Tender House Project : The Cultural Activation of Chicago’s Bridgehouses

Tender House Project returns as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the inaugural Backward River Festival with cultural activations in two of Chicago’s historic bridgehouses. Tender House Project will activate the DuSable bridge for the second iteration of Bridge Lift, featuring a musical performance in concert with the live sounds of the moving 101 yr old bascule bridge during the city’s scheduled bridge lifts. This rare performance will be viewable among the moving gears of the McCormick Bridgehouse &Chicago River Museum and the Riverwalk.

Lumpen Radio and Communities Amplified will premiere a series of live radio transmissions at the South Ashland Bridgehouse featuring stories from community organizations across the 25th Ward. With the support of Public Media Institute, the broadcasts will be amplified during the Backward River Festival where people can tune-in and listen to the live broadcast of speeches, poetry & storytelling, music, and discussions from community leaders, youth, and stakeholders. In the evenings, the bridgehouse will symbolize a beacon of resident voices and the strong presence of the Chicago River through a curated selection of film projections created by Chicago Artists. 

These programs are made possible through the amazing collaboration of Tender House Project, Public Media Institute, the UIC School of Art and Art History, Deep Time Chicago and UIC Freshwater Lab.

DuSable Bridgehouse - McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
99 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601

South Ashland Bridgehouse
2595 S Ashland
Chicago, IL 60608

Visit our website for the full calendar of programs!