McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum celebrates Chicago’s river and world-famous mova We will be re-opening May 2021. Join us to explore a historic bridge tower and learn the history of the Chicago River and its famous movable bridges.
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We had another amazing Lunchtime Lecture today with Laura Barghusen, the Aquatic Ecologist at Openlands 🌿🛶Today we learn...
08/30/2021

We had another amazing Lunchtime Lecture today with Laura Barghusen, the Aquatic Ecologist at Openlands 🌿🛶

Today we learned about the African American Heritage Water Trail along the Calumet River. This trail is rich with history from the Underground Railroad to the Birth of the environmental justice movement.

To experience this history from the perspective of the river, visit paddleillinoiswatertrails.org for information about how and where to paddle to trail! 🛶☀️

Checkered White Butterfly enjoying some delicious nectar from the Great Blue Lobelia blooms outside the museum!! 🦋🌸🦋🌸It’...
08/28/2021

Checkered White Butterfly enjoying some delicious nectar from the Great Blue Lobelia blooms outside the museum!! 🦋🌸🦋🌸

It’s a beautiful day to visit the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum! ☀️🌿

Open Thursday-Monday from 10am-5pm

#chicagoriverwalk #chicagoriver #butterflies #illinoisbutterflies #illinoiswildlife #wildflowers #chicagotourism

Checkered White Butterfly enjoying some delicious nectar from the Great Blue Lobelia blooms outside the museum!! 🦋🌸🦋🌸

It’s a beautiful day to visit the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum! ☀️🌿

Open Thursday-Monday from 10am-5pm

#chicagoriverwalk #chicagoriver #butterflies #illinoisbutterflies #illinoiswildlife #wildflowers #chicagotourism

Join us on Monday, August 30th, for a lecture by Lillian Holden and Laura Barghusen from Openlands! 🌿Lillian is the Educ...
08/26/2021

Join us on Monday, August 30th, for a lecture by Lillian Holden and Laura Barghusen from Openlands! 🌿

Lillian is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Openlands, with training in CPR, Restorative Justice, and Trauma-Informed Certified.

Laura is the Aquatic Ecologist at Openlands and works to connect people to the waterways of Illinois through planning, biological monitoring, policy work, and more.

This week’s lecture is titled “Connecting People to the Water: The African American Heritage Water Trail.” ☀️🛶

We hope to see you there!

The color of the Main Stem is due to a combination of factors! 🌊Clear water coming in from the lake, the clay bottom of ...
08/22/2021

The color of the Main Stem is due to a combination of factors! 🌊

Clear water coming in from the lake, the clay bottom of the river, and algae all combine to create its beautiful and unusual emerald color 💎

Come stop by the museum from 10-5 on Thursdays-Mondays for more fun facts 🌉

The color of the Main Stem is due to a combination of factors! 🌊

Clear water coming in from the lake, the clay bottom of the river, and algae all combine to create its beautiful and unusual emerald color 💎

Come stop by the museum from 10-5 on Thursdays-Mondays for more fun facts 🌉

View from Lake Street Bridge 🏙🌉The current Lake Street Bridge is a two-leaf, double deck, bascule trunion style bridge. ...
08/21/2021

View from Lake Street Bridge 🏙🌉

The current Lake Street Bridge is a two-leaf, double deck, bascule trunion style bridge. The upper level supports CTA elevated train traffic while the lower level supports vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

The Lake Street Bridge was constructed in an upright position so that the old center-swing style bridge could still be used during construction.

This version of the Lake Street Bridge opened for use on November 6th, 1916!

#chicagobridge #chicagoloopbridges #chicagoriver #chicagoriverwalk #lakestreet #cta #chicagohistory

View from Lake Street Bridge 🏙🌉

The current Lake Street Bridge is a two-leaf, double deck, bascule trunion style bridge. The upper level supports CTA elevated train traffic while the lower level supports vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

The Lake Street Bridge was constructed in an upright position so that the old center-swing style bridge could still be used during construction.

This version of the Lake Street Bridge opened for use on November 6th, 1916!

#chicagobridge #chicagoloopbridges #chicagoriver #chicagoriverwalk #lakestreet #cta #chicagohistory

Join Friends of the Chicago River and Commissioner Josina Morita of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great...
08/19/2021

Join Friends of the Chicago River and Commissioner Josina Morita of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to celebrate the improved health of the Chicago & Calumet Rivers at the inaugural ✨Summer Float Party✨

This Sunday, August 22nd, from 10am - 1pm at the Dammrich Rowing Center in Skokie!

BYOF (Bring Your Own Floatie) Grab your inner tubes, floating loungers, and inflatable swim toys, and float with us on the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River System! ⛵️🐟🌿

Presented by Molson Coors Beverage Company

REGISTER NOW - https:bit.ly/3mhOOk3

#summerfloatparty

Join Friends of the Chicago River and Commissioner Josina Morita of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to celebrate the improved health of the Chicago & Calumet Rivers at the inaugural ✨Summer Float Party✨

This Sunday, August 22nd, from 10am - 1pm at the Dammrich Rowing Center in Skokie!

BYOF (Bring Your Own Floatie) Grab your inner tubes, floating loungers, and inflatable swim toys, and float with us on the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River System! ⛵️🐟🌿

Presented by Molson Coors Beverage Company

REGISTER NOW - https:bit.ly/3mhOOk3

#summerfloatparty

This Sunday is our inaugural Summer Float Party. Join us!
08/18/2021

This Sunday is our inaugural Summer Float Party. Join us!

Join Friends of the Chicago River and Commissioner Josina Morita of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to celebrate the improved health of the Chicago and Calumet Rivers at the inaugural Summer Float Party, Sunday, August 22, 10 a.m. to1 p.m. at the Dammrich Rowing Center in Skokie. Just $7! Bring your own floatie! Grab your inner tubes, floating loungers, and inflatable swim toys, and float with us on the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River system. The Summer Float Party is presented by Molson Coors Beverage Company. Register now: https://bit.ly/3mhOOk3 #summerfloatparty

Today’s Lunchtime Lecture speaker was Dr. Austin Happel, a research biologist from @shedd_aquarium 🐟Dr. Happel is intere...
08/16/2021

Today’s Lunchtime Lecture speaker was Dr. Austin Happel, a research biologist from @shedd_aquarium 🐟

Dr. Happel is interested in understanding the complexities of the Chicago River’s ecosystem, specifically in fish communities, as it represents one of the most heavily impacted rivers by urbanization and industrialization 🏙🌿🐟

Lunchtime Lectures will resume Monday, August 30th!

Today’s Lunchtime Lecture speaker was Dr. Austin Happel, a research biologist from @shedd_aquarium 🐟

Dr. Happel is interested in understanding the complexities of the Chicago River’s ecosystem, specifically in fish communities, as it represents one of the most heavily impacted rivers by urbanization and industrialization 🏙🌿🐟

Lunchtime Lectures will resume Monday, August 30th!

🌿✨Its a beautiful day on the Chicago River✨🌿Don’t forget to stop by the Bridgehouse Museum today! 🌉Explore five floors o...
08/14/2021

🌿✨Its a beautiful day on the Chicago River✨🌿

Don’t forget to stop by the Bridgehouse Museum today! 🌉

Explore five floors of Chicago River history and take in the beautiful views from the top of the Bridgehouse! 🏙☀️

#chicagoriverwalk #chicagotourist #chicagohistory #bridgelift #sunnyday #chicagoactivities #chicagoriver #urbanecology

🌿✨Its a beautiful day on the Chicago River✨🌿

Don’t forget to stop by the Bridgehouse Museum today! 🌉

Explore five floors of Chicago River history and take in the beautiful views from the top of the Bridgehouse! 🏙☀️

#chicagoriverwalk #chicagotourist #chicagohistory #bridgelift #sunnyday #chicagoactivities #chicagoriver #urbanecology

Join us this Monday, August 16th for our Lunchtime Lecture Series! 🌿☀️This week’s speaker is Dr. Austin Happel from the ...
08/13/2021

Join us this Monday, August 16th for our Lunchtime Lecture Series! 🌿☀️

This week’s speaker is Dr. Austin Happel from the Shedd Aquarium 🐟

Dr. Happel’s research focuses on how we can better conserve, manage, and restore freshwater aquatic ecosystems to promote thriving and diverse fish communities. 🐟🐠🐟🐠

He is especially interested in working to understand the Chicago River’s ecosystem as it represents one of the most heavily impacted rivers by urbanization and industrialization. He is also investigating what benefits reconciliation activities, such as Shedd’s floating wetlands in the Chicago River’s Wild Mile, can provide below the surface and how these benefits can be amplified in other urban waterways. 🌿

#chicagoriver #urbanecology #freeevent #chicagoriverwalk #riverecology #biology

Join us this Monday, August 16th for our Lunchtime Lecture Series! 🌿☀️

This week’s speaker is Dr. Austin Happel from the Shedd Aquarium 🐟

Dr. Happel’s research focuses on how we can better conserve, manage, and restore freshwater aquatic ecosystems to promote thriving and diverse fish communities. 🐟🐠🐟🐠

He is especially interested in working to understand the Chicago River’s ecosystem as it represents one of the most heavily impacted rivers by urbanization and industrialization. He is also investigating what benefits reconciliation activities, such as Shedd’s floating wetlands in the Chicago River’s Wild Mile, can provide below the surface and how these benefits can be amplified in other urban waterways. 🌿

#chicagoriver #urbanecology #freeevent #chicagoriverwalk #riverecology #biology

Another successful Lunchtime Lecture! 🌿✨This week Joshi Radin Flores from Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organiz...
08/09/2021

Another successful Lunchtime Lecture! 🌿✨

This week Joshi Radin Flores from Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) gave some great insight about community riverfront access in the Pilsen neighborhood. 🌳☀️

The second photo shows a detailed map of the places in Pilsen with riverfront access, most of which are located in close proximity to the Pilsen Industrial Corridor. Notice how a majority of the access points are located before Bubbly Creek 🏙

Join us next week to learn more about the fish in the Chicago River!

#chicagoriver #pilsen #perro #pollution #waterways #communityfirst #grassroots #riverfront #chicagoroverwalk #chicagoenvironmentalist

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the ✨Dave Matthews Band Chicago River incident✨ On August 8th, 2004 a Dave Matthews ...
08/08/2021

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the ✨Dave Matthews Band Chicago River incident✨

On August 8th, 2004 a Dave Matthews Band tour bus went over the Kinzie St. Bridge and emptied their septic tank into the river 💩

Coincidentally, The Chicago’s Little Lady tour boat was passing under the bridge and received the full contents of the tank.

In 2005, the bus driver pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months probation, 150 hours of community service, and paid a $10,000 fine to Friends of the Chicago River. Additionally, the Dave Matthews Band donated $50,000 to Friends of the Chicago River as well as the Chicago Park District, and a $200,000 settlement to the State of Illinois.⚖️

Fortunately, none of the passengers suffered any long term physical health effects from the incident.

Let this serve as a reminder that dumping or polluting in the Chicago River (and all U.S. waterways) is ILLEGAL!

#chicagoriver #kinziestreet #kinziestreetbridge #davematthewsband #pollution #chicagofact #chicagohistory #chicagoriverwalk #chicagoloopbridges

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the ✨Dave Matthews Band Chicago River incident✨

On August 8th, 2004 a Dave Matthews Band tour bus went over the Kinzie St. Bridge and emptied their septic tank into the river 💩

Coincidentally, The Chicago’s Little Lady tour boat was passing under the bridge and received the full contents of the tank.

In 2005, the bus driver pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months probation, 150 hours of community service, and paid a $10,000 fine to Friends of the Chicago River. Additionally, the Dave Matthews Band donated $50,000 to Friends of the Chicago River as well as the Chicago Park District, and a $200,000 settlement to the State of Illinois.⚖️

Fortunately, none of the passengers suffered any long term physical health effects from the incident.

Let this serve as a reminder that dumping or polluting in the Chicago River (and all U.S. waterways) is ILLEGAL!

#chicagoriver #kinziestreet #kinziestreetbridge #davematthewsband #pollution #chicagofact #chicagohistory #chicagoriverwalk #chicagoloopbridges

✨Lake Shore Drive Bridge✨Officially renamed Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive Bridge after Chicago’s first pe...
08/07/2021

✨Lake Shore Drive Bridge✨

Officially renamed Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive Bridge after Chicago’s first permanent resident and founder of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable 🌉

When it was first built in 1937, the Lake Shore Drive Bridge was the longest and widest bascule bridge in the world! 😲

Chicagoans used to call it the “Link Bridge” because it was the busiest connection between the northern and southern parts of the city. 🏙

#chicagobridges #bridgelift #lakeshoredrive #jeanbaptistepointedusable #chicagohistory #civilengineering #chicago #chicagoriver #chicagoriverwalk

✨Lake Shore Drive Bridge✨

Officially renamed Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive Bridge after Chicago’s first permanent resident and founder of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable 🌉

When it was first built in 1937, the Lake Shore Drive Bridge was the longest and widest bascule bridge in the world! 😲

Chicagoans used to call it the “Link Bridge” because it was the busiest connection between the northern and southern parts of the city. 🏙

#chicagobridges #bridgelift #lakeshoredrive #jeanbaptistepointedusable #chicagohistory #civilengineering #chicago #chicagoriver #chicagoriverwalk

This week’s Lunchtime Lecture Speaker is Joshi Radin Flores, artist and grassroots educator 🎨Joshi Radin Flores is an ar...
08/05/2021

This week’s Lunchtime Lecture Speaker is Joshi Radin Flores, artist and grassroots educator 🎨

Joshi Radin Flores is an artist and grassroots educator on the IL Solar for All programs for the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO). She is the co-creator of the Chemical (Re)Actions: On Environmental Struggles in Chicago program for the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

Join us Monday, August 9th at 12pm for this ✨FREE✨ event!! We hope to see you there 🤗

This week’s Lunchtime Lecture Speaker is Joshi Radin Flores, artist and grassroots educator 🎨

Joshi Radin Flores is an artist and grassroots educator on the IL Solar for All programs for the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO). She is the co-creator of the Chemical (Re)Actions: On Environmental Struggles in Chicago program for the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

Join us Monday, August 9th at 12pm for this ✨FREE✨ event!! We hope to see you there 🤗

Our first Lunchtime Lecture Series event of the year was a success! ☀️Thank you so much to Patrick McBriarty for a wonde...
08/02/2021

Our first Lunchtime Lecture Series event of the year was a success! ☀️Thank you so much to Patrick McBriarty for a wonderful lecture, and of course to everyone who attended! 🎤

#lunchtimelectureseries #lunchtimelecture #bridgehousemuseum #chicagomuseum #chicagomuseums #chicagoriverwalk #chicagoevents #historylessons #chicagohistory #windycityhistorians #chicagopodcast

Our first Lunchtime Lecture Series event of the year was a success! ☀️Thank you so much to Patrick McBriarty for a wonderful lecture, and of course to everyone who attended! 🎤

#lunchtimelectureseries #lunchtimelecture #bridgehousemuseum #chicagomuseum #chicagomuseums #chicagoriverwalk #chicagoevents #historylessons #chicagohistory #windycityhistorians #chicagopodcast

Have you ever wondered how Chicago’s bridges lift?? 🤔🌉⚙️Come on into the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum to find out!...
07/31/2021

Have you ever wondered how Chicago’s bridges lift?? 🤔🌉

⚙️Come on into the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum to find out!! ⚙️

✨Open Thursday-Monday 10:00-5:00 ✨

#chicagoriver #chicagoloopbridges #chicagomuseum #chicagoriverwalk #chicagotourist #bridgelift

Have you ever wondered how Chicago’s bridges lift?? 🤔🌉

⚙️Come on into the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum to find out!! ⚙️

✨Open Thursday-Monday 10:00-5:00 ✨

#chicagoriver #chicagoloopbridges #chicagomuseum #chicagoriverwalk #chicagotourist #bridgelift

Join us this Monday, August 2nd for our first Lunchtime Lecture of the season!! ☀️This week’s speaker is author, podcast...
07/30/2021

Join us this Monday, August 2nd for our first Lunchtime Lecture of the season!! ☀️

This week’s speaker is author, podcast host, and bridge historian, Patrick McBriarty ⚙️🌉

Almost two decades ago, Patrick McBriarty discovered a fascination for Chicago’s bridges. What started as a simple curiosity became compelling enough for McBriarty to leave the business world to become a writer, historian, and creative 📚🌉

Lunchtime Lectures will be held on the Bridgehouse Museum patio at 12:00 and are ✨FREE✨ to the public!

#freechicagoevents #chicagoriverwalk #chicagoriver #chicagohistory #historyofchicago #chicagoloopbridges #chicagotourist

Join us this Monday, August 2nd for our first Lunchtime Lecture of the season!! ☀️

This week’s speaker is author, podcast host, and bridge historian, Patrick McBriarty ⚙️🌉

Almost two decades ago, Patrick McBriarty discovered a fascination for Chicago’s bridges. What started as a simple curiosity became compelling enough for McBriarty to leave the business world to become a writer, historian, and creative 📚🌉

Lunchtime Lectures will be held on the Bridgehouse Museum patio at 12:00 and are ✨FREE✨ to the public!

#freechicagoevents #chicagoriverwalk #chicagoriver #chicagohistory #historyofchicago #chicagoloopbridges #chicagotourist

Join us Monday, August 2nd for our first Lunchtime Lecture of 2021!🌉⚙️Lunchtime Lectures will be held on the Bridgehouse...
07/26/2021

Join us Monday, August 2nd for our first Lunchtime Lecture of 2021!
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Lunchtime Lectures will be held on the Bridgehouse Museum’s patio and are ✨FREE✨to the public!

Most Mondays from 12:00-12:45!

Our first speaker is Patrick McBriarty, bridge historian, author, and podcast host. 🏙

Almost two decades ago, Patrick McBriarty discovered a fascination for Chicago’s bridges. What started as a simple curiosity became compelling enough for McBriarty to leave the business world to become a writer, author, and creative. 🌉📚

#chicagoriverwalk #chicagoloopbridges #basculetrunion #bridgelift #civilengineering #chicagoactivities #chicagofreeevents #chicagohistory #windycityhistorians

Join us Monday, August 2nd for our first Lunchtime Lecture of 2021!
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Lunchtime Lectures will be held on the Bridgehouse Museum’s patio and are ✨FREE✨to the public!

Most Mondays from 12:00-12:45!

Our first speaker is Patrick McBriarty, bridge historian, author, and podcast host. 🏙

Almost two decades ago, Patrick McBriarty discovered a fascination for Chicago’s bridges. What started as a simple curiosity became compelling enough for McBriarty to leave the business world to become a writer, author, and creative. 🌉📚

#chicagoriverwalk #chicagoloopbridges #basculetrunion #bridgelift #civilengineering #chicagoactivities #chicagofreeevents #chicagohistory #windycityhistorians

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376 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
60601

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

+13129770227

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