Lincoln Park Passerelle: Rainbow Bridge


  • Tim Samuelson




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


As seen by approaching motorists on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, the “Rainbow Bridge” appears as if it’s crossing the 6–lane roadway with a graceful leap worthy of a ballet dancer. To people crossing the bridge, its gentle rise provides comfortable access to a popular beach and recreational parkland at edge of Lake Michigan.

How to Cite

Samuelson, T. (2011). Lincoln Park Passerelle: Rainbow Bridge. Docomomo Journal, (45), 94–97.




Author Biography

Tim Samuelson

Cultural historian for the City of Chicago, has been instrumental in celebrating and protecting Chicago’s past for more than 25 years. He is highly regarded for his stewardship of the cultural and architectural history of the city at the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and the Chicago Historical Society. He obtained an English degree from Roosevelt University and a fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and worked on architect John Vinci’s restoration projects.