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Historic Bridges: Cook County, Illinois

Including Historic Chicago Bridges



Chicago and Cook County are home to one of the largest collections of historic bridges in the country, and no other city in the world has more movable bridges. HistoricBridges.org is proud to offer the most complete coverage of these bridges on the Internet. In addition to the traditional table listing, an interactive Google map of available bridges is available below. This special map has bridge markers colored by bridge movable type.

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Total Bridges Found: 194

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 Bridge Name HSR Rating Facility Carried / Feature Intersected LocationStructure Type Structure DimensionsConstruction Date / Builder or Contractor DescriptionThumbnail
100th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. 100th Street Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 326 ft
Main Span Length: 233 ft
Roadway Width: 38 ft
Main Spans: 1
1927 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This bascule bridge is an excellent and unaltered example of a traditional Chicago bascule bridge.Click to visit page.
104th Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. 104th Avenue (Willow Springs Road) Over Calumet Sag Channel Palos: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 406 ft
Main Span Length: 290 ft
Roadway Width: 28 ft
Main Spans: 1
1964 By: Unknown and Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois One of several 1960s truss bridges on the Calumet Sag Channel.Click to visit page.
106th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. 106th Street Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 349 ft
Main Span Length: 250 ft
Roadway Width: 38 ft
Main Spans: 1
1930 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This impressive bascule bridge has very tall trusses and is among the most impressive of the Calumet River highway bridges.Click to visit page.
127th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. 127th Street Over Calumet Sag Channel Alsip: Cook County, Illinois Metal 12 Panel Bolt-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 610.3 ft
Main Span Length: 396 ft
Roadway Width: 53.2 ft
Main Spans: 1
1968 By: Unknown and Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois This imposing bridge is noted for its very heavy skew.Click to visit page.
130th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. 130th Street Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 12 Panel Rivet-Connected Modified Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Total Length: 369 ft
Main Span Length: 230 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1949 By: Unknown This truss bridge is a fixed Calumet River bridge that features an unusual modified Warren truss design.Click to visit page.
130th Street Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (NICTD South Shore Line) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Total Length: 431.7 ft
Main Span Length: 273.6 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown An example of late railroad truss bridge construction.Click to visit page.
18th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. 18th Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Railing Height Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 280 ft
Main Span Length: 182 ft
Roadway Width: 48 ft
Main Spans: 1
1967 By: Unknown and City of Chicago This is one of the few single leaf highway bascule bridges in Chicago, and the only example using the pony/deck truss design.Click to visit page.
31st Street Railroad Overpass East
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Various) Over 31st Street Boulevard Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 2 By: Unknown One of two railroad overpasses crossing this boulevard that have aesthetic details.Click to visit page.
31st Street Railroad Overpass West
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago and Western Indiana) Over 31st Street Boulevard Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown This is one of two similar beautifully designed grade separations to carry a railroad over a Chicago boulevard.Click to visit page.
! 35th Street Pedestrian Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Pedestrian Walkway Over Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown One of two riveted pedestrian overpass structures in the area.Click to visit page.
43rd Street Pedestrian Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Pedestrian Walkway Over Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown One of two riveted pedestrian overpass structures in the area.Click to visit page.
47th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Over 47th Street Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 5 By: Unknown With an art deco style, this is one of of a series of railroad overpass bridges that display highly attractive architectual details.Click to visit page.
47th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago Belt Railroad) Over 47th Street Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Total Length: 80 ft
Main Span Length: 48 ft
Main Spans: 1
1946 By: Michael J. McDermott and Company and H. C. Taylor This bridge stands out among many overpasses in Chicago for its ornate architectural detailing.Click to visit page.
51st Street Bridge
Hyde Park Boulevard Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Over 51st Street (Hyde Park Boulevard) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown One of of a series of railroad overpass bridges that display highly attractive architectual details.Click to visit page.
53rd Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Over 53rd Street Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown One of of a series of railroad overpass bridges that display highly attractive architectual details.Click to visit page.
55th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Over 55th Street Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown One of of a series of railroad overpass bridges that display highly attractive architectual details.Click to visit page.
56th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Over 56th Street Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown One of of a series of railroad overpass bridges that display highly attractive architectual details.Click to visit page.
57th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Over 57th Street Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 5 By: Unknown One of of a series of railroad overpass bridges that display attractive architectual details.Click to visit page.
59th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Over 59th Street and Westbound Midway Plaisance Drive Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 6 By: Unknown With unusual railings on one side, this is one of the largest examples of a series of similar bridges that display highly attractive architectual details.Click to visit page.
60th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Over 60th Street and Eastbound Midway Plaisance Drive Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 6 By: Unknown One of the largest examples of a series of railroad overpass bridges that display highly attractive architectual details.Click to visit page.
95th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. 95th Street Bridge (US-12) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 343 ft
Main Span Length: 239 ft
Roadway Width: 62 ft
Main Spans: 1
1958 By: Overland Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois This is the bascule bridge the seen in the Blues Brothers movie.Click to visit page.
96th Avenue Bridges
La Grange Road Bridges
Historic Significance Rating. US-45 (96th Avenue and La Grange Road) Over Calumet Sag Channel Palos: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Continuous Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 445 ft
Main Span Length: 289.7 ft
Roadway Width: 30.8 ft
Main Spans: 1
1967 By: Unknown and Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois This is a pair of identical truss bridges that carry a divided highway system.Click to visit page.
Adams Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Adams Street (Historic US-66) Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 250 ft
Main Span Length: 199 ft
Roadway Width: 38 ft
Main Spans: 1
1927 By: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago One of the bascule bridges in Chicago that is a true deck truss with no trusses above the roadway.Click to visit page.
Archer Avenue Bridge
Kingery Highway Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Archer Avenue (Kingery Highway, IL-83) Over Calumet Sag Channel Sag Bridge: Cook County, Illinois Metal 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 508 ft
Main Span Length: 304.5 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1934 By: Unknown One of a couple pleasingly complex 1930s Pennsylvania through truss bridges filled with complex geometry.Click to visit page.
Ashland Avenue Calumet Sag Channel Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Ashland Avenue Over Calumet Sag Channel Blue Island: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Pre-Stressed Concrete Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 378.3 ft
Main Span Length: 250 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1932 By: Unknown This impressive through truss has an attractive visual complexity to its trusses.Click to visit page.
! Ashland Avenue North Branch Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Ashland Avenue Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 386.5 ft
Main Span Length: 232 ft
Roadway Width: 60 ft
Main Spans: 1
1936 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This graceful structure includes bridge tender buildings with symbolic depictions.Click to visit page.
Ashland Avenue Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Ashland Avenue Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 312 ft
Main Span Length: 225 ft
Roadway Width: 57 ft
Main Spans: 1
1938 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This is among the widest Chicago bascule bridges, and is associated with Depression era funding programs.Click to visit page.
! Aulwurm Drive Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Aulwurm Drive Over Little Calumet River Blue Island: Cook County, Illinois Metal 3 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown Just about everything that could go wrong with this rare multi-span pony truss has gone wrong.Click to visit page.
Austin Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Soo Line, Metra Milwaukee District West) Over Austin Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 1 1939 By: Overland Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and Arthur Engh Funded with federal Depression era relief funds, this bridge is so wide driving under it is much like driving through a tunnel.Click to visit page.
X Baltimore and Ohio Calumet River Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Baltimore and Ohio) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Modified Warren (Subdivided) Through Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Heel Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Main Span Length: 235 ft
Main Spans: 1
1913 By: Unknown and Strauss Bascule Bridge Company (Strauss Engineering Company) of Chicago, Illinois Only the counterweight and mechanical frame of this bridge remains after being hit by a boat in 1988.Click to visit page.
! Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal) Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Heel Trunnion) Total Length: 186 ft
Main Spans: 1
1930 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Strauss Bascule Bridge Company (Strauss Engineering Company) of Chicago, Illinois This mature example of a Strauss heel-trunnion bascule bridge has been abandoned in its raised position.Click to visit page.
Barry Avenue Underpass
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Over Barry Avenue Pedestrian Walkway Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown Although one side is altered, this remains an attractive example of a historic Lake Shore Drive bridge that crosses a pedestrian walkway in Lincoln Park.Click to visit page.
Belmont Avenue Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Over Belmont Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete T-Beam, Fixed Total Length: 70 ft
Main Span Length: 66 ft
Roadway Width: 100 ft
Main Spans: 1
1940 By: Unknown This bridge is quite different in design and appearance from other historic overpasses on Lake Shore Drive.Click to visit page.
Blue Island Junction Railroad Bridges
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Various) Over Calumet Sag Channel Blue Island: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown This is a unique collection of five bridges of same age and similar design located next to a busy railroad junction.Click to visit page.
Bluff City Boulevard Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Bluff City Boulevard Over Poplar Creek Elgin: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Total Length: 40 ft
Main Span Length: 34 ft
Roadway Width: 30.8 ft
Main Spans: 1
1909 By: Unknown This is a small but noteworthy in this area as an old, unaltered example of a concrete arch bridge.Click to visit page.
Bridge Z-6
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Canadian Pacific) Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Movable: Swing (Arc Bearing Bobtail) and Approach Spans: Metal Girder, Fixed Total Length: 245.2 ft
Main Span Length: 175.2 ft
Main Spans: 1
1899 By: American Bridge Works, of Chicago, Illinois and Onward Bates This bridge exhibits one of the most unusual swing bridge designs ever encountered.Click to visit page.
Burkhardt Drive Bridge
Boulder Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Burkhardt Drive Over Douglas Park Lake Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Three-Hinged Solid Ribbed Spandrel Braced Deck Arch, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown This bridge appears to be a rare spandrel braced three-hinged arch bridge.Click to visit page.
California Avenue AT and SF Railroad Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) Over California Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown Although individually undistinguished, this bridge is a representative example of its kind.Click to visit page.
California Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. California Avenue Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 314 ft
Main Span Length: 224 ft
Roadway Width: 38 ft
Main Spans: 1
1926 By: Unknown This is a two-lane bascule bridge that no longer operates.Click to visit page.
California Avenue C and WI Railroad Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago and Western Indiana) Over California Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 4 By: Unknown Although individually undistinguished, this bridge is a representative example of its kind.Click to visit page.
Calumet River Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern Railroad Bridge
Bridge 710
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Tower Drive) Main Span Length: 242 ft
Main Spans: 1
1974 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York This may not be the oldest of vertical lift bridges in Chicago, but its bright red paint and interesting shape make this an attractive gateway into Lake Michigan!Click to visit page.
Calumet River Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge
Nickel Plate Road Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 12 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift Main Spans: 1 1971 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York This is an impressive example of a traditional mid-20th Century railroad vertical lift bridge.Click to visit page.
Calumet River Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridges
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Various) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Tower Drive) Total Length: 210 ft
Main Span Length: 210 ft
Roadway Width: 31.25 ft
Main Spans: 1
1912 By: Kelly-Atkinson Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and Waddell and Harrington Once a group of five bridges, the three remaining impressive vertical lifts are excellent examples of Waddell and Harrington vertical lift bridges.Click to visit page.
Calumet Sag Channel Canadian National Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Canadian National) Over Calumet Sag Channel Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 12 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown A typical example of a Calumet Sag Channel railroad bridge.Click to visit page.
Canal Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Canal Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 350 ft
Main Span Length: 254 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1949 By: Mount Vernon Bridge Company of Mount Vernon, Ohio and City of Chicago This trunnion bascule bridge was built by the Mount Vernon Bridge Company of Ohio.Click to visit page.
Canal Street Railroad Bridge
Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge 458
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Amtrak, Metra Heritage Corridor, and Metra SouthWest Service) Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Span Drive) Total Length: 387.8 ft
Main Span Length: 272.8 ft
Roadway Width: 19.5 ft
Main Spans: 1
1915 By: Pennsylvania Steel Company of Steelton, Pennsylvania and Waddell and Harrington The heaviest vertical lift span when built, with 195 foot high towers, this is the only vertical lift near downtown Chicago.Click to visit page.
Central Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Central Avenue Over Tinley Creek Worth: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Rigid-Frame, Fixed Total Length: 46 ft
Main Span Length: 40 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1941 By: Davidson and Doctor This bridge is a good example of a county-designed rigid-frame bridge.Click to visit page.
Cermak Road Bridge
22nd Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Cermak Road Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Rolling Lift) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 337 ft
Main Span Length: 216 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1906 By: George W. Jackson of Chicago, Illinois and Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois This is the only Scherzer rolling lift on the streets of Chicago, and has been heavily reconstructed.Click to visit page.
Cermak Road Railroad Overpass
Chinatown Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Rock Island District and Former New York Central) Over Cermak Road (22nd Avenue) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rigid-Frame, Fixed Main Spans: 2 By: Unknown This elegant bridge is one of the finest railroad overpass bridges in the city of Chicago.Click to visit page.
Chatham Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Chatham Street Over Calumet Sag Channel Blue Island: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 385 ft
Main Span Length: 303.8 ft
Roadway Width: 30 ft
Main Spans: 1
1964 By: Unknown One of two completely unaltered, deteriorated, and closed truss bridges in Blue Island.Click to visit page.
Cherry Avenue Bridge
Bridge Number Z-2
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad) and Non-Motorized Walkway Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Bobtail) Total Length: 230 ft
Main Span Length: 120 ft
Main Spans: 1
1902 By: Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin This extremely rare bobtail swing bridge, restored and open to the non-motorized traffic, is the most unusual and significant swing bridge in Cook County.Click to visit page.
Chicago and Alton Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago and Alton) Over South Fork South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 5 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Page) and Approach Spans: Metal Girder, Fixed Total Length: 214 ft
Main Span Length: 150 ft
Roadway Width: 34.3 ft
Main Spans: 1
1906 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and W. M. Hughes of Chicago, Illinois The first ever built, and one of the last remaining examples of a Page bascule bridge.Click to visit page.
Chicago and Illinois Western Railway Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago and Western Indiana) Over Collateral Channel (Canal Slip) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Rall) Main Spans: 1 1914 By: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and Theodor Rall One of only a few examples of a Rall bascule bridge in the entire country, and the only one in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago and Western Indiana) Over Little Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown A typical example of the railroad truss bridges found on the Little Calumet River and Calumet Sag Channel.Click to visit page.
! Chicago Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Chicago Avenue Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 291 ft
Main Span Length: 189 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1914 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This is one of the oldest pony truss style bascule bridges in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge
High Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. I-90 (Chicago Skyway) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Cantilever Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed Total Length: 2458 ft
Main Span Length: 650 ft
Roadway Width: 76.4 ft
Main Spans: 3
1958 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and J. E. Greiner Company of Chicago, Illinois This 1950s cantilever bridge is the only monumental sized high level bridge in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Chicago Transit Authority "L" System
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago Transit Authority) Over Various Streets of Chicago Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed By: Various Builders Essentially a very long multi-span bridge, parts of this railway are as old as the late 1800s, and feature riveted girder and truss construction.Click to visit page.
Cicero Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Cicero Avenue (IL-50) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 304 ft
Main Span Length: 240.2 ft
Roadway Width: 76 ft
Main Spans: 1
1927 By: Unknown and City of Chicago This bridge was originally designed with two truss lines, but a third line was added when the bridge was widened.Click to visit page.
Cicero Avenue Cal-Sag Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Cicero Avenue (IL-50) Over Calumet Sag Channel Alsip: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 378 ft
Main Span Length: 270 ft
Roadway Width: 43.6 ft
Main Spans: 1
1938 By: Unknown This beautiful bridge is distinguished by its aesthetic bracing arches and its visually lightweight appearance.Click to visit page.
Cicero Avenue Railroad Bridge
Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago and Western Indiana) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) Total Length: 334.5 ft
Main Span Length: 334.5 ft
Main Spans: 1
1900 By: Unknown Located near Nerska Junction, this center-pivot swing bridge is one of a few remaining railroad swing bridges on the Sanitary and Ship Canal.Click to visit page.
Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge
North Pond Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Columbia Drive Over Jackson Park Lagoon (North Pond) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Main Span Length: 130 ft
Roadway Width: 60 ft
Main Spans: 1
1895 By: Unknown This unusual girder bridge appears to sit on abutments that are older than the bridge itself.Click to visit page.
Clark Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Clark Street Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 346 ft
Main Span Length: 245.4 ft
Roadway Width: 38.1 ft
Main Spans: 1
1929 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This is one of the largest and most impressive of the pony truss bascule bridges in downtown Chicago.Click to visit page.
Clybourn Station Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Union Pacific North) Over Ashland Avenue and Cortland Street Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Total Length: 300 ft
Main Span Length: 62 ft
Main Spans: 3
By: Unknown This is a large, curved, and skewed concrete encased through plate girder bridge.Click to visit page.
Columbus Drive Bridge
William P. Fahey Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Columbus Drive Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Non-Historic, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 389 ft
Main Span Length: 269 ft
Roadway Width: 90 ft
Main Spans: 1
1982 By: Unknown and City of Chicago This non-historic bridge is listed only for comparitive purposes and for continuity of those using this website for a river tour.Click to visit page.
Congress Parkway "L" Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago Transit Authority "L" Orange Line) Over Congress Parkway Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed Main Span Length: 66.3 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown Although much of the Chicago L could be thought of as one large bridge, this span stands out as different, independent, and noteworthy.Click to visit page.
Congress Parkway Bridge
Wagner Memorial Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Congress Parkway Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) Total Length: 335 ft
Main Span Length: 221.5 ft
Roadway Width: 83.7 ft
Main Spans: 1
1956 By: Overland Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois One of the most unusually designed of the Chicago bridges, because it uses the Warren truss configuration rather than the Pratt.Click to visit page.
Conrail Little Calumet River Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Conrail) Over Little Calumet River Calumet City: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 1 1958 By: Unknown One of a number of railroad truss bridges on the Little Calumet River.Click to visit page.
Cortland Street Bridge
West Clybourn Place Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Cortland Street Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 217 ft
Main Span Length: 128 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1901 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and City of Chicago Easily the most significant Chicago bridge, this ornate bridge was the first trunnion bascule bridge ever built!Click to visit page.
Crawford Avenue Bridge
Pulaski Road Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Crawford Avenue (Pulaski Road) Over Calumet Sag Channel Robbins: Cook County, Illinois Metal 9 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 335 ft
Main Span Length: 207 ft
Roadway Width: 40 ft
Main Spans: 1
1932 By: McClintic-Marshall Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania This bridge is significant since it is one of the oldest truss bridges on this waterway.Click to visit page.
Damen Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago Belt) Over Damen Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Deck Girder, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 1 1940 By: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and Arthur Engh This bridge stands out in Chicago as a beautifully designed railroad overpass.Click to visit page.
Dearborn Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Dearborn Street Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Railing Height Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 341 ft
Main Span Length: 235 ft
Roadway Width: 56 ft
Main Spans: 1
1963 By: Overland Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago Built in 1963, this bridge is among the newest Chicago bridges, but appears to have been built to match other older bridges in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Deering Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Union Pacific North) Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Heel Trunnion) Total Length: 186 ft
Main Span Length: 145 ft
Main Spans: 1
1916 By: Kelly-Atkinson Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and Strauss Bascule Bridge Company (Strauss Engineering Company) of Chicago, Illinois This is an impressive and extremely massive railroad truss bridge.Click to visit page.
Des Plaines River Soo Line Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Canadian National) Over Des Plaines River Maywood: Cook County, Illinois Metal 5 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 140 ft
Main Span Length: 140 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown For a double-track railroad bridge, this bridge has somewhat lightweight trusses.Click to visit page.
Diversey Harbor Inlet Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Over Diversey Harbor Inlet Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rigid-Frame, Fixed Total Length: 68.6 ft
Main Span Length: 68.6 ft
Roadway Width: 92 ft
Main Spans: 1
1940 By: Unknown Although altered on one side, this bridge remains a rare example of a steel rigid-frame and also has an early welded detail.Click to visit page.
Division Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Division Street Over Calumet Sag Channel Blue Island: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 371 ft
Main Span Length: 289.7 ft
Roadway Width: 30 ft
Main Spans: 1
1964 By: Unknown One of two completely unaltered, deteriorated, and closed truss bridges in Blue Island.Click to visit page.
! Division Street North Branch Bridge
Charles Levy Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Division Street Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 242 ft
Main Span Length: 149 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1903 By: Roemheld and Gallery Division Avenue has two rare first generation Chicago bascule bridges within sight of each other, and this is the westernmost one.Click to visit page.
! Division Street North Branch Canal Bridge
Division Street Eastern Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Division Street Over North Branch Chicago River Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 260 ft
Main Span Length: 173 ft
Roadway Width: 39 ft
Main Spans: 1
1904 By: Roemheld and Gallery This bridge is noted for its unusual decorative plate bracing that is unlike other similarly designed bridges.Click to visit page.
Douglas Park Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Park Stream Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown This attractive structure has served as a decorative park of a pedestrian walkway for many years.Click to visit page.
Dundee Road Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Dundee Road (IL-68) Over Des Plaines River Wheeling: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Total Length: 172 ft
Main Span Length: 72 ft
Roadway Width: 52 ft
Main Spans: 2
By: Unknown This is a bridge has a history of alteration and a number of mysteries remain to be solved.Click to visit page.
Eight Track Bridge
Western Avenue Railroad Bridges 'Scissors Bridges'
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Various) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Rolling Lift) and Approach Spans: Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed Total Length: 140 ft
Main Span Length: 140 ft
Main Spans: 1
1909 By: Chicago Bridge and Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois and Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois These four side-by-side single leaf bascule bridges are among the most unusual bridges in Cook County.Click to visit page.
Evanston-Wilmette Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago Transit Authority "L" Purple Line) Over North Shore Channel Evanston: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 320 ft
Main Span Length: 180 ft
Main Spans: 1
1909 By: Unknown and C. R. Dart A tradtional, fixed truss bridge perhaps stands out in Cook County for those reasons.Click to visit page.
Ewing Avenue Bridge
92nd Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Ewing Avenue (US-41) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 338 ft
Main Span Length: 228 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1914 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This is one of the oldest highway bridges on the Calumet River.Click to visit page.
Ford City Drive Bridge
Keller Drive Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Ford City Drive (Keller Drive) Over Pulaski Road Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Rigid-Frame, Fixed Total Length: 90 ft
Main Span Length: 83 ft
Roadway Width: 48 ft
Main Spans: 1
1944 By: Unknown This rigid-frame bridge has good historic integrity and is noteworthy for its association with World War II bomber production efforts.Click to visit page.
Francisco Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Francisco Avenue Over Calumet Sag Channel Blue Island: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 364 ft
Main Span Length: 252 ft
Roadway Width: 28 ft
Main Spans: 1
1969 By: Unknown and Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois A typical example of a 1960s Sag Channel truss bridge which represents the end of the rivet era in bridge construction.Click to visit page.
Franklin Street Bridge
Franklin-Orleans Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Franklin Street (Orleans Street) Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 320 ft
Main Span Length: 252 ft
Roadway Width: 38 ft
Main Spans: 1
1920 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago Featuring ornate railings, this bridge is among the older examples of this style of bascule bridge.Click to visit page.
! Fullerton Avenue Railroad Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Union Pacific North) Over Fullerton Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Continuous Through Girder, Fixed Total Length: 96 ft
Main Span Length: 60 ft
Main Spans: 3
By: Unknown This is a representative example of several similar railroad overpass bridges in this area on this line slated for demolition and replacement.Click to visit page.
X Fullerton Parkway Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Fullerton Parkway Over Lincoln Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 99 ft
Main Span Length: 49 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 2
1940 By: Unknown This unusual bridge has attractive Art Deco detailing and is an asset to the Lincoln Park Historic District.Click to visit page.
Fullerton Parkway Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Over Fullerton Parkway Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rigid-Frame, Fixed Total Length: 72.8 ft
Main Span Length: 66 ft
Roadway Width: 100 ft
Main Spans: 1
1940 By: Bethlehem Steel Company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania This bridge is an early, rare example of a steel rigid-frame and also has an early welded detail, and has good historic integrity.Click to visit page.
Garfield Park Footbridge
Historic Significance Rating. Pedestrian Walkway Over Garfield Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Truss Stiffening Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown This bridge appears to be fairly old, yet appears to have a similar design as an even older suspension bridge.Click to visit page.
Grand Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Grand Avenue Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 270 ft
Main Span Length: 188 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1913 By: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois One of the older Chicago bridges, this is an older version of the pony truss bascule bridge design seen in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Halsted Street Little Calumet River Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Halsted Street (IL-1) Over Little Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Pre-Stressed Concrete Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 420.3 ft
Main Span Length: 230 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1931 By: Unknown This bridge is among the older truss bridges on this waterway and has attractive lattice and v-lacing on its built-up beams.Click to visit page.
Halsted Street North Branch Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Halsted Street Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 267 ft
Main Span Length: 154 ft
Roadway Width: 46 ft
Main Spans: 1
1955 By: Overland Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago One of the younger examples of a deck truss bascule bridge in Chicago.Click to visit page.
X Halsted Street North Branch Canal Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Halsted Street Over North Branch Chicago River Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 302 ft
Main Span Length: 206 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1909 By: Jules E. Roemheld Company and City of Chicago Among the most important historic bridges in Chicago is this large example of the earliest bascule bridge design seen in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Halsted Street South Branch Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Halsted Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 316 ft
Main Span Length: 224 ft
Roadway Width: 90 ft
Main Spans: 1
1934 By: Mount Vernon Bridge Company of Mount Vernon, Ohio and City of Chicago This bridge is three trusses wide and still lifts for boats in the spring and fall seasons.Click to visit page.
Harlem Avenue Bridges
Historic Significance Rating. Harlem Avenue Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Lyons: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 456.4 ft
Main Span Length: 224 ft
Roadway Width: 56 ft
Main Spans: 1
1931 By: Unknown One of these near-twin bridges is the oldest example of its unusual kind among the Chicago bascule collection.Click to visit page.
Harlem Avenue Calumet Sag Channel Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Harlem Avenue (IL-43) Over Calumet Sag Channel Worth: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 427 ft
Main Span Length: 298 ft
Roadway Width: 51.8 ft
Main Spans: 1
1964 By: Unknown and Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois One of several similar 1960s truss bridges on the Cal Sag Channel.Click to visit page.
Harlem Avenue Railroad Bridge
Santa Fe Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Santa Fe) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Forest View: Cook County, Illinois Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) Total Length: 372.5 ft
Main Span Length: 372.5 ft
Main Spans: 1
1899 By: Keystone Bridge Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania One of several remaining historically significant center-pivot swing bridges in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Harrison Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Harrison Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Railing Height Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 279 ft
Main Span Length: 210 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1960 By: Overland Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This is one of the later examples of the pony/deck truss combination bridges.Click to visit page.
Harrison Street Pedestrian Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Grant Park Walkway Over Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 3 By: Unknown One of two attractive overpass walkways in Grant Park.Click to visit page.
Hawthorne Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Sheridan Road Over Ravine Number 3 Glencoe: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 61 ft
Main Span Length: 55 ft
Roadway Width: 30 ft
Main Spans: 1
1923 By: Unknown The smallest of three bridges on this section of Sheridan Road that are noted for a decorative stone arch facing.Click to visit page.
Higgins Road Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Canadian Pacific) Over Higgins Road (IL-72) Rosemont and Des Plaines: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Fixed Total Length: 100 ft
Main Span Length: 64 ft
Main Spans: 3
1934 By: Unknown This is a traditionally composed plate girder overpass on altered piers.Click to visit page.
Illinois Central Little Calumet River Railroad Bridges
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Illinois Central) Over Little Calumet River Riverdale: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) Total Length: 590 ft
Main Span Length: 310 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown Hidden inside the approach spans of this group of parallel truss bridges are bascule spans from an older era of this waterway.Click to visit page.
Illinois Central Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge
Kedzie Avenue BNSF Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Burlington Northern and Santa Fe) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) Total Length: 327.7 ft
Main Span Length: 327.7 ft
Main Spans: 1
1899 By: Unknown One of only a few remaining swing bridges in Cook County.Click to visit page.
Independence Boulevard Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Baltimore and Ohio) Over Independence Boulevard Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 9 1912 By: Unknown This beautiful railroad overpass crosses one of the historic boulevards of Chicago.Click to visit page.
Indian Hill Station Bridge
Winnetka Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Union Pacific North Line and Green Bay Trail) Over Winnetka Avenue Winnetka: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rigid-Frame, Fixed Total Length: 73.2 ft
Main Span Length: 70 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This unique and beautiful overpass has Indian head sculptures on its abutments.Click to visit page.
Indiana Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Indiana Avenue Over Little Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Non-Historic, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 334 ft
Main Span Length: 264 ft
Roadway Width: 48 ft
Main Spans: 1
1977 By: Unknown This is one of a couple modern truss bridges on the Little Calumet River.Click to visit page.
X Indiana Harbor Belt Grand Calumet Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad) Over Grand Calumet River Burnham: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown A extremely rare and unusual example of a pony truss railroad swing bridge.Click to visit page.
Indiana Harbor Belt Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Summit: Cook County, Illinois Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Camelback Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 340 ft
Main Span Length: 175.5 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This bridge sticks out as unlike the other truss bridges in this area.Click to visit page.
Jackson Boulevard Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Jackson Boulevard (Historic US-66) Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Strauss Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 273 ft
Main Span Length: 202 ft
Roadway Width: 37 ft
Main Spans: 1
1915 By: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and Strauss Bascule Bridge Company (Strauss Engineering Company) of Chicago, Illinois A very old deck truss style bascule bridges in Chicago and associated directly with prominent engineer Joseph Strauss.Click to visit page.
Jackson Park East Lagoon Bridge
Music Court Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Path Over Jackson Park East Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete (Stone Faced) Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Main Spans: 3 1906 By: Unknown This three span arch bridge has a rustic stone facing.Click to visit page.
Kedzie Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Kedzie Avenue Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Fixed Total Length: 350 ft
Main Span Length: 148.6 ft
Roadway Width: 48 ft
Main Spans: 4
1970 By: Unknown Although the structure type is simple, this bridge is somewhat unusual on this section of canal.Click to visit page.
Kedzie Avenue Cal Sag Channel Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Kedzie Avenue Over Calumet Sag Channel Robbins: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 348 ft
Main Span Length: 254 ft
Roadway Width: 53.2 ft
Main Spans: 1
1964 By: Unknown and Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois With a wide deck, this is one of a number of late examples of metal truss construction on the Sag Channel.Click to visit page.
Kedzie Avenue CN Railroad Bridge
Chicago, Madison and Northern Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Canadian National) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) Total Length: 479.4 ft
Main Span Length: 479.4 ft
Main Spans: 1
1899 By: Toledo Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio The longest swing span in Cook County, this center-pivot swing bridge has an attractive peak at the center of its span, unlike two nearby swing bridges.Click to visit page.
X Kedzie Avenue Marquette Park North Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Kedzie Avenue Over Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete T-Beam, Fixed Total Length: 54 ft
Main Span Length: 44 ft
Roadway Width: 66 ft
Main Spans: 1
1933 By: E. J. Albrecht Company of Chicago, Illinois and H. C. Taylor One of two beautiful concrete t-beam bridges that greatly contribute to the beauty of Marquette Park.Click to visit page.
X Kedzie Avenue Marquette Park South Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Kedzie Avenue Over Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete T-Beam, Fixed Total Length: 54 ft
Main Span Length: 44 ft
Roadway Width: 66 ft
Main Spans: 1
1933 By: E. J. Albrecht Company of Chicago, Illinois and H. C. Taylor One of two beautiful concrete t-beam bridges that greatly contribute to the beauty of Marquette Park.Click to visit page.
Kingery Highway Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Kingery Highway (IL-83) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Sag Bridge: Cook County, Illinois Metal 11 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 1130.3 ft
Main Span Length: 251 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1934 By: Unknown This is an impressive Parker truss fixed span built in the 1930s.Click to visit page.
Kinzie Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Kinzie Street Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 195 ft
Main Span Length: 136.2 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1909 By: John J. Gallery and City of Chicago This unusual bascule bridge had three quarters of its superstructure replaced with new members.Click to visit page.
! Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge
Chicago and Northwestern Railway Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Abandoned Union Pacific) Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Strauss Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Girder, Fixed Total Length: 195.8 ft
Main Span Length: 170 ft
Main Spans: 1
1907 By: Toledo-Massillon Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio and Strauss Bascule Bridge Company (Strauss Engineering Company) of Chicago, Illinois A record-setting bridge when built, this bridge was a pioneer in new bascule bridge designs and technology.Click to visit page.
! La Salle Drive Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Over La Salle Drive (IL-64) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Rigid-Frame, Fixed Total Length: 83 ft
Main Span Length: 83 ft
Roadway Width: 100 ft
Main Spans: 1
1940 By: Unknown This attractive bridge was an early limited access highway structure, and being in a park setting, aesthetics were a concern.Click to visit page.
La Salle Street Bridge
Marshall Suloway Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. La Salle Street Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 347 ft
Main Span Length: 242 ft
Roadway Width: 56 ft
Main Spans: 1
1928 By: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago Similar to the Clark Street Bridge, this exceptionally elaborate and beautiful bridge serves a significant downtown Chicago street.Click to visit page.
La Salle Street Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. La Salle Street Over Carroll Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed By: Unknown This structure is noteworthy as a remnant of a former tunnel in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Lake Shore Drive Bridge
Outer Drive Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 356 ft
Main Span Length: 264 ft
Roadway Width: 80.7 ft
Main Spans: 1
1937 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This enormous record-breaking bascule bridge carries traffic on a double-deck!Click to visit page.
Lake Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Street and Railroad (Chicago El) Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 333 ft
Main Span Length: 245 ft
Roadway Width: 38 ft
Main Spans: 1
1916 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago A virtual tour of the bridge house and machinery room is available for this double-deck bascule bridge that carries CTA L trains on an upper deck.Click to visit page.
Lake Street Des Plaines River Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Street (Old US-20) Over Des Plaines River Maywood: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Total Length: 225 ft
Main Span Length: 55 ft
Roadway Width: 48 ft
Main Spans: 3
1931 By: Unknown Although missing original railings, this is a rare example of a concrete arch bridge in Cook County.Click to visit page.
Laramie Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Soo Line, Metra Milwaukee District West, and Metra North Central Service) Over Laramie Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 1 1953 By: Unknown This grade separation is noted for its unusually attractive aesthetic detailing.Click to visit page.
X Laramie Viaduct
Historic Significance Rating. Laramie Avenue Over Railroad (CSX) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 841 ft
Main Span Length: 55 ft
Roadway Width: 44.3 ft
Main Spans: 20
1939 By: Morris Handler Company This was a large, unaltered and significant example of a bridge project funded by federal Depression-era relief programs.Click to visit page.
! Lawrence Avenue Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Over Lawrence Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete T-Beam, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Total Length: 96 ft
Main Span Length: 55.8 ft
Roadway Width: 124 ft
Main Spans: 1
1933 By: Unknown This bridge is one of two similar bridges on this section of Lake Shore Drive, and both appear to have been altered.Click to visit page.
! Lehman Bridge
5th Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. 5th Avenue Over Silver Creek Maywood: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Slab, Fixed Total Length: 32.2 ft
Main Span Length: 29 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1929 By: Jaicks Brothers of River Forest, Illinois and H. C. Taylor This was a small concrete slab that for its size was richly decorated in railings and plaques.Click to visit page.
Lemont Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Burlington Northern and Santa Fe) Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Lemont: Cook County, Illinois Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Bobtail) Total Length: 375 ft
Main Span Length: 375 ft
Main Spans: 1
1898 By: Keystone Bridge Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania A beautiful 1898 railroad rim-bearing turntable swing bridge is one of a few of swing bridges remaining on the canal.Click to visit page.
! Lincoln Park Passerelle
Lincoln Park Pedestrian Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Pedestrian Walkway Over Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Two-Hinged Solid Ribbed Through Arch, Fixed Total Length: 268 ft
Main Span Length: 187 ft
Roadway Width: 13 ft
Main Spans: 1
1940 By: Unknown and Ralph Burke This important WPA built bridge is not only attractive, it is an unusual design of bridge.Click to visit page.
Linden Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Linden Avenue Over North Shore Channel Wilmette: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Fixed Total Length: 144 ft
Main Span Length: 71 ft
Roadway Width: 24 ft
Main Spans: 3
1908 By: Unknown and Sanitary District of Chicago One of two similar nearby bridges, this structure has absolutly stunning railings.Click to visit page.
Lion Bridge
Old Sutton Road Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Sutton Road (IL-59) Abandoned Alignment Over Poplar Creek Hoffman Estates: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Total Length: 46 ft
Main Spans: 1
1906 By: Unknown An early surviving example of a concrete arch bridge and it has lion sculptures cast into the walls.Click to visit page.
Loomis Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Loomis Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Non-Historic, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) Total Length: 457 ft
Main Span Length: 213 ft
Roadway Width: 48 ft
Main Spans: 1
1974 By: Unknown This non-historic bridge is listed only for comparitive purposes and for continuity of those using this website for a river tour.Click to visit page.
Madison Street Bridge
Lyric Opera Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Madison Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Railing Height Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 283.2 ft
Main Span Length: 221 ft
Roadway Width: 38 ft
Main Spans: 1
1922 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago The first bascule bridge in Chicago to raise the deck trusses above the deck slightly to act as guardrails.Click to visit page.
Maple Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Maple Avenue Over North Shore Channel Wilmette: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Fixed Total Length: 144 ft
Main Span Length: 71 ft
Roadway Width: 24 ft
Main Spans: 3
1909 By: Unknown and Sanitary District of Chicago One of two nearby through plate girders with beautiful railings.Click to visit page.
Marquette Park Eastern Golf Course Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Through Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of four attractive concrete girder bridges in Marquette Park that carries a park path.Click to visit page.
Marquette Park North Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Through Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of four attractive concrete girder bridges in Marquette Park that carries a park path.Click to visit page.
Marquette Park Northeastern Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of two unusual Marquette Park bridges with stone abutments and a wooden span.Click to visit page.
Marquette Park South Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Through Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of four attractive concrete girder bridges in Marquette Park that carries a park path.Click to visit page.
Marquette Park Southeastern Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of two unusual Marquette Park bridges with stone abutments and a wooden span.Click to visit page.
Marquette Park Western Golf Course Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Through Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of four attractive concrete girder bridges in Marquette Park that carries a park path.Click to visit page.
Metropolitan Elevated Railroad Bridge
Paulina Connector Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Abandoned Metropolitan Elevated Railroad) Over Railroad (Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Pin-Connected Camelback Through Truss, Fixed Main Span Length: 256 ft
Main Spans: 1
1895 By: Unknown A very important remnant of a former elevated railroad line.Click to visit page.
Michigan Avenue Bridge
DuSable Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Michigan Avenue Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 400 ft
Main Span Length: 256 ft
Roadway Width: 64 ft
Main Spans: 1
1920 By: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago The most famous Chicago bascule bridge, the bridgetender houses are very ornate on this double-deck bridge.Click to visit page.
Middle Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Hayes Drive Over Jackson Park South Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete (Stone Faced) Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Total Length: 180 ft
Main Span Length: 70 ft
Roadway Width: 50 ft
Main Spans: 1
1902 By: Unknown If the 1902 construction date is correct, this stone faced concrete arch bridge is an exceedingly old example of its type.Click to visit page.
Monroe Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Monroe Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 271 ft
Main Span Length: 193 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1919 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This bridge shows the transition between the early pony truss design and the later design.Click to visit page.
Newhall Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Sheridan Road Over Ravine Number 2 Glencoe: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 128.6 ft
Main Span Length: 44 ft
Roadway Width: 30 ft
Main Spans: 3
1923 By: Unknown One of three bridges on this section of Sheridan Road that are noted for a decorative stone arch facing.Click to visit page.
X North Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. North Avenue Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 273 ft
Main Span Length: 173 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1907 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and City of Chicago One of the oldest bridges in Chicago, historic significance and beauty were not enough to save this bridge from the dumpster.Click to visit page.
Northbrook Railroad Bridge
Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Bridge Number 864
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Union Pacific) Over Railroad (Metra Milwaukee District North and Canadian Pacific) Northbrook: Cook County, Illinois Metal 11 Panel Rivet-Connected Lattice (Quadruple Warren) Through Truss, Fixed Total Length: 141.7 ft
Main Span Length: 141.7 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown A beautiful lattice truss is an important part of the vast Cook County historic bridge collection .Click to visit page.
Oakwood Boulevard Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Oakwood Boulevard Over Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Continuous Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 261.2 ft
Main Span Length: 69 ft
Roadway Width: 50 ft
Main Spans: 4
1921 By: Unknown This bridge is the last of what was once a series of similar bridges in the area.Click to visit page.
Ogden Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Baltimore and Ohio) Over Ogden Avenue (US-34) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 170 ft
Main Span Length: 36 ft
Main Spans: 6
By: Unknown This was designed as a beautiful and unique railroad overpass but was defaced and ruined by painting advertisements on it.Click to visit page.
Ohio Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Ohio Street (I-90 / I-94 Ramp) Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 367 ft
Main Span Length: 219.2 ft
Roadway Width: 76 ft
Main Spans: 1
1961 By: Unknown and City of Chicago An attractive and impressive deck truss bascule span carries an expressway ramp.Click to visit page.
Orchard Place Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Orchard Place Over Willow Creek Des Plaines: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Total Length: 58.4 ft
Main Span Length: 49.2 ft
Roadway Width: 16 ft
Main Spans: 1
1915 By: Unknown This is a small, old concrete arch bridge designed with simplicity in mind.Click to visit page.
Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Penn Central) and Major Taylor Trail Over Little Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 337 ft
Main Span Length: 272 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This railroad bridge had a rather unattractive pedestrian walkway added to it.Click to visit page.
Randolph Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Randolph Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Non-Historic, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 336.3 ft
Main Span Length: 213 ft
Roadway Width: 48 ft
Main Spans: 1
1984 By: Unknown and City of Chicago This non-historic bridge is listed only for comparitive purposes and for continuity of those using this website for a river tour.Click to visit page.
Ridgeland Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Ridgeland Avenue Over Calumet Sag Channel Worth: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 433 ft
Main Span Length: 302 ft
Roadway Width: 43 ft
Main Spans: 1
1970 By: Unknown and Alfred Benesch and Associates of Chicago, Illinois One of several truss bridges on the Cal Sag Channel that document the very final years of the riveted truss era.Click to visit page.
Roosevelt Road Bridge
12th Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Roosevelt Road Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 257.6 ft
Main Span Length: 204 ft
Roadway Width: 71.9 ft
Main Spans: 1
1928 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago This deck truss is similar to Ohio Street Bridge and is noted for its unique and very beautiful bridgetender buildings.Click to visit page.
Rust Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Old Willow Springs Road Over Des Plaines River Willow Springs: Cook County, Illinois Concrete T-Beam, Fixed Total Length: 300 ft
Main Span Length: 60 ft
Roadway Width: 27 ft
Main Spans: 5
1924 By: Hedges Construction Company and H. C. Taylor This bypassed bridge is a fairly long example of a 1920s concrete t-beam bridge.Click to visit page.
Sacramento Boulevard Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Baltimore and Ohio) Over Sacramento Boulevard Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Main Spans: 3 1912 By: Unknown This overpass with unique aesthetic details crosses one of the historic boulevards of Chicago.Click to visit page.
Sheridan Road Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Sheridan Road Over North Shore Channel Wilmette: Cook County, Illinois Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Total Length: 210 ft
Main Span Length: 77 ft
Roadway Width: 46 ft
Main Spans: 5
1910 By: Unknown This unique bridge is an integral part of the Wilmette Pumping Station.Click to visit page.
Sherman Park Northeast Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Sherman Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of two traditional concrete arch bridges in Sherman Park.Click to visit page.
Sherman Park Northwest Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Sherman Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of two traditional concrete arch bridges in Sherman Park.Click to visit page.
Sherman Park Southeast Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Sherman Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete (Stone Faced) Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of two rustic stone faced concrete arch bridges in Sherman Park.Click to visit page.
Sherman Park Southwest Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Park Walkway Over Sherman Park Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete (Stone Faced) Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown One of two rustic stone faced concrete arch bridges in Sherman Park.Click to visit page.
South Bridge (Stone Facing)
Animal Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. US-41 (Coast Guard Drive) Over Jackson Park South Lagoon Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete (Stone Faced) Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Total Length: 49.2 ft
Main Span Length: 47.2 ft
Roadway Width: 67.3 ft
Main Spans: 1
1904 By: Thomas E. Hill and Peter J. Weber The decorative stone and sculptures from an extremely rare Kahn reinforced concrete arch bridge were salvaged and placed on a replacement bridge.Click to visit page.
Southwest Highway Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Southwest Highway (IL-7) Over Calumet Sag Channel Palos Hills: Cook County, Illinois Metal 9 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Continuous Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 346.5 ft
Main Span Length: 216 ft
Roadway Width: 43.6 ft
Main Spans: 1
1931 By: Unknown Compared to other truss bridges in Cook County, this bridge has a relatively simple appearance for a bridge of its age.Click to visit page.
Southwest Highway Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Norfolk Southern and Metra SouthWest Service) Over Little Calumet River Palos Hills: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Total Length: 532.5 ft
Main Span Length: 280 ft
Main Spans: 1
By: Unknown This mid-20th Century truss bridge appears to be newer than the highway truss bridge it is next to.Click to visit page.
! St. Charles Air Line Bridge
18th Street Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Canadian National) Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Heel Trunnion) Total Length: 220 ft
Main Span Length: 220 ft
Main Spans: 1
1919 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Strauss Bascule Bridge Company (Strauss Engineering Company) of Chicago, Illinois This bridge was the longest bascule bridge in the world when built, was moved once, and shortened during the move.Click to visit page.
St. Charles Air Line Railroad Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Canadian National) Over Dirt Trail Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 2 1931 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York This two span plate girder bridge has girders positioned to provide a slight curve for the tracks it carries.Click to visit page.
State Street Bridge
Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. State Street Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Railing Height Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 307 ft
Main Span Length: 245 ft
Roadway Width: 72 ft
Main Spans: 1
1949 By: Overland Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago A wide truss bascule bridge in downtown Chicago, built in the 1940s.Click to visit page.
Steel Bridge
I-94 Little Calumet River Bridges
Historic Significance Rating. I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) Over Little Calumet River Calumet City: Cook County, Illinois Metal Non-Historic, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 795 ft
Main Span Length: 420 ft
Roadway Width: 52.5 ft
Main Spans: 1
1993 By: Unknown This pair of one-way bridges appear to be of modern construction.Click to visit page.
Stockton Drive Armitage Avenue Underpass
Historic Significance Rating. Stockton Drive Over Pedestrian Walkway Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete (Stone Faced) Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 1 1926 By: Unknown One of three stone faced concrete bridges on Stockton Drive in Lincoln Park.Click to visit page.
Stockton Drive Deming Place Underpass
Historic Significance Rating. Stockton Drive Over Pedestrian Walkway Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete (Stone Faced) Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 1 1926 By: Unknown One of three stone faced concrete bridge on Stockton Drive in Lincoln Park.Click to visit page.
Stone Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Sheridan Road Over Ravine Number 1 Glencoe: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 191 ft
Main Span Length: 61 ft
Roadway Width: 30 ft
Main Spans: 3
1923 By: Unknown Standing out for its curved roadway, this is the most impressive of three similar bridges on this stretch of Sheridan Road.Click to visit page.
Sylvan Road Bridge
Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Sylvan Road Over Ravine Glencoe: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Slab, Fixed Total Length: 46 ft
Main Span Length: 17 ft
Roadway Width: 15 ft
Main Spans: 3
1984 By: Unknown and Frank Lloyd Wright This modern bridge is worth noting because it replicates a bridge designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1915.Click to visit page.
Techny Road Bridge
Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Bridge Number 866
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Union Pacific) Over Techny Road Northbrook: Cook County, Illinois Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed Total Length: 64 ft
Main Span Length: 41 ft
Main Spans: 1
1911 By: Unknown This is an old concrete arch railroad overpass.Click to visit page.
Torrence Avenue Calumet River Bridge
Henry Ford II Memorial Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Torrence Avenue Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 16 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Tower Drive) and Approach Spans: Metal Girder, Fixed Total Length: 497 ft
Main Span Length: 276 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1938 By: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Chicago, Illinois This impressive bridge is one of only a couple non-bascule movable bridges that the city constructed in the 20th Century.Click to visit page.
! Torrence Avenue Grand Calumet River Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Torrence Avenue Over Grand Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Pre-Stressed Concrete Adjacent Box Beam, Fixed Total Length: 522 ft
Main Span Length: 306 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1938 By: Unknown and H. C. Taylor This is an amazing and beautiful Pennsylvania through truss that is both massive and complex!Click to visit page.
Torrence Avenue Railroad Bridge
Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Abandoned Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad) Over Calumet River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Tower Drive) Main Spans: 1 1968 By: American Bridge Company of New York, New York This abandoned railroad lift bridge sits next to an older highway lift bridge.Click to visit page.
Van Buren Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Van Buren Street Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Railing Height Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 267 ft
Main Span Length: 210.3 ft
Roadway Width: 44 ft
Main Spans: 1
1956 By: Overland Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago One of a number of remaining similarly-designed bascule bridges in Chicago.Click to visit page.
Van Buren Street Pedestrian Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Grant Park Walkway Over Railroad (Metra Electric District, NICTD South Shore Line, Former Illinois Central) Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Deck Girder, Fixed Main Spans: 3 By: Unknown This attractive bridge allows pedestrians to cross over the railroad line that runs through and under the park.Click to visit page.
Wabash Avenue Bridge
Irv Kupcinet Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Wabash Avenue Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Railing Height Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 345.2 ft
Main Span Length: 269 ft
Roadway Width: 57 ft
Main Spans: 1
1930 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago An excellent early example of one of Chicago's unusual deck truss bascule bridges.Click to visit page.
Washington Boulevard Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Washington Boulevard Over South Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 303.5 ft
Main Span Length: 197 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1913 By: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago An impressive example of the early pony truss bascule design.Click to visit page.
Webster Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Webster Avenue Over North Branch Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 287 ft
Main Span Length: 189 ft
Roadway Width: 36 ft
Main Spans: 1
1916 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago Among the northernmost of the Chicago bascule bridges, this one is also an older example.Click to visit page.
Wells Street Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Wells Street and Railroad (Chicago L) Over Chicago River Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 345.2 ft
Main Span Length: 268 ft
Roadway Width: 38 ft
Main Spans: 1
1922 By: Ketler-Elliott Company of Chicago, Illinois and City of Chicago One of the most impressive bridges in Chicago is this massive double-deck truss bascule bridge.Click to visit page.
Western Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Western Avenue Over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Through Girder, Movable: Vertical Lift (Tower Drive) and Approach Spans: Metal Through Girder, Fixed Total Length: 295 ft
Main Span Length: 109 ft
Roadway Width: 107.3 ft
Main Spans: 1
1940 By: Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois Looking like a fixed plate girder today, this was once a mighty vertical lift bridge, before the towers were removed.Click to visit page.
Western Avenue Calumet Sag Channel Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Western Avenue Over Calumet Sag Channel Blue Island: Cook County, Illinois Metal 10 Panel Bolt-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Pre-Stressed Concrete Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 1123 ft
Main Span Length: 245.7 ft
Roadway Width: 53.2 ft
Main Spans: 1
1966 By: Unknown and Sverdrup and Parcel of St. Louis, Missouri This is a very wide example of a truss bridge with two truss lines.Click to visit page.
Western Avenue Calumet Sag Channel Railroad Bridges
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Metra Rock Island District) Over Calumet Sag Channel Blue Island: Cook County, Illinois Metal 12 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown A pair of similar bridges, one a single track bridge and the other a double track bridge.Click to visit page.
Western Avenue Railroad Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) Over Western Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed Total Length: 233.3 ft
Main Spans: 4
By: Unknown A beautiful example of art deco design in a railroad overpass.Click to visit page.
Willow Road Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Willow Road Over Middle Fork of North Branch Chicago River Northfield: Cook County, Illinois Concrete T-Beam, Fixed Total Length: 47 ft
Main Span Length: 44 ft
Roadway Width: 48 ft
Main Spans: 1
1941 By: Superior Concrete Construction Company This bridge is a beautiful example of a bridge with Streamline Moderne design.Click to visit page.
Wilson Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Wilson Avenue Over North Shore Channel Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Continuous Deck Girder, Fixed Total Length: 210 ft
Main Span Length: 99.4 ft
Roadway Width: 25.3 ft
Main Spans: 3
1913 By: Nash-Dowdle Company of Chicago, Illinois A well-preserved deck plate girder with a center suspended span designed to allow for it to be lifted out for boats in rare circumstances.Click to visit page.
! Wilson Avenue Overpass
Historic Significance Rating. Lake Shore Drive (US-41) Over Wilson Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Concrete T-Beam, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Total Length: 96 ft
Main Span Length: 55.8 ft
Roadway Width: 106 ft
Main Spans: 1
1933 By: Unknown This bridge is one of two similar bridges on this section of Lake Shore Drive, and both appear to have been altered.Click to visit page.
Winnetka Road Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Winnetka Road Over Skokie River Northfield: Cook County, Illinois Concrete (Stone Faced) T-Beam, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Total Length: 73.2 ft
Main Span Length: 20 ft
Roadway Width: 26 ft
Main Spans: 1
1935 By: Unknown This bridge is a concrete structure with a decorative stone arch facade on the sides.Click to visit page.
Wrightwood Avenue Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Soo Line, Metra Milwaukee District North) Over Wrightwood Avenue Chicago: Cook County, Illinois Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Slab, Fixed Main Spans: 1 1939 By: Northern Bridge Company and Arthur Engh This grade separation is noted for its attractive aesthetic detailing and association with the Public Works AdministrationClick to visit page.
Yellow Line Bridge
Skokie Swift Bridge
Historic Significance Rating. Railroad (Chicago Transit Authority "L" Skokie Swift Yellow Line) Over North Shore Channel and McCormick Boulevard Skokie and Evanston: Cook County, Illinois Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Double-Intersection Warren Deck Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Full-Slope Pony Truss, Fixed Main Spans: 1 By: Unknown This bridge contains a variety of spans but its double-warren deck truss is locally rare.Click to visit page.

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