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My sister and I discovered this museum as we were walking along the river. The building is small but tells a great story about the bridges and waterways in Chicago. You can even go to see the inner workings of the draw bridge. We both...More
When was the last time you waited in traffic for the Michigan Avenue bridge to close? When was the last time it lifted? Did you know that the Michigan Avenue Bridge, renamed the Du Sable Bridge in 2010, is the first double deck, double leaf,...More
Great little find. We bought tickets in the UK via Groupon, though pick the day the museum is open for free if you can - as other museums are so expensive (poor Americans, come to London they are free).
Very informative, and you turn up,...More
This museum is inside the control house for a working drawbridge. Dozens of times each year, this bridge is lifted to allow tall sailboats to pass to and from Lake Michigan. In the museum, you can see the actual mechanism of gears and counterweight which...More
See the inner workings of the bridge. It's free on Sundays, just leave a donation. Some stairs will need to be climbed to go through the museum as you go up the tower. A nice history of the water way is also presented. Check it...More
This unique little museum covers a lot for a small space, including how the bridge works, nature conservation efforts of the river, and newspapers featuring the river throughout the city's history. Can get a little crowded since the space is limited, but definitely worth a...More
Stopped in while walking the river walk right on Michigan Ave. well worth the $6 admission! Staff is knowledgeable and helpful and the self paced tour of the 5 story bridge house was great and lead to some great views at the top!
Just went there today with trip advisor showing it's open....but door is locked!! Sign in door showing it's the museum, but no hours posted. Local guy sed it it's not open til May....update the listing please, Trip Unadvisor!More
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Josh C, Manager at The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
Hi Iarncec - We are sorry that the TripAdvisor hours were not current at the time of your visit. We are a very small museum and have a limited staff to keep an eye on these things. We do assure you that our main entrance...More
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
Some people can spend up to an hour enjoying our entire exhibit, but you only need about 20-30 minutes. And, don't miss the views from the top of the tower! There's nothing like it. Plus you're in an actual bridgetower. Hope... More
Some people can spend up to an hour enjoying our entire exhibit, but you only need about 20-30 minutes. And, don't miss the views from the top of the tower! There's nothing like it. Plus you're in an actual bridgetower. Hope to see you. Thank you.