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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
FREE for CAC Members
Northeast corner of N. Columbus Dr. and East Wacker Dr., 400 E. Wacker Dr.


  • Advance reservations required.
  • 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.

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