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Chicago’s new skyway: By the numbers

46895431At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Art Institute of Chicago will open a new pedestrian bridge that links its new Modern Wing with Millennium Park. Shaped like an extruded ship’s hull, the bridge ascends from a site near the southwest corner of the park’s Pritzker Pavilion, soars over Monroe Street and concludes at the wing’s west pavilion. From there, visitors can go to the wing’s third-floor restaurant and sculpture terrace, head downstairs and pay to enter the museum or walk back to Millennium Park.
Here is a capsule look at the Nichols Bridgeway:
Design Architect: Renzo Piano of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Paris
Architect of Record: Interactive Design,Chicago
Length: 620 feet.
Width of walking surface: 8 to 12 feet
Longest uninterrupted span: 198 feet
Cost: About $19 million
Materials: Structural steel (painted white), aluminum planking, purpleheart wood handrail; stainless steel mesh guardrail
Special features: Snow-melting system will warm the aluminum deck, preventing winter closings; slope complies with American with Disabilities Act; handrail is illuminated with LED lights
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to dusk or until the museum’s closing. Open seven days a week
Opening: Saturday, 10 a.m.

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