December 1, 2020

Riverview Bridge on the Chicago River

I just explored another chunk of the North Branch of the Chicago River from Belmont to Montrose, on Riverview Bridge which is the city’s longest bike/pedestrian span at 1,000 feet long. Debuting in November 2019, the Riverview Bridge is named after the storied amusement park that used to be at Belmont and Western avenues.

The curving modern bridge is 16-feet wide and 18-feet above the river affording great vistas of water and foliage. In temperate weather, canoes, speed boats, pontoons and kayaks can be intermittently seen from the bridge. Serendipity put me there while two female rowing crews were gliding upriver. (A very brief video clip is included.)

You can access the bridge from Clark Park or California Park on either end, but I recently found it easy to park at the McFetridge Sports Center lot and enter the span from California Park.

Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St.

California Park (McFetridge Sports Center),
3843 N. California Ave.

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