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McCormick Bridgehouse Museum, 376 N Michigan Ave. at River level, 99 E. Riverwalk, 312-977-0227 Online
Learn about the History of the DeSable Bridge (Michigan Ave). Fun fact: The first day it opened they accidentally raised the bridge when there were still four cars on it. Police fired their revolvers to get the attention of the bridge tender to stop raising the bridge.
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.