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Chicago staple celebrates 94 years of history

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Most people just look at bridges as a way to get from point A to point B. We cross over them without so much as a second thought.

But the Michigan Avenue Bridge is different.It represents authentic Chicago, a history only Chicago can claim.

Believe it or not, she turns 94 years old Wednesday. And she’s never looked better.

“Beautiful” is an understatement for a bridge that is nearly a century old. The Michigan Avenue Bridge is a staple of Chicago innovation.

While the original proposition to connect the north and south sides of Michigan Avenue called for a tunnel, the idea for a bridge was later fleshed out in Daniel Burnham’s 1909 plan for Chicago.

The bridge went into construction during the spring of 1918 and was completed two years later.

Ozana Balanking, director of the Bridgehouse Museum – a five story tour of history tucked away in the southwest tower of the bridge – knows that this is more than just a bridge.

The mechanics and gears that make those lifts possible are an impressive sight to behold. Considered an engineering marvel at the time of its creation, engineers around the world still stand in awe at the bridge’s inner workings.

The bridge was renamed the DuSable Bridge in 2010 after Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. It carries more than 30,000 people per day - people who might just see it as a way to get from point A to point B, people who might not give it a second thought.

But it doesn’t change what this bridge is – this bridge is history.

This bridge is Chicago.

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