The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, Chicago
(4.3/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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  • Sunday is free but during the week it's about $6. The museum gets crowded if there are more than 30 or so people because the stairs aren't very wide & the viewing areas aren't huge. Interesting photo'...  more »
  • An iconic bridge over the Chicago River. A must while walking down Michigan Avenue back and forth from Millennium Park. 
  • Inside this bridgehouse you can see how the bridge lift mechanism works by looking at the actual mechanical workings of the bridge. There's a small exhibit explaig the history of the Chicago river as ...  more »
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  • Very cool place to learn and see the mechanics of bridges. You can also get interesting views of the river and city
  • Pros: Unique, rich source of Chicago history, friendly and informative staff. Cons: No parking, not disabled access friendly, very narrow stairs. The Bridgehouse & River Museum is a tiny gem of a museum situated in one of the most highly trafficked areas of the city by the Michigan Ave (Dusable ) Bridge. The entrance, located at the base of the southwest tower, is situated on the newly built Riverwalk which will surely enhance its exposure. The museum is very small and there are about 5 stories of narrow stairwells to climb. Nonetheless, getting a behind the scenes look inside the tower and the gears under the bridge of one of the most iconic pieces of Chicago architecture makes this well worth it. The exhibits and views are interesting and unique.
  • This is a very small museum, but very interesting with views of the actual gears that raise the bridge! If you time your visit right, you'll see all this in action! Bridge lifts are infrequent, but you can generally catch it every Wednesday and Saturday around mid-day during peak Spring and Fall seasons when sailboats are moving to and from the lake. This is a great stop along Chicago's terrific riverwalk promenade!
  • Nice to see the progression of the river and the city.
  • Well, I actually didn't get the chance to see the exhibition of the museum because it didn't open when I was here at 10:51 on Wednesday morning. The website says it opens at 10am but there was a note on their gate saying they would open at 10:30am today. However it was still closed when I got here around 10:40am. The visitors were waiting outside. Some tried knocking on the door. Nobody answered. I tried to call but it was transferred to voice mail. I am leaving now :-(