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Bridgehouse Museum Season Opening

Join Friends as we kick off our McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum's ninth season on May 10. Come discover the river's wonders inside the landmark five-story bridge tower  and try to catch the scheduled Bridge Lift at approximately 11 a.m.. Opening Day admission will be free in honor of Chicago River Day. 

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Chicago River Day

On Chicago River Day thousands of volunteers gather for a day of hands-on environmental work throughout the Chicago River Watershed working side-by-side to collect garbage and sort for recycling, remove invasive vegetation, spruce up river-edge trails, plant native seedlings, and much more. Click here to learn more.

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Bridge Lift at Friends' Bridgehouse Museum

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

The Saturday, May 10 Bridge Lift is FREE in honor of Chicago River Day! 

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Bridge Lift

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

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Bridge Lift

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

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Bridge Lift

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

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Big Fish Ball

The Big Fish Ball is Friends' annual fundraiser, where 500 civic, philanthropic, business, and community leaders and river enthusiasts celebrate the Chicago River at this river-centric event on the Merchandise Mart's Riverside Drive.

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Bridge Lift

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

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Bridge Lift

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

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Bridge Lift

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

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Eve of the Solstice River Cruise

Celebrate the arrival of summer in Chicago on the river -- for the river! Friends of the Chicago River’s second annual Eve of the Solstice Cruise benefits Friends’ McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Come aboard and enjoy this unique guided tour with great views from the river, delicious food, open bar and excellent company! 

Cruise sponsorship opportunities are still available, call (312) 939-0490 ext. 23 for information.

 

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Bridge Lift

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

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Bridge Lift

Witnessing a bridge opening from inside Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is quite a treat! Watch the massive gears turn as they lift the bridge, and get a bridge tender's eye view from the top floor of the bridge tower.

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