It is quite a scene when Michigan Avenue meets the sky.
To accommodate sail boats and other tall vessels traveling between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, Chicago's bridges open approximately 40 times a year from April to November. Witnessing the Michigan Avenue Bridge opening from inside the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat.
One spectator raved, “Watching the massive Michigan Avenue Bridge rise to the sky from inside the bridge is amazing. Powered by just a tiny 108 horsepower motor, the gears turn, the bridge rises - and you can’t help but be awed by the ingenuity of it all.”
We invite you to experience this engineering marvel up close and personal by attending a bridge lift at the museum.
Entry fee is $10 per person and includes museum admission. Members of Friends of the Chicago River receive a $3 discount.
See the entire Fall 2016 schedule here.
Advance registration is recommended for Saturday bridge lifts. Reservations are now available for the following Saturdays: September 17th, September 24th, and October 29th at 9:00am. To reserve your spot, call the museum at (312) 977-0227.
Note: The bridge lift viewing will be free on Saturday, October 15th, as part of Open House Chicago. No reservations.
Photo credits: Main Branch bridges with sailboats © 2011 Patricia Armell, chicagoloopbridges.com; Main Strem near Clark Street © 2012 James S Phillips, chicagoloopbridges.com