Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Illinois

26
Jun
09

Michigan Avenue Bridge Tower

333. Tower

333. Tower

In the early 1900s a few of the city planners in Chicago thought it would be advantageous to connect North Michigan Avenue with South Michigan Avenue via a bridge across the Chicago River. It took three years (1917-20) to complete the project, but they didn’t simply create a bridge, they created an architectural masterpiece.

Evidently this bridge is an engineering wonder, but my reference on the Michigan Avenue Bridge described it in engineering terminology and I cannot begin to explain why it is such a feat. I did come away with one fact I find impressive though. Evidently the bridge, a double-decker affair, is so well balanced it only takes two 108-horsepower motors to open and close each 3,750-ton extension. That is efficient! I motor across the lake in a fishing boat that has a bigger engine!

25
Jun
09

What’s that Building?

413. Construction

413. Construction

The building in the forefront is one of Chicago’s more well known buildings, the Wrigley Building–yep, Wrigley as in the gum people and the past owners of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. The building in the background? That’s what is under construction, though sorry to say I can’t identify it for you.