McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum celebrates Chicago’s river and movable bridges We will be re-opening May 2021.
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Join us to explore a historic bridge tower and learn the history of the Chicago River and its famous movable bridges.

Thank you for a successful season! We will be back next May.
12/05/2023

Thank you for a successful season! We will be back next May.

A Splendid Season at the Bridgehouse Museum December 04, 2023 The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum wrapped up a successful 17th season this year welcoming over 20,000 people. Serving as both the educational hub of Friends of the Chicago River and the cultural hub of the Chicago R...

Our Halloween event Eerie Evening is coming up soon! Join us October 19th and 20th to experience the museum in a brand n...
10/05/2023

Our Halloween event Eerie Evening is coming up soon! Join us October 19th and 20th to experience the museum in a brand new way! Stories of Chicago's dark past will be told in a transformed museum while guests can enjoy snacks and drinks from
Two Brothers Brewing Company on our Riverwalk Plaza.

Tickets for the tour are now available and all proceeds benefit Friends of the Chicago River's Bridgehouse Museum.

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Our 10th Annual Autumn Cruise is coming up next Wednesday September 27th. Tickets are still available at the link in our...
09/21/2023

Our 10th Annual Autumn Cruise is coming up next Wednesday September 27th. Tickets are still available at the link in our bio but they are moving fast! This fun evening on the river will have entertainment from the incredible with appetizers and an open bar provided by and

Thank you to for providing the boat for the evening plus our presenting sponsors and

Lead sponsors for the evening are and the Fletcher Family. Other sponsors include and

Guess the river critter!This creature is found near water but do not swim as adults. What is it?
08/26/2023

Guess the river critter!
This creature is found near water but do not swim as adults. What is it?

Can you name where on the Chicago River this photo was taken? Comment below! Also submit your creative interpretations o...
08/24/2023

Can you name where on the Chicago River this photo was taken? Comment below!

Also submit your creative interpretations of life on the Chicago River to the art contest in our bio!

(Photography courtesy of Bridgehouse Museum Associate Julia)

08/24/2023
The Bridgehouse Museum will have adjusted hours due to the heat index. We will open at 1pm Thursday the 24th and close a...
08/23/2023

The Bridgehouse Museum will have adjusted hours due to the heat index. We will open at 1pm Thursday the 24th and close at 5pm.

Stay safe Chicago 🌅

Chicago Bridgehouse news!! We are excited to begin offering caricatures on the Riverwalk! They are all drawn by our very...
08/12/2023

Chicago Bridgehouse news!! We are excited to begin offering caricatures on the Riverwalk! They are all drawn by our very own Museum Associate Julia.

Come say hi and get a caricature :) All proceeds go to the nonprofit Friends of the Chicago River. 🌊

Are you an artist? Are you inspired by the Chicago River? Submit to compete for your Chicago River themed artwork to be ...
08/02/2023

Are you an artist? Are you inspired by the Chicago River?

Submit to compete for your Chicago River themed artwork to be displayed at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum throughout September and October.

The google form to submit can be found in our bio.

Our annual fundraiser, Autumn Cruise, turns 10 this year! Join us on September 27th to celebrate on a two hour cruise wi...
07/13/2023

Our annual fundraiser, Autumn Cruise, turns 10 this year! Join us on September 27th to celebrate on a two hour cruise with including live entertainment, an open bar, and appetizers from local restaurants. Early bird tickets are on sale through July 27th so don’t wait! Link in our bio.

Do you know the history of Chicago’s “Bubbly Creek”? If not, you’ll be surprised by the polluted history of the Chicago ...
05/31/2023

Do you know the history of Chicago’s “Bubbly Creek”?

If not, you’ll be surprised by the polluted history of the Chicago river, and the incredible transformation it has gone through. This is a photo from 1902 of a man standing on part of the Chicago river, where bubbles of gas from animal waste collected and rotted. Today it is a protected wetland! 🌾

Happy Mother’s Day! To celebrate, we are FREE today! Come meet our new staff from 10am - 5pm.
05/14/2023

Happy Mother’s Day! To celebrate, we are FREE today! Come meet our new staff from 10am - 5pm.

Opening Day is here! Join us this weekend for free admission on both Saturday and Sunday! We are open from 10am to 5pm b...
05/12/2023

Opening Day is here! Join us this weekend for free admission on both Saturday and Sunday! We are open from 10am to 5pm both days.

Our 17th season begins this Saturday and to celebrate we will be free all weekend! Come by to meet our new staff, take a...
05/09/2023

Our 17th season begins this Saturday and to celebrate we will be free all weekend! Come by to meet our new staff, take a free tour, and check out our Chicago River is Wild Science Station.

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Bridge Lifts are back! While we do not open to the public until May 13th, you can still watch the lifts from the Chicago...
04/17/2023

Bridge Lifts are back! While we do not open to the public until May 13th, you can still watch the lifts from the Chicago Riverwalk.

We do not accept reservations for the spring lifts as they are difficult to time, but visit us on a Wednesday or Saturday starting May 13th for a chance to see the bridge opening from inside the museum.

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The 27 bridges from Ashland Avenue to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will begin raising 8 a.m. Saturday as sailboats move to Lake Michigan.

04/12/2023
We are hiring for the 2023 season! Join our small team as a Bridgehouse Museum Associate to learn the ins-and-outs of a ...
03/28/2023

We are hiring for the 2023 season! Join our small team as a Bridgehouse Museum Associate to learn the ins-and-outs of a small museum. We have three seasonal positions (2 FT and 1 PT) available running from May 13th through October 28th. Link to the job description on our website.

It’s our last day of the 2022 season! Come say hi to our mascot Bridge Tender Otis and see us off for the winter. Thanks...
10/29/2022

It’s our last day of the 2022 season! Come say hi to our mascot Bridge Tender Otis and see us off for the winter. Thanks for a great season!

Tickets are selling fast for our annual fundraiser Autumn Cruise. Get your tickets today for next Thursday 10/13 for a f...
10/04/2022

Tickets are selling fast for our annual fundraiser Autumn Cruise. Get your tickets today for next Thursday 10/13 for a fun nighttime cruise with an open bar, snacks, and entertainment from the Bitney & Bach duo. We are going further up the North Branch than ever before -- all the way to Rockwell.

https://bit.ly/AutumnCruise2022

Chicago is rich in spooky tales and spine-tingling hauntings. Immerse yourself in the eerie experiences, sinister storie...
09/30/2022

Chicago is rich in spooky tales and spine-tingling hauntings. Immerse yourself in the eerie experiences, sinister stories, delicious drinks, and something certain to be sweet at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Celebrate the haunted season in an elegant fashion at this historic museum on the beautiful Chicago Riverwalk. Entry to the event is at the museum plaza on the Chicago Riverwalk.

Tickets include scary stories, spooky experiences, drinks, and snacks. Special thanks to Two Brothers Brewing for their generous in-kind donation of a variety of their delicious beverages.

When you purchase a ticket, you also are signing up for a time slot for entry into the museum. Please arrive to the museum at your scheduled time. See you there! 🎃👻⚰️🔮✨

Join Friends, our partners, and supporters as we travel down the Chicago River this fall at the 9th Annual Bridgehouse M...
08/21/2022

Join Friends, our partners, and supporters as we travel down the Chicago River this fall at the 9th Annual Bridgehouse Museum Autumn Cruise benefitting the education and public outreach programs of the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.

This year’s cruise – a festive way to get to know less familiar reaches of the river system – is Thursday, October 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the link in our bio.

Next Thursday we will be hosting a free Panel Discussion on our Riverwalk Plaza all about litter and plastic pollution. ...
07/14/2022

Next Thursday we will be hosting a free Panel Discussion on our Riverwalk Plaza all about litter and plastic pollution. Joining us for the discussion is Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Kim Neely Du Buclet as moderator. The panel will begin promptly at 12:30pm.

On the panel are:
Tim Hoellein Ph.D., Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago
Chelsey Grassfield, Policy Manager at Friends of the Chicago River
Jaclyn Wegner, Director of Conservation Action at Shedd Aquarium

Please join us!

The Bridgehouse Museum and  are thrilled to present and host a free series of panel discussions on our Riverwalk Plaza t...
07/07/2022

The Bridgehouse Museum and are thrilled to present and host a free series of panel discussions on our Riverwalk Plaza this Summer. The rest of the series will take place on several Thursdays throughout the season and will be announced soon. The first of these discussions tackles the very dire yet complicated issue of plastic pollution in our waterways. Moderated by Commissioner Kimberly Du Buclet with a panel of experts from and Friends of the Chicago River. The discussion is on Thursday, July 21st from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and is free to the public.

Looking for something to do in Chicago during the holiday weekend? The museum is open from 10 to 5 on Saturday and Sunda...
07/02/2022

Looking for something to do in Chicago during the holiday weekend? The museum is open from 10 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday (and on Sunday, admission is free!)

There are many different species of dragonfly and damselfly that are indigenous to the Chicago River System! Can you hel...
06/22/2022

There are many different species of dragonfly and damselfly that are indigenous to the Chicago River System! Can you help us identify this one?🤔

We are excited to debut our new “The Chicago River is Wild Science Station” on the museum plaza for this season! People ...
06/17/2022

We are excited to debut our new “The Chicago River is Wild Science Station” on the museum plaza for this season! People of all ages will be able to engage with the cart to learn about wildlife, the role of wetlands through a watershed model, macroinvertebrates, water quality testing, and more! This cart is a free experience linked to the Bridgehouse Museum, so come check it out down on the Chicago Riverwalk! This exhibit is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and will be available every day that we are open this season.

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376 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
60601

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

+13129770227

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