Lincoln Park Passerelle
View looking west from Oak Street Beach towards N Lake Shore Drive.
Photo taken by Joe Herrington in July 2008
BH Photo #133618
Chicago blizzard 2011 closes Lake Shore Drive HD
View from Lincoln Park Passerelle of the disaster, includes many views of the bridge itself.
Lake Shore Drive in Chicago turns into a car graveyard the day after a massive blizzard brought 20+ inches of snow and 60+ mph winds. Motorists were stranded when the storm hit in the early evening of February 1, 2011. After some were stuck for hours, they abandoned their cars for safety. This was unreal, like a scene from a movie!
YouTube user brecht727
Attractive pedestrian arch bridge over US 41 Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park, has been a local landmark. Heavily used by pedestrians to reach North Avenue Beach. Looks more modern than its 1940 construction date. Noted as a very early welded bridge. This bridge's strength is periodically tested when crowds gather on it to watch lakefront fireworks or the Chicago Air & Water Show.
(From HAER) This pedestrian bridge, or passerelle, is the only one spanning North Lake Shore Drive, a major commuter route through Chicago's Lincoln Park. The strikingly modern welded steel arch with concrete approaches was constructed with U.S. Works Progress Administration sponsorship, unusual because the WPA is better known for bridges designed in a rustic mode and built with manual labor. The Lincoln Park passerelle gained national recognition in the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition, "Built in USA, 1932-44," and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Through arch bridge over N Lake Shore Dr in Chicago
- Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
- Open to pedestrians
- Future prospects
- Does not meet ADA. City wants to demolish and replace.
- Built 1940; reinforcing cross-bracing added 1991; deck replaced 2016.
- - American Bridge Co. of New York
- C.J. Kelly (Structural Engineer)
- M.J. Glicken (Architectural Designer, Chicago Park District)
- Ryerson Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Steel through arch
Listed as a contributing resource to the Lincoln Park Historic District
- Also called
- Menomonee Street Passerelle
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.91534, -87.62754 (decimal degrees)
41°54'55" N, 87°37'39" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/447960/4640566 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Chicago Loop
- Inventory number
- BH 39925 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- January 31, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: Video added; this brdge is NR-contributing, not NR-listed
- February 22, 2015: Updated by Roger Deschner: Import HAER photos, description
- February 26, 2014: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add build date, description, other details
- October 8, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
- February 17, 2009: Added by Joe Herrington