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,



October 10, 2017 - Bridge Lift Breakfasts courtesy of Corner Bakery Cafe are back!

Plan a fun, unforgettable and rare experience your friends, coworkers or clients can only find in Chicago: watching the Michigan Avenue Bridge lift from inside the bridge tower while enjoying breakfast courtesy of Corner Bakery Cafe! The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum invites you to reserve one of only three remaining Bridge Lift Breakfast dates this year. Make your reservation soon – dates are going fast!

Dates available are: 

  • Wed, Oct 11th
  • Sat, Oct 21st
  • Sat, Oct 28th

Call the museum at 312-977-0227 to make a reservation today. Saturday lifts begin at 9am and Wednesday lifts begin at 9:30am. Our Michigan Avenue bridge usually lifts 30-40 minutes after the beginning time.  

We are always looking for volunteers. Please email for details! 

Museum Status: Open through October 31st, Thursday - Monday.



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