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 2nd, 2018

Bridge Lift Breakfasts are sold out, but we have two more opportunities to see the Michigan Avenue Bridge opening from inside the museum. We have limited availability on Wednesday, October 10th at 9:30am and Saturday, November 3rd at 9am for private viewings of the museum including our gear-viewing exhibit. Space is limited and admission is $15 per person. Please email or call 312-977-0227 to make a reservation.

Bridge Lift Breakfasts sponsored by Corner Bakery Cafe are back!

Plan a fun, unforgettable experience your friends, coworkers or clients can only find in Chicago: watching the Michigan Avenue Bridge lift from inside the bridge tower while enjoying a light breakfast courtesy of Corner Bakery Cafe! The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum invites you to reserve one of only five Bridge Lift Breakfast dates this year. While all dates are currently sold out, we do have a wait-list in case of cancellations.

Dates available are:

Sat, Sept. 22nd - SOLD OUT
Sat, Sept. 29th - SOLD OUT
Sat, Oct. 6th - SOLD OUT
Sat, Oct. 20th - SOLD OUT
Sat, Oct. 27th - SOLD OUT

Call the museum at 312-977-0227 or email to make a reservation today. Bridge Lift Breakfasts are $15 per person. Saturday lifts begin at 9am. Our Michigan Avenue bridge usually lifts 30-40 minutes after the beginning time.

Unfortunately, all dates are currently sold out, but please call the museum to be placed on a wait list in case of cancellations. 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