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Art Institute of Chicago - Nichols Bridgeway - Fast Facts

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Art Institute of Chicago - Nichols Bridgeway - Fast Facts

Nichols Bridgeway rises from Millennium Park to the third floor of the Modern Wing.

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Nichols Bridgeway - Overview:

The Nichols Bridgeway formally connects the Art Institute of Chicago with Millennium Park. It's a pedestrian bridge that provides an unprecedented physical link between these two Chicago civic icons and was constructed as part of the museum's unveiling of its new Modern Wing in 2009.

Specifically, the bridge connects the third floor of the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing with the south end of Millennium Park.

More about the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing | More About Millennium Park

Nichols Bridgeway - Location:

The bridge crosses above Monroe Street on the north end of the museum and the south end of Millennium Park. You access it either through the third floor of the Modern Wing or through the south end of Millennium Park near the Pritzker Pavilion.

From Millennium Park, the bridge will take you to the third floor of the museum, where you will find Terzo Piano restaurant. Should you want to view the art, though, you'll need to return to the first floor by stairs or the elevator and cross the main hall to begin viewing the art. [

Nichols Bridgeway - Architect:

The bridge was designed by architect Renzo Piano in conjunction with his design for the Modern Wing. Piano also designed the South Exelon pavilions in Millennium Park where the bridge meets the park.

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Nichols Bridgeway - Materials and Dimensions:

The bridge is made from structural steel that has been painted white, stainless steel mesh, and aluminum planking.

Dimensions:
  • 620 feet long
  • 15 feet wide
  • 42 inch railings
  • 5.6% grade

Nichols Bridgeway - Features:

  • The bridge was designed to evoke the idea of the hull of a boat or sleek racing form.
  • ADA compliant for universal accessibility
  • Contains heating elements to prevent ice formation


Source: The Art Institute of Chicago
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