Chicago Architecture Info
Michigan Avenue Bridge
Also known as
DuSable Bridge
Michigan Avenue spanning the main branch of the Chicago River
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Basic Information
Designed by Edward Burnnett
Cost $1,800,000
Type Bridge
Floors: 2
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Total length: 256 feet
  • Clear span: 220 feet
  • Total width: 92 feet
  • Height above water: 17 feet (variable)
  • Each leaf weighs about 6.7 million pounds.
  • 1928: The four limestone bridgehouses were added. They are adorned with sculptures depicting Chicago history by J.E. Fraser and Henry Herring.
  • 1970's: The bridge's historic decorative railings were removed and replaced with modern railings.
  • October 2, 1991: This bridge was named a Chicago landmark.
  • 2006: A Chicago River museum opened in the bridge's southwest bridgehouse.
  • 2010: As part of a renovation of the bridge, the decorative railings that were removed 40 years earlier were replaced.