The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum celebrates the Chicago River and its world-famous movable bridges.

Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse.

At river level, visitors can view the massive gears of Chicago’s most famous movable bridge and then journey through time as they experience the story of the Chicago River. Once at the top of the Bridgehouse, visitors are treated to magnificent 360 degree views of the city and river, and will gain a whole new perspective on the beauty and complexity that is Chicago.

The Bridgehouse Museum furthers the mission of Friends of the Chicago River.

 Photo Courtesy of ©2014 Patricia Armell,

Photo Courtesy of ©2014 Patricia Armell,



August 2nd, 2018

New Free Event: "Paint the River" Plein Air Painting Festival on Saturday August 18th.

Painters, collectors, and those who love the Chicago River... please join the festivities for a one-day paint out and exhibit by the Plein Air Painters Chicago. A portion of proceeds benefit Friends of the Chicago River and the Bridgehouse Museum. More info here:

We are excited to announce that since opening in 2006, we have welcomed our 200,000th guest! That guest visited our museum on June 24th, and we are on track to have a record-breaking attendance this season. Thank you to everyone who has ever visited! Read more about it here:

Our Lunchtime Lecture series begins on Monday, July 9th and runs through the end of August. See the schedule of speakers on our Events page. 

Contact museum director, Josh Coles, with questions regarding rentals, volunteering, or anything else related to the Bridgehouse Museum. Email or call (312)-939-0490 ext. 28. Thank you! 


Museum Status: Open Thursday - Monday, 10am-5pm



This was one of my favorite stops, Very small, part of the bridge tower and timed right you can actually (additional fee) witness the mechanics of the moving of the bridge. Also, you can look out one of the windows and have a spectacular view.
— Visitor via TripAdvisor