The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, Chicago

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TripAdvisor
  • This is gorgeous and such a beautiful piece of history. If you're really big into history and monuments this would be great to see. If you're not huge into that, this is definitely worth checking out ...  more »
  • Chicago is full of bridges, and the displays in this little museum give you a historic tour of them. Distributed among many levels of the Bridgehouse, you will find interesting informational panels an...  more »
  • An interesting design statement on an otherwise ordinary looking bridge. It reminded me of some of the ornate bridge decorations I saw in Paris. As we walked past it last December, i was not even awar...  more »
Google
  • Neat place to check out if you are interested in bridges or Chicago in general.
  • Very cool place to learn and see the mechanics of bridges. You can also get interesting views of the river and city
  • Fun and inexpensive. Great history.
  • quite small but free once a week. there are two entrances which is why there are multiple addresses for this place.
  • 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.