photography -- photography of Chicago's bridges by the grandson of Phillip G. Connell a contractor involved in the construction of many of today's bridges.

Dear Productions lighting of Chicago bridges -- describes the project to light Chicago bridges in 2009.

Bridges that span the river and the decades, by WBEZ's Curious City -- Who stays in the bridge houses of Chicago's bridges and what do they do all day? [Note: there are a few inaccuracies in this article, primarily that Chicago does not have the drawbridges of any city in the world -- it has the second most.]

Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) -- this department within the City of Chicago is responsible for managing and maintaining the approximate 377 bridges and viaducts within the city limits.  Site includes press releases on bridges, viaducts and waterways.

Bridges entry from the Encyclopedia of Chicago -- provides a brief history on the evolution of the Chicago's bridges written in 2005.

The Moveable Bridge Capital of the World, by Gapers Block -- My question is about Chicago's drawbridges. How many are there? How many river bridges in total?  Written in 2004.