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McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum


99 E. Riverwalk
NE corner of Michigan & Wacker, Riverwalk Level




Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 9am - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted


Edward Bennett, 1920


This five-story, 1,400-square-foot bridgehouse was designed by Edward Bennett. It's part of the revolutionary 1920 double-decker Michigan Avenue (now DuSable) bridge. It was further embellished in 1928 with a bas-relief by Henry Herring titled “The Defenders." The relief commemorates the Fort Dearborn Battle of 1812. The bridgehouse itself is crowned by an urn and a pyramidal roof above an emphatic cornice. The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is operated by Friends of the Chicago River and is dedicated to celebrating Chicago’s river and world-famous movable bridges.

Behind the Scenes

Go inside the bridgehouse and view the massive gears of Chicago’s most famous movable bridge. Learn the history of the Chicago River and experience a unique 360-degree view from the bridgehouse tower that looks out over the Magnificent Mile.


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