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 3, 2019

Our schedule for the fall bridge lift viewing is now up. More information can be found HERE.

Our temporary exhibition, Tender House Project, opens on September 12th and will run through the end of the season. This season, Tender House Project is collaborating with Public Media Institute to bring a calendar of activation. See their website for more details HERE.

Hours for 2019 are:

Friday - Monday: 10A.M. - 5P.M. Thursday: 12P.M. - 7P.M Tuesday/Wednesday: closed

Please check this section for occasional closures for private events.

All questions, please contact museum director Josh Coles, or 312-939-0490 ext. 28.


Museum Status: Open for the season.



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