What to expect
- Take a stroll along the Chicago River, crossing over several bridges and learning their unique histories along the way
- Find out fantastic information about this special part of Chicago, courtesy of the museum's expert staff
- Learn the techniques to guessing the age of any bridge -- an awesome party trick!
- Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, a must-visit for any Chicago trip
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About this Activity
Take a guided loop around the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, while learning the history of the Chicago River museum and its bridges. Your expert tour guide will entertain you with thrilling stories about this incredible facet of the city.
You'll also walk along the river plaza in front of the Trump Tower and other neighboring bridges, and your guide will show you an awesome party trick where you can guess the age of any bridge. You'll continue down the Riverwalk, through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza (a must-see location of any Chicago trip), under the Wabash Avenue Bridge, and back to the Museum.
By the time it's all said and done, you'll be a bridge expert!
|Price||$12.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||1 hour|
|Rating||10 positive reviews|
Eddie M.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour March 31, 2017
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.
G U.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour February 21, 2017
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 and historic photos, maps, and more. Very interesting to see how the bridge lift works. Impressive engineering, as it requires a very small motor to move the structure thanks to a clever system design. The top level floors offer great views of Michigan Ave.
Nick R.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour January 28, 2017
Fun and inexpensive. Great history.
Jerry M.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour October 31, 2016
Visiting family and stopped here to check it out. Learned so much about the early topography of Chicago. Was amazed to find out the whole city had been raised 12 feet in order to accommodate building of basements in homes. What an engineering undertaking that must have been back in the 1800's, especially when you consider the modes of transportation that were available at the time. Maybe that's why Illinois has no mountains. They were all cut down to fill in Chicago. Bridgehouse was also impressive, especially the explanation as to how the bridges were raised. Wish I had been there on a Wednesday to see it happen. Great place to visit, and well worth the small admission fee.
Xie Frank J.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour October 26, 2016
Very cool place to learn and see the mechanics of bridges. You can also get interesting views of the river and city
Carlos G.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour October 14, 2016
Nice to see the progression of the river and the city.
Monika A.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour June 3, 2016
A must see if you live in Chicago or just visiting. Affordable, unique, educational, and fun.
Emily C.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour May 19, 2016
This museum is nice but pretty small. It is cool to see the views out of the upper windows.
Thomas B.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour March 20, 2016
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!
Roberta A.Bridgehouse Guided Walking Tour September 30, 2015
We stopped by on the last day of our visit. We learned so much and it wasn't expensive at all. A great way to spend an hour and learn how these amazing bridges came into use and how they work.