photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

Michigan and Wacker

It’s been 2 weeks since we went to our first Open House Chicago and I’m still thinking about how much fun it was.

 

My first post here about Open House Chicago was mainly about the amazing Fine Arts Building.

Along with lots of other people, we spent a good deal of time in the great building during the

annual event coordinated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

But in the same day, we were also able to see the Oriental Theater, the Virgin Hotel, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and

the McCormick Bridgehouse at Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. – the site of Fort Dearborn.

 

A lot of people think of State and Madison as the center point of the city of Chicago, and it is. But a lot of history has happened at

the intersection of Michigan and Wacker, and you can make a good case for the area being the literal birthplace of the city.

 

For those keeping score the Michigan Avenue Bridge or DuSable Bridge, is a Metal Rivet-Connected

Pratt Deck Truss, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) bridge.

 

What can I say? I’m the son of a civil engineer.

Michigan Ave. Bridge plan

Michigan Ave. Bridge plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© David Moenkhaus

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour boat on the Chicago River – 2015

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Michigan Ave. – Chicago

 

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower – Chicago

“Chicago’s one of the rare places where architecture is more visible.”

– Frank Gehry

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

© David Moenkhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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