Continental Chicago

now in its one-hundred-and-eightieth year

The Bridges

The Clark Street Bridge, with the Merchandise Mart (Credit: Susan Barsy)

On a good day, my husband gives me a ride to the office, and I take pictures from the car.

One of my favorite moments in any commute is crossing the River.  I love the ephemera of the overpowering views.  For a few seconds, you see all the amazing buildings lining the river, the bridges themselves, and the bending waterway, illuminated with a light different from the canyonlands from which you’re emerging.  The view that you’re given is never the same.

On this particular day, rain had fallen, and a stoplight had turned red, creating a still moment to appreciate the Merchandise Mart and the beautiful ironwork of the Clark Street bridge.

If you like bridges, you might enjoy the artwork of my friend Roland Kulla.

4 comments on “The Bridges

  1. Joe
    August 20, 2012

    My favorite bridges are the Golden Gate (by far) and the Macinack Bridge in Michigan……

    • Susan Barsy
      August 20, 2012

      I like the Golden Gate, too. I think my personal favorite though is Taft Bridge in DC–a great bridge for pedestrians, over the Rock Creek Park and Parkway; it’s beautiful in all seasons.

  2. J. G. Burdette
    August 18, 2012

    I like the covered bridges. And I like crossing the bridge over the Ohio river too.

    • Susan Barsy
      August 18, 2012

      The bridge in the background of this picture–Wells Street Bridge–was considered a technological marvel when it was built because the elevated train runs across it above the road. And believe it or not, it’s a drawbridge, too! It’s about to be closed for repairs, which are expected to take a whole year. There are some good links to its history in this Chicagoist article:

      Thanks for writing in,
      Susan Barsy

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