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,



February 2nd, 2018 - Our opening day will be here sooner than you think, so we are looking for a marketing intern to help us get ready for this great season! Check out the listing here

The museum is closed for the season, but we do open periodically throughout the winter months for group tours. Contact us to find out more information. 

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: Closed. Opening day for 2018 is May 12th. 



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