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The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Small but worth a visit

Museum is right on the river walk. This is very small but good place to see the mechanics of... read more

Reviewed December 7, 2018
Ozurgeti, Georgia
Worth my time

Stopped by this museum today for a view and learned a bit along with some good history. Glad we... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Sonoma, California
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Celebrating the Chicago River and its world-famous movable bridges. Note: We are closed for the 2015 season. We will reopen in May 2016!
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376 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-3807
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Reviewed December 7, 2018

Museum is right on the river walk. This is very small but good place to see the mechanics of bridges and learn about history of Chicago river, how they turned the direction of the river, what role does river play in City's life and how...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank grigolm
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Stopped by this museum today for a view and learned a bit along with some good history. Glad we went and recommend a part of your Chicago Riverwalk.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank SonomaRichard
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

My sister and I discovered this museum as we were walking along the river. The building is small but tells a great story about the bridges and waterways in Chicago. You can even go to see the inner workings of the draw bridge. We both...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Claudette C
Reviewed September 3, 2018

A Chicago landmark how can you not go? History, architecture and nostaligia all in one location. See is believing with this one as we have seen it in tv and movies.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Robert E
Reviewed August 30, 2018

When was the last time you waited in traffic for the Michigan Avenue bridge to close? When was the last time it lifted? Did you know that the Michigan Avenue Bridge, renamed the Du Sable Bridge in 2010, is the first double deck, double leaf,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Great little find. We bought tickets in the UK via Groupon, though pick the day the museum is open for free if you can - as other museums are so expensive (poor Americans, come to London they are free). Very informative, and you turn up,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

This museum is inside the control house for a working drawbridge. Dozens of times each year, this bridge is lifted to allow tall sailboats to pass to and from Lake Michigan. In the museum, you can see the actual mechanism of gears and counterweight which...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 646lorit
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

See the inner workings of the bridge. It's free on Sundays, just leave a donation. Some stairs will need to be climbed to go through the museum as you go up the tower. A nice history of the water way is also presented. Check it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mortaric
Reviewed June 27, 2018

This unique little museum covers a lot for a small space, including how the bridge works, nature conservation efforts of the river, and newspapers featuring the river throughout the city's history. Can get a little crowded since the space is limited, but definitely worth a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank jkrukowski14
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in while walking the river walk right on Michigan Ave. well worth the $6 admission! Staff is knowledgeable and helpful and the self paced tour of the 5 story bridge house was great and lead to some great views at the top!

Date of experience: June 2018
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June 15, 2017|
Response from Josh C | Property representative |
Some people can spend up to an hour enjoying our entire exhibit, but you only need about 20-30 minutes. And, don't miss the views from the top of the tower! There's nothing like it. Plus you're in an actual bridgetower. Hope... More