When: Monday, July 10 – August 28, 2017 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Weather permitting.
Where: McCormick Bridgehouse Museum, 376 N Michigan Ave. (at River level, 99 E. Riverwalk ), 312-977-0227
- July 10, 2017 Projects On and Along the River by Colonel Christopher T. Drew, District Commander, US Army Corp of Engineers
- Incorporating Native Plants into Urban Gardens by Kris Sorich, Chicago Department of Transportation (7/17)
- Invasive Species in the River by Dr. Philip Willink, The Shedd Aquarium (7/24)
- Water Quality and Testing Methods by Jennifer Wasik, MWRD (7/31)
- 1812 Chicago: A Scalping, a Murder, and a Massacre by Author Patrick McBriarty, PTM Werks (8/14)
- Riverworks: Art in the River by Professor Linda Keane, School of the Art Institute (8/28)
About Chicago Bridgehouse Museum
Friends of the Chicago River opened the seasonal landmark five-story McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum in 2006 to provide new access and understanding of the relationship between Chicago and its river. The Bridgehouse Museum is the cultural anchor of the new Chicago Riverwalk and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every summer.
Exhibits celebrate Chicago’s river and world-famous movable bridges. Visitors also learn why it’s important to protect the river and how to participate in its rehabilitation.
On bridge lift days the museum’s gear room gives visitors a look at the moving gears as they lift the Michigan Avenue bridge leaf, allowing boat traffic to pass through. This is a uniquely Chicago event.
COTC note: COTC remembers when bridge tenders were stationed in the southeast Michigan Avenue bridgehouse.
Sometimes they would be hanging out at the window and would wave at passersby.
The bridges were manned 24/7 with three shifts of operators. These were much maligned cushy city patronage jobs. How many bridges go up at 2AM?
The last permanent bridge tender along the Chicago River was at the Kinzie Bridge in 1999. There are still a few tended bridges on the Calumet River.