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 »
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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 :-(