I took this photo one bright and sunny morning in April of 2007. I was heading to northbound Lakeshore Drive, and unfortunately got stuck in heavy slow moving traffic on the eastbound side of the I -55 Stevenson Expressway that morning.
So what!? I did what any native Chicagoan with a camera would do in a situation like this...Make the best of it!
I took this unique vista of the Chicago city skyline around South Halsted Street in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood on the southside. The old black drawbridge over "Bubbly Creek" is still standing, although it is grafitti tagged and the operators control tower on the top was scrapped a few years ago after some fires were set there.
The CTA Orange line rapid transit station can be seen in the photo as well, wich runs adjacent to the Canadian National's former Illinois Central Railroad mainline, and the BNSF Railway ex Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe mainline. The I-55 Stevenson Expressway construction began in the mid 1950's and was completed in the year of 1962. The Stevenson Expressway was laid out on the right of way of the Illinois and Michigan Canal through Chicago's southside, and also replaced Illinois U.S Route # 66 west of Countryside Ilinois. Parts of old U.S Route # 66 survive today in Illinois as Frontage Roads or segments of main streets like Ogden Avenue in Berwyn Illinois, and Joliet Road in Hodgkins and Countryside Illinois.