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,



June 1st, 2018

Tickets for our 6th annual Summer Cruise are now available! Join us for this special night of food, drink, and entertainment. We are happy to announce that this cruise will be nearly waste-free with compost friendly cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery. All proceeds benefit the museum. This year's cruise is presented by Wendella and PepsiCo. 

The Bridge Lift schedule has been released by CDOT and is underway most Wednesdays and Saturdays through June. We will not officially be open until May 12th. View the schedule here

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! 

For Summer Cruise or other Sponsorship Opportunities, click here


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