Chicago Drawbridges is a documentary directed by Chicago filmmaker Stephen Hatch and narrated by Patrick McBriarty, author and bridge historian, chronicling the importance of the bridges in the making of the Windy City, from the very first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to today’s iconic structures spanning the Chicago River.
Informative and entertaining this 56-minute film tells the story of Chicago’s development through the bridges based on the recently released companion book Chicago River Bridges from the University of Illinois Press. Created and produced by Stephen Hatch and Patrick McBriarty the documentary interviews professor, geographer, and author David M. Solzman, PhD.; Brian Steele, Director of Communications for CDOT (2001-2011); map maker and historian Dennis McClendon of Chicago CartoGraphics; James S. Phillips, PE (ret.); Ozana Balan King, Museum Director of the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum; Grant Crowley owner of Crowley's Yacht Yard; Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office; CDOT Engineer Vasile M. Jurca, P.E.; and Professor Michael Latham of music and film studies.