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McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum

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4 out of 5 stars
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Friends of the Chicago River has converted the storied 1920 Michigan Avenue bridgehouse into a museum that celebrates the river’s role in building Chicago into a major metropolitan city. On display are historic photos, maps and newspaper articles, but the real attraction is getting an inside view of the bridgehouse’s massive gears, mechanisms and counterweights used to lift the bridge for boat traffic on Wednesdays and weekends.


Venue name: McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum
Address: Southwest tower of the bridge, 376 N Michigan Ave

Cross street: at Wacker Dr
Opening hours: Open May 10–Oct 31, Thu–Mon 10am–5pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Green, Pink, Purple (rush hrs), Orange to State; Red to Lake. Bus: 2, 3, 4, 10, 26, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 151, 157.
Price: $5; seniors and kids ages 6–12 $4; kids 5 and under free. Sundays free.
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The acoustics of City Winery is great; the acoustics of people eating, drinking, and walking around interrupts my enjoyment of the music. The variety of the acts they book is surprising, since the venue isn’t suited for all genres. The food and drink are priced higher than I like to spend, and there isn’t much I’d eat here. The sitting area is crowded, the seats aren’t that comfortable, and you will likely strain your neck to watch the stage. Parking is decent nearby, and they also have valet.