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Kinzie Street Bridge


General View Of Bridge, Looking South

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #118252


Street Views 


Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Kinzie Street in Chicago
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1909; rehabilitated 1999
- Alexander von Babo
Bascule Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 136.1 ft.
Total length: 194.8 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88917, -87.63944   (decimal degrees)
41°53'21" N, 87°38'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446950/4637668 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
IL 016-6028 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15141 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 54 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 18, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • October 30, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 17, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • April 17, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn


  • HAER IL-134 - Chicago River Bascule Bridge, Kinzie Street, Spanning North Branch Chicago River at Kinzie Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke


Kinzie Street Bridge
Posted April 13, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hats off to google maps for putting street view on the river!Should do it everywhere!

Kinzie Street Bridge
Posted April 13, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice piece about this bridge this morning on WBEZ (NPR Chicago), focusing on the bridgetender's house, and its role in the Great Chicago Flood of 1992, which happened 25 years ago today. Audio story includes interesting history of the bridge, including its origin as a pathway between two taverns, the time a taxicab flew off it into the river while it was being lifted, and of course the Great Chicago Flood in 1992 which was caused by pilings driven to protect the bridge from errant barges. Some nice photos.