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The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

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Address: 376 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-3807
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Celebrating the Chicago River and its world-famous movable bridges.

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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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Great history and photo op

Chicago is full of bridges, and the displays in this little museum give you a historic tour of them. Distributed among many levels of the Bridgehouse, you will find interesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is gorgeous and such a beautiful piece of history. If you're really big into history and monuments this would be great to see. If you're not huge into that, this is definitely worth checking out if it's convenient but I wouldn't recommend going too far out of your way to see. The intersection is a busy one, so when... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chicago is full of bridges, and the displays in this little museum give you a historic tour of them. Distributed among many levels of the Bridgehouse, you will find interesting informational panels and historic photos, maps, and more. Very interesting to see how the bridge lift works. Impressive engineering, as it requires a very small motor to move the structure... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

An interesting design statement on an otherwise ordinary looking bridge. It reminded me of some of the ornate bridge decorations I saw in Paris. As we walked past it last December, i was not even aware there was a museum inside it, let alone that you can enter it. Maybe next time.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

All the bridges have something special on the towers but this is the best. Take a min. to look and take in some history. Standing in the middle of the bridge and looking west is a wonderful sight. Chicago at it's finest.

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Sunday is free but during the week it's about $6. The museum gets crowded if there are more than 30 or so people because the stairs aren't very wide & the viewing areas aren't huge. Interesting photo's

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Thank Deb873
Holly P, Manager at The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, responded to this review

Hi Deb- Thank you for visiting the Bridgehouse Museum! The museum daily admission is $5- and it is free on Sundays. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable! Thank you! More 

Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

An iconic bridge over the Chicago River. A must while walking down Michigan Avenue back and forth from Millennium Park.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Inside this bridgehouse you can see how the bridge lift mechanism works by looking at the actual mechanical workings of the bridge. There's a small exhibit explaig the history of the Chicago river as you climb up through the bridgehouse. Short visit, but interesting piece of Chicago history.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

You enter to this museum at the river level and than go upstairs two several levels (with great views and history of Chicago and Chicago river displayed on walls) up to the bridge/Michigan/Walker Avenue level to an exit. You can also go higher 2 levels for better views and more history. I do not recommend to go there on Open... More 

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North Platte, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

All of the bridgehouses were interesting and a great part of Chicago history. Beautiful sculpture on the sides and a neat part of the skyline.

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Holly P, Manager at The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the museum! We are very happy you enjoyed it and hope you will visit us again soon! It is a hidden gem of Chicago! More 

Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

We visited the museum on a windy weekend in September. The museum is next to the river walk so you can expect some very good views as you go up the five floors of informational plaques and old photos. You can get a feel as to how the river has changed over the years and how the city has tried... More 

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Holly P, Manager at The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the museum and for your kind review. We are always happy to hear of a visitor's experience, and that they may have learned something new. Please come again! More 

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