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Downtown Chicago bridge-lifting routine begins Saturday

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A rite of spring hits Saturday when the city kicks off Chicago's boating season with the lifting of 27 bridges.

Bridges will rise sequentially every 8 to 12 minutes, from Ashland Avenue on the South Branch of the Chicago River to Lake Shore Drive, to allow recreational boats to access their docks and moorings.

The ritual begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and continues most Saturday and Wednesday mornings through Saturday, June 29th.

In a new twist this year, no bridges will be lifted from April 26 through May 5 due to work on the Wells Street Bridge during that period.

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