Extremely Local News 08.06.20

Bob Sirott

CHICAGO – MARCH 31: Two geese are seen on a piling, bottom right, at the Clark Street double-leaf trunnion bascule bridge, built in 1929, over the Chicago River March 31, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1915 an excursion boat named the Eastland, docked at this location, capsized killing 812 passengers, more passenger deaths than the Titanic three years earlier. The City of Chicago currently maintains 52 bridges, of which 37 are movable, spanning various parts of the Chicago River from the downtown area through the North and South branches, not including numerous railroad bridges. With all its tributaries from its furthest north to furthest south points, the Chicago River runs for 156 miles. Some of the current movable bridge types in the city range from the double and single-leaf trunnion bascule bridge, or “Chicago-type” bascule and the Strauss heel-type trunnion bascule railroad bridge to the city’s last double-leaf Scherzer rolling lift bridge at Cermak Road. The first trunnion bascule bridge in Chicago, and the United States, was completed in 1902 and can still be seen and driven over at Cortland Street on the city’s near-north side. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Shamus Toomey, the Editor in Chief and co-founder of Block Club Chicago, joined Bob Sirott to talk about some of the latest Chicago Neighborhood news. Shamus provided details on the $10 million “Chicago Prize,” that will be awarded this afternoon to a community-led initiative to transform a South or West Side neighborhood; Lakefront restaurants are allowed to reopen; and Clark Street in the River North neighborhood will be closed to help restaurants in that area.

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