Museum of Science and Industry

Member Day Trip: Chicago Bridge Tour

May 22, 2010 |

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Event Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • May 22, 2010
  • Time:
  • 1:00 PM
  • Tickets:
  • This event requires a ticket for entry.
  • Cost:
  • Members: $37
    Non-member guests (limit two): $47
    Includes motor coach transportation
  • Register Online

Depart the Museum at 1 p.m.
Return to Museum at approx. 5 p.m.

Chicago's moveable bridges are a specific engineering solution to a particular problem, but they've come to symbolize the city. This four-hour bus and walking tour will look at several types of street and railroad bridges, and how they have evolved over the last century in function and design. We'll begin where Lake Shore Drive crosses the mouth of the Chicago River, and head downstream for a closer look at modern bridges like Columbus Drive, iconic bridges like Michigan Avenue, double-deck bridges like Wells Street, and functional bridges near Kinzie Street. On the Near South Side we'll get the chance to compare a vertical lift bridge, Chicago's last Scherzer rolling lift bridge, and a typical trunnion bascule drawbridge. Dennis McClendon, a noted local scholar in cartography and Chicago's architectural history, will be our guide. This tour is one of our most popular member day trips.

Register early -- space is limited!

To register for this day trip, make your reservations online or call the Museum at (773) 684-1414. Fees for this event are non-refundable after May 14.


$37 per person for members
$47 per person for non-member guests (limited to two)
Fees include motor coach transportation (no food or beverages will be served)

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
More Information

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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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