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Top Ten Bridges! - 5th Anniversary Celebration!

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I formed the Windy City Explorers on May 17, 2009 with two people! Now, five years later we have over 3500 members!! Wouldn't it be fun if all of you come out for this anniversary party?

Please join us to celebrate the success of the Windy City Explorers as we duplicate our hugely popular Top Ten Bridges Tour. This event is timed to coincide with a "river run" where many sailboats will be coming down the river for the season, heading to their respective Lake Michigan harbors. The bridges will be opening to let all the boats pass.

Bring your cameras as this will be a sight to behold! This will be a walking and gawking tour of my ten favorite bridges over the Chicago River. Our walk will be slow and distracted by bridge openings and sailboat crossings. Included in our route will be the following: 1) The famous Michigan Avenue Bridge which opened in 1920, paving the way, literally, to Chicago's Magnificent Mile. 2.) The Wabash Street Bridge, home to Chicago's Vietnam War Veterans Memorial 3) The LaSalle St. Bridge, site of the famous Eastland Disaster of 1915. 4) The Wells St. Bridge, one of Chicago's most photographed sites where the elevated train crosses the Chicago River. 5) We'll also observe, from a distance, the Kinzie Street Bridge where the Chicago River sprung a leak in 1992, flooding the entire loop!! Some of you may also be familiar with another famous incident happening at the Kinzie Street bridge involving a bus, a band, and a boat. You won't want to miss this tour!! Be sure to bring your cameras!

Our gathering time is 10:30am at the base of the Trump Tower Riverwalk. We will meet by the large gallery of stairs. Below are links to a map and photograph of the meeting spot.

Map of Meeting Spot (http://files.meetup.com/1457526/Map.jpg)

Photograph of Meeting Spot (http://files.meetup.com/1457526/Photograph.jpg)

For those of you who wish to arrive a little early, there is a McDonalds Restaurant right there adjacent to Trump Tower. We can grab a morning snack and coffee while waiting for the group to arrive. I'll be there around 9:30 - 10am to get settled. For those of you who are interested in a little reading, here are some links related to this adventure.

The Great Chicago Flood of 1992 (http://bit.ly/zuZfR)

The Eastland Disaster (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Eastland)

Extensive Links To Specific Bridge Info For True History Buffs (http://bit.ly/ckTXKO)

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Website (http://www.chicagoriver.org/get-involved/attend/mccormick-bridgehouse-chicago-river-museum)

A neat website promoting Chicago's Loop Bridges (http://www.chicagoloopbridges.com/).