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 21nd, 2017 - Have you registered to join our Summer Cruise on June 28th? It is our annual benefit for the museum and sure to be a blast. Tickets are available here

June 14nd, 2017 - We will be closed for a private party in the morning on June 24th. Our gear room provides a unique view of an operational bascule bridge lifting and lowering.
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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