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,



August 18th, 2017 - Are you ready for the solar eclipse on Monday? We have solar glasses courtesy of the Adler Planetarium and Wendella! We have 80 pair to give away, first come first serve starting at 10am, on Saturday morning. On Monday, we will have an additional 50 pair to give out during and after our speaker series starting at 11am. Call the museum for more details. 

August 9th, 2017 - Our annual Asian Carp Cookout is back for the third year! Join us to hear from Friends' staff about this invasive pest and what is being done to combat it. Also, taste some cuban-style Asian Carp Burgers from Dirk's Fish! Tickets are available here!

July 20th, 2017 - Join us every Monday through August from 12:15pm to 12:45pm for our Lunch and Learn lecture series. Coming up are lectures on invasive species in the river, water quality testing, and floating gardens. Check out our schedule here

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