Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum - Overview:
It's a great spot for witnessing the gears of one of Chicago's most notable bridges in action, for getting unequaled views of the river and Michigan Avenue, and for learning a bit more about the city's bridge history.
According to the museum, the Michigan Avenue bridge is the first double-deck, double-leaf trunnion bascule bridge ever built.
Take a Photo Tour of the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum - Location and Address:
The McCormick-Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
375 N. Michigan
Using the CTA/RTA/Metra Trip Planner
Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum - Hours:
Bridgehouse Hours: Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum - Admission:
Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum - A Note About Accessibility:
That said, the first floor and the gear room are wheelchair accessible. They also offer computer stations on the first floor to view some of the exhibits. The museum notes that the ramp from Wacker Drive to the river walk below is particularly steep. They encourage you to call (312) 977-0227 if you need further information or wish to discuss the accessibility issues in greater depth.
Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum - Additional Info:
- You can arrange to watch a Michigan Avenue bridge lift from the museum by calling (312) 939-0490, ext. 23. The fee is $10. The bridge lifts occur about 100 times a season in order to let tall sail boats and other vessels through. Please note: The timing of the bridge lifts is far from clockwork. They often run late or not at all. On the day we bought tickets for a bridge lift, it never materialized. This is out of the hands of the museum.
- The Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum is run by the Friends of the Chicago River.
- Visit the Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum official website.