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Understand how the unique Chicago-style bascule bridges work. View the underpinnings of the bridges, as the tour follows the bridge lifts of three of the Chicago River’s most famous bridges, including Michigan Avenue’s DuSable Bridge, Columbus Drive’s single bridgehouse and massive span, and Lake Shore Drive’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge. Explore how the Chicago River made Chicago the liveliest and busiest port of 19th-century America.

1.5 Hours
$30 Public
$10 Basic Members
Free for Deco Members and above
Northeast corner of Wacker and Columbus, at the top of the Riverwalk staircase.
Premier tour*


  • Many tours sell out. To guarantee your space advance reservations are strongly recommended.
  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
  • This tour is scheduled based on the City of Chicago’s announced bridge lift schedule. If the bridges do not go up as scheduled, the tour will go on as planned.
  • This tour is not ADA accessible. Stairs are required.

*Premier tours are free for Deco members and above. Learn about our membership levels.

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