McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum celebrates Chicago’s river and world-famous movable bridges, and offers visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse.
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Join us from May 18th to November 3rd, 2019 to explore a historic bridge tower and learn the history of the Chicago River and its famous movable bridges.

Operating as usual

Friends of the Chicago River
11/06/2020

Friends of the Chicago River

Tonight! The Born to be Wild Silent Auction is open to 10 p.m. tonight (11/5), please make your bids now! Many great auction items to choose from including a special rental of the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Check out all the silent auction items and make your bid at https://bit.ly/34QIpTR.

Our last weekend of the 2020 season is here! Swing by the Bridgehouse Museum Thurs (2-7pm), Fri (12-7pm), or Sat (10-5pm...
10/29/2020

Our last weekend of the 2020 season is here! Swing by the Bridgehouse Museum Thurs (2-7pm), Fri (12-7pm), or Sat (10-5pm) before we hibernate. We also have a few slots left for the Bridge Lift Viewing on Saturday morning. More info on our website. #chicagoriverwalk #chicagomuseums #chicagohistory #chicagoriver #bridgehousemuseum

10/22/2020

We still have spots for Bridge Lift Viewing open for 10/24 and 10/31. Call us to make a reservation! 312-977-0226. #chicago #chicagobridges #basculebridge #museum #chicagoriverwalk

We are open today until 7pm. Friday from 12-7pm. And Saturday 10am-5pm.
10/22/2020
Friends of the Chicago River

We are open today until 7pm. Friday from 12-7pm. And Saturday 10am-5pm.

The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is open today, Friday and Saturday - visit us! See a major refresh of the museum's exhibits that showcase a river teeming with wildlife. Also, check out bridge lift viewing every Saturday through October and special private rental viewings on Wednesdays. https://bit.ly/2GqkOQg

10/17/2020

Sometimes even Bridgehouse Museum employees get stuck waiting for a bridge lift! @chicago.dot #chicago #chicagobridges #magmile #michiganavenue #chicagoriver

How clean is the Chicago River? You can test the water at the Bridgehouse Museum using our @earthecho simple testing kit...
09/25/2020

How clean is the Chicago River? You can test the water at the Bridgehouse Museum using our @earthecho simple testing kit. Swing by to test it yourself! #bridgehousemuseum #chicagoriver #chicagomuseums #conservation #waterquality #chicagoriverwalk @ Chicago Riverwalk

Some info on the bridge lifts including some possible delays at Lake Shore Drive. Make your reservations for our fall li...
09/24/2020
Chicago fall bridge lifts start Wednesday; Lake Shore Drive lifts could take 45 minutes

Some info on the bridge lifts including some possible delays at Lake Shore Drive. Make your reservations for our fall lifts by calling the museum at 312-977-0227.

https://news.yahoo.com/chicago-fall-bridge-lifts-start-132400869.html

Fall bridge lifts were scheduled to start Wednesday on the Chicago River’s main and south branches, with raising and lower the Lake Shore Drive Bridge taking possibly much longer than usual because of construction, according to the city. Bridge lifts will start around 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday and...

It’s bridge lift season! Come see the 100 year old DuSable Bridge be raised from inside the museum. We will be open on S...
09/15/2020

It’s bridge lift season! Come see the 100 year old DuSable Bridge be raised from inside the museum. We will be open on Saturday mornings for bridge lift viewing through the end of October. Wednesday mornings are also available for group rental. For more info, see the Events page on our website. Link in bio. #bridgehousemuseum #chicagobridges #dusablebridge

Information on viewing the upcoming fall bridge lifts has been posted on our website. Join us for this one-of-a-kind exp...
09/12/2020
Events — McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Information on viewing the upcoming fall bridge lifts has been posted on our website. Join us for this one-of-a-kind experience this fall on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

www.bridgehousemuseum.org/events

To accommodate sail boats and other tall vessels traveling between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, Chicago's bridges open approximately 40 times a year from April to November. Witnessing the Michigan Avenue Bridge opening from inside the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a t...

We are open from 2pm to 7pm today. You can’t beat this view of @wendellaboats and @thewrigleybuilding from our newly ref...
09/10/2020

We are open from 2pm to 7pm today. You can’t beat this view of @wendellaboats and @thewrigleybuilding from our newly refreshed fifth floor! #chicago #chicagomuseums #chicagoriver #chicagoriverwalk #michiganavenue

Our new exhibit designed by @space_haus is in. This is our brand new first floor redesign. We refreshed our lobby, first...
09/05/2020

Our new exhibit designed by @space_haus is in. This is our brand new first floor redesign. We refreshed our lobby, first floor, and fifth floor with all new content. We are open today from 10am-5pm so stop by! @chicago_riverwalk #chicagomuseums #chicagobridges #chicagoriver #chicagoriverwalk #chicagohistory #chicago #bridgehousemuseum

Tomorrow is the big day! Starting tomorrow, September 3rd through the end of October, our hours will be: Thursday 2pm - ...
09/02/2020
Tickets and Hours — McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Tomorrow is the big day! Starting tomorrow, September 3rd through the end of October, our hours will be:

Thursday 2pm - 7pm
Friday 12pm - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

Come see our new exhibits and experience the Bridgehouse Museum on the Chicago Riverwalk. More info on our safety procedures, admission, and group visits here:

http://www.bridgehousemuseum.org/plan-a-visit

Visit the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Hours of operation, general admission ticket prices and group visit information.

Are you a member of @friendsofthechicagoriver or looking to become one? Join us tomorrow for a sneak peak at the new Bri...
08/26/2020

Are you a member of @friendsofthechicagoriver or looking to become one? Join us tomorrow for a sneak peak at the new Bridgehouse Museum exhibits - designed by @space_haus - from 12pm to 7pm. Not a member? You can become one at the front desk! #bridgehousemuseum #chicago #chicagomuseums #chicagoriverwalk #chicagobridges

This Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. is the Grand Reopening All Members Preview Day at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago ...
08/26/2020
Membership - Donate - Friends of the Chicago River

This Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. is the Grand Reopening All Members Preview Day at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum - FREE to all Friends members.
Become a member of Friends today and enjoy the special preview day this Thursday.
McComick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
Members Preview Day
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Noon to 7 p.m.
99 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago (Michigan & Wacker)
Main Entrance Riverwalk Level
Free to members
https://www.chicagoriver.org/donate/membership

We're thrilled that you would like to add your voice to the growing and diverse chorus calling for a cleaner, healthier Chicago River system. We can't thank you enough for your involvement and support of Friends of the Chicago River's mission!  

We are happy to announce that we will be opening our doors for the 2020 season next Thursday, September 3rd. We will be ...
08/24/2020
Chicago River Museum opens for season with refreshed exhibits and more fish

We are happy to announce that we will be opening our doors for the 2020 season next Thursday, September 3rd. We will be operating on a 3-day a week schedule and have put in place increased safety measures for our guests and staff. Thank you to Loop North for covering our ribbon cutting event last Friday. For more information, please see our website.

https://www.loopnorth.com/news/river0824.htm

Friends of the Chicago River says there has been a 'dramatic turnaround' of the health of the Chicago River.

Thanks StreetWise!
07/27/2020

Thanks StreetWise!

StreetWise is BACK IN PRINT! Make sure to visit you favorite vendor TODAY and pick up our special Michigan Avenue Bridge Centennial Story!

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07/01/2020

Fun fact: if even just one boat signs up for a lift day, CDOT will still proceed with the lift procession from Ashland Avenue all the way to Lake Michigan. This was from today, July 1st, 2020.

06/17/2020
We plan to livestream the bridge lift today so keep an eye on our page for the video! It is difficult to predict a time ...
06/17/2020

We plan to livestream the bridge lift today so keep an eye on our page for the video! It is difficult to predict a time but likely between 11am and 1pm. Thank you!

A special gift from our friends behind the documentary Chicago Drawbridges: During the COVID-19 pandemic you can view th...
05/21/2020
Newsletters - Patrick T. McBriarty

A special gift from our friends behind the documentary Chicago Drawbridges:

During the COVID-19 pandemic you can view the documentary Chicago Drawbridges online for FREE! A LINK to the film is is provided on the Thank You for Subscribing page that follows.

Co-producers Stephen Hatch and Patrick McBriarty wanted to share this uplifting story of Chicago through the lens of its bridges as a Special Release and respite from these uncertain times.

We hope you will enjoy it.

http://pmcbriarty.com/about-2/newsletters/

Subscribe to Our Mailing List Please register to learn more receive occasional updates and blog posts about McBriarty’s work and his creative partnerships with Hatch Werks LLC and the Windy City Historians podcast. During the COVID-19 pandemic you can view the documentary Chicago Drawbridges onlin...

05/14/2020
Happy 100th Anniversary to the DuSable Bridge

Friends of the Chicago River presents a 100th anniversary celebration of the opening of DuSable Bridge featuring city officials, historians, and musicians. Hosted by our McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.

Join us at 7pm tonight for a special livestream celebration! Right here on our FB page. And thank you to WTTW - Chicago ...
05/14/2020
The DuSable Bridge is Turning 100, And We’re All Invited to the Virtual Party

Join us at 7pm tonight for a special livestream celebration! Right here on our FB page. And thank you to WTTW - Chicago PBS for the coverage this morning.

https://news.wttw.com/2020/05/14/chicago-history-dusable-bridge-turns-100-years-old

The bridge, which spans the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue, paved the way for development of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Tune in at 7 p.m. Thursday to celebrate its past and present.

Thank you to Blair Kamin for this great article in the Chicago Tribune this morning. Please tune in tomorrow night at 7p...
05/13/2020
Column: Chicago’s DuSable Bridge, originally the Michigan Avenue Bridge, turns 100 Thursday. Here’s why the centennial matters.

Thank you to Blair Kamin for this great article in the Chicago Tribune this morning. Please tune in tomorrow night at 7pm here on our FB page for a program celebrating 100 years of the DuSable Bridge!

https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/blair-kamin/ct-biz-dusable-bridge-turns-100-kamin-20200513-7bw5i5btzzfdtn5mkkvhmtxu3u-story.html

A graceful masterpiece of form and function, the span over the Chicago River both reflects the city's history and changed the way it was built.

05/13/2020

Join us this Thursday evening here on our page for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the DuSable Bridge. View the trailer for a sneak peak at some of our special guests.

One week from today, the DuSable Bridge (formally, Michigan Avenue Bridge) turns 100 years old. The bridge opened on May...
05/07/2020

One week from today, the DuSable Bridge (formally, Michigan Avenue Bridge) turns 100 years old. The bridge opened on May 14th, 1920 to great fanfare. While we are unable to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this momentous occasion in person, we will be celebrating virtually. Join us here on Thursday, May 14th at 7pm CST for a special livestream birthday party featuring special guests ranging from historians, musicians, architects, City of Chicago officials, and more! Keep an eye out for more information coming over the next week.

*Photo credit and exact date is unknown, but provided by Wendella. Photo of the bridge from the north side of the Chicago River.

Happy Earth Day to everyone! While we may be inside, we are still able to celebrate the great strides that have been mad...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day to everyone! While we may be inside, we are still able to celebrate the great strides that have been made to restore nature and our Chicago River for people, plants, and animals. We look forward to reopening eventually this year and continuing our efforts. Photo taken during our Earth Day Cruise last year with @wendellaboats #earthday #happyearthday #chicagoriver #chicago #bridgehousemuseum #wendella #bluegreencorridor

We hope that everyone is staying healthy, safe, and staying inside if you are able to. We will be opening this season as...
04/02/2020

We hope that everyone is staying healthy, safe, and staying inside if you are able to. We will be opening this season as soon as it is deemed safe, so keep an eye on our page and website for updates. This season we will have brand new exhibits from @space_haus along with all of our signatures events and tours. Remember we are also available as a rental for private events/parties as well. #bridgehousemuseum #chicagomuseums #chicagoriverwalk #smallmuseums #chicagoriver #chicagobridges

Friends of the Chicago River
03/17/2020

Friends of the Chicago River

Even as we were imagining how to keep on celebrating St. Patrick's Day without a green river someone took it upon themselves to pour dye into the Upper North Branch.

Dyeing the river breaks the laws of the Clean Water Act, and who knows what was in it?

This photo was taken Saturday, March 14 a few blocks south of Foster and west of Kimball. Ask your friends and neighbors what they saw where and we will share it with the appropriate authorities. Photos, times, and locations can go to [email protected]. Thank you!

#cleanwater #healthyrivers #happyfish

Friends of the Chicago River
02/12/2020

Friends of the Chicago River

If you look closely at things, you may be surprised by what you see. Consider the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago 's Great Train Story exhibit.This huge train set presents 2,200 miles of scenery and stories from Chicago to Seattle along 1,400 feet of winding track.
Friends' board president Sally Fletcher recently spotted a certain museum we're all fond of -- Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker on the Chicago Riverwalk.
The real Bridgehouse museum opens May 9 and the 2020 season is going to be extra special! We've refreshed some of the exhibits and added better lighting to give visitors an even better experience exploring the great history of the Chicago River and its bridgehouses. Put it on your to-do list for this summer!
http://www.bridgehousemuseum.org/

Friends of the Chicago River is hiring a Communication Director. Please see the job ad here and pass this along to possi...
02/10/2020
Employment with Friends - Job Opportunities - Get Involved - Friends of the Chicago River

Friends of the Chicago River is hiring a Communication Director. Please see the job ad here and pass this along to possible candidates.

https://www.chicagoriver.org/get-involved/job-opportunities/employment-with-friends

Thank you for your interest in Friends of the Chicago River. Our award-winning nonprofit is the only organization exclusively dedicated to improving and protecting the Chicago River. 

We are excited to have a new neighbor opening this season - Beat Kitchen Riverwalk will be sharing our patio space and o...
01/30/2020
Chicago Riverwalk gaining its first indoor dining space when Beat Kitchen opens new location this spring

We are excited to have a new neighbor opening this season - Beat Kitchen Riverwalk will be sharing our patio space and offering food, a full bar, and the only indoor dining space on the Chicago Riverwalk. Combine a trip to the museum with a stop at the Beat Kitchen this season.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-food-beat-kitchen-riverwalk-chicago-new-20200129-ozxw574uqffp7dlvgm2jk3py24-story.html

After 30 years on Belmont, Beat Kitchen — one of Chicago’s beloved music and dining venues — will be shaking a leg to the downtown riverfront in spring.

Friends of the Chicago River
01/22/2020

Friends of the Chicago River

A reporter recently asked us, "So what's the big deal about native plants vs non-native plants?"
One big deal is that natives absorb water better, helping keep
pollution from running into the river. This absorption power , can also help reduce flooding by soaking up rainfall and melting snow before the sewage system gets overwhelmed.
These graphics help tell the story.

We are excited to open up the museum for two days this winter for the Daily Planet Productions GiveaShirt pop-up shop wi...
12/04/2019
Daily Planet 'Give A Shi*t' popup returns to the Bridgehouse Dec. 5-6 | Reel Chicago - Midwest film, audio, production, TV, and advertising

We are excited to open up the museum for two days this winter for the Daily Planet Productions GiveaShirt pop-up shop with all proceeds benefiting StreetWise. The shop will be open from 11am-7pm this Thursday and Friday. All shirts are made by local artists and a screen printing demo will be occurring on site. Stop in a take a look!

This year’s line of 'Give A Shi*t' t-shirts will debut at a popup store on Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive on December 5 and 6

Address

376 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
60601

The best way to get to the Bridgehouse Museum is by public transit. Michigan Avenue buses that stop near the Bridgehouse are plentiful. They include: #11, #33, #125, #145, #146, #147, #151 and #157. If traveling by train, it is best to exit at the State & Lake Station, Blue Line riders should exit at Clark & Lake Station. Walk east to Michigan Avenue and North to the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The Bridgehouse will be on your left. For a more details, visit www.yourcta.com. The trip planner will help you chart your course. We also have a parking promotion, thanks to SpotHero: Parking Reserve discounted parking with SpotHero! Even better, SpotHero is offering drivers an additional $5 OFF with promo code BRIDGEHOUSE Here's how it works: 1. Download the SpotHero iPhone|Android app or visit the Bridgehouse Museum SpotHero parking page. http://spothero.com/chicago/mccormick-bridgehouse-and-chicago-river-museum-parking 2. Enter your desired destination and reserve a nearby spot. 3. Use Promo code BRIDGEHOUSE at checkout for $5 OFF! Happy Parking:)

General information

General admission:$6 Adults over 62: $5 Children 6 to 12 years old: $5 Free for children age five and younger Free on Sundays Bridge lift viewing tickets: $10 Bridge Lift Breakfast tickets: $15

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(312) 977-0227

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