Spring Bridge Lift Information


To minimize lifts of the aged N/S 5 Railroad Bridge, Skyway departures will be organized into groups which will depart at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm. If you miss your scheduled lift time you will have to wait until the next group. 

Bridge Clearance

N/S 5 Railroad Bridge on the Calumet River: 23.8’
95th Street Bridge: 23.6'
92nd Street Bridge: 19.1'
— Note that variations in lake levels will change the above-reported depths!


  • All 3 bridge tenders monitor Channel 16.
  • BEFORE departing Skyway Yacht Works’ Slip:
    • You MUST radio the N/S 5 Railroad Bridge on the Calumet River.
    • State your boat name and that you are traveling outbound to Lake Michigan from Skyway Yacht Works’ slip.
    • Request a bridge lift from the N/S 5 Railroad Bridge on the Calumet River, the 95th Street Bridge, and the 92nd Street Bridge.


DO NOT follow a commercial vessel through the bridges without contacting the bridge first! If the N/S 5 Railroad Bridge does NOT know a sailboat is traveling under their bridge, it is possible your mast will NOT clear!!

DO NOT travel through the N/S 5 Railroad Bridge until the bridge has been completely raised—it is possible the mast will NOT clear if the bridge is not fully raised!!

**All 3 bridges work together in an effort to make travel up the river run smoothly.
**Please coordinate your departure with other sailors so you travel in groups to minimize bridge lifts.

If you have difficulty with the bridges—call us and we can help!

Safe Travels,

Team Skyway

Contact Us

Skyway Yacht Works
9864 South Avenue N
Chicago, Illinois  60617
T | 773-734-7777
F | 773-721-4138


Winter 2020 / 2021

December 16 – March 12
—Monday–Saturday: 9am–4pm

Spring 2021

March 13 – June 30
—Monday–Sunday: 8am–5pm

Summer 2021

July 1 – September 15
—Monday–Friday: 9am–4pm

Fall 2021

September 16 – November 19
—Monday–Sunday: 8am–5pm
November 20 – December 15
—Monday–Saturday: 9am–4pm

Closed – 2021 Holidays

Easter:  April 4
Memorial DayMay 31
Independence DayJuly 3 – 5
Labor DaySeptember 6
Thanksgiving: November 25 – 28
December 20 – January 4

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