Learn the city's history with a view from Michigan Bridge
You will be overwhelmed by the grandeur of this bridge.
A symbol of the city.
Everything comes together here: the buildings on the horizon, the asphalt on the streets, the water in the river, the cars and tourists boats crossing it. It is one of the icons of the city and one of the places most photographed by tourists. This drawbridge, which was built between 1918 and 1920 and renovated in 1928, was designed by Edward Bennett. On its four limestone towers are representations of the four parts of the city’s history: The Discoverers shows explorers, the Pioneers shows the first traders, Defence refers to a call for help in the Battle of Fort Dearborn in 1812 and finally, Regeneration depicts workers rebuilding the city following the Great Fire. Out of interest, it was built as two bridges and, if necessary one part can be raised while the traffic continues to cross on the other side.