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The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Worth my time

Stopped by this museum today for a view and learned a bit along with some good history. Glad we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sonoma, California
Gem of a museum

My sister and I discovered this museum as we were walking along the river. The building is small... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Claudette C
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Celebrating the Chicago River and its world-famous movable bridges. Note: We are closed for the 2015 season. We will reopen in May 2016!
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376 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-3807
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-977-0227
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by this museum today for a view and learned a bit along with some good history. Glad we went and recommend a part of your Chicago Riverwalk.

Thank SonomaRichard
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Claudette C
Reviewed 4 September 2018

A Chicago landmark how can you not go? History, architecture and nostaligia all in one location. See is believing with this one as we have seen it in tv and movies.

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 30 August 2018

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

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 11 August 2018

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

Thank highams5
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Lori T
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Mortaric
Reviewed 27 June 2018

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

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

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!

Thank samfam
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank larncec
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

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Brandi R
15 June 2017|
Response from Josh C | Property representative |
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