South-facing view of the Kinzie Street Bridge on the Chicago River (B&W)

The Kinzie Name

Our name pays homage to one of the most iconic bridges in Chicago, the city in which we were founded. The Kinzie Street Bridge was built in 1909 and stands on the historic site of the first span across the Chicago River. It is the only single-leaf bascule bridge from the “first generation” design that remains in the city today. The view to the south features the Kinzie Street railroad bridge, a Chicago Landmark, raised high above the water and framing the constantly changing skyline.

Our name reflects our founder’s vision for the firm – revolutionary, lasting and bold. It is a reminder of the importance of tradition and stability in an ever-evolving world.

Hover over the icons on the image below to learn more about notable landmarks along this stretch of the Chicago River.

South-facing view of the Kinzie Street Bridge on the Chicago River (color)
The Kinzie Street crossing is the site of the first river bridge in the Chicago area – a foot bridge built in 1832 to reportedly provide better access to a tavern.
The Kinzie Street railroad bridge was the longest and heaviest bridge of its kind when opened in 1908. The bridge is still lowered once a year to retain “active” status.
The North Branch of the Chicago River flows under the Kinzie Street Bridge to meet the main stem and South Branch at historic Wolf Point.
The Kinzie office is located (approximately) below this point, less than one mile southeast of the Kinzie Street Bridge.
“Constellation” is a 29-foot tall swirling red sculpture created by renowned architect and artist Santiago Calatrava.
Tunnel opening and abandoned railroad track, last used by the Chicago Sun-Times to transport giant rolls of newsprint to their former downtown location.
Built on the site of Chicago’s first rail depot, these postmodern river cottages were designed by famed Chicago architect Harry Weese.