Chicago History

Chicago River Bridges

Winner of three book awards, Chicago River Bridges presents the untold history and development of these fantastic engineering and architectural marvels spanning the Chicago River today. It is the story of Chicago as seen through its bridges. Bridges, both past and present, have proved critical in connecting and reconnecting…(read more)

Chicago Drawbridges

A companion to the book, the PBS documentary Chicago Drawbridges chronicles the importance of the bridges in the making of the Windy City, from the very first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to today’s iconic structures spanning the Chicago River. Entertaining, informative, and engaging this 57-minute film is…(read more)