Chicago has more movable bridges than any other city. There is even a subtype of bascule bridge (the fixed-trunnion bascule bridge) called a “Chicago bridge.” Watching the bridges lift is always fun, but many of Chicago’s bridges are also quite lovely in their stationary state.
Some of my favorites:
–Marshall Suloway Bridge, where I was occasionally made late for work at the Reid Murdoch Building (on the left, with the clock tower).
–The Irv Kupcinet Bridge, which is shockingly beautiful at night.
–The Ashland Avenue Bridge, which features distinctive art deco reliefs.
–The Cherry Avenue Bridge, although it doesn’t actually move anymore, has an unusual asymmetry.