Free Lunchtime Panel Series at the Bridgehouse Museum

A panel of experts will discuss “Plastic Pollution and How to Move Forward” at the first of our free lunchtime discussions at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum on Thursday, July 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Moderated by MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neeley du Buclet, panelists include Friends’ Policy Manager Chelsey Grassfield, Timothy Hoellein, Ph.D., of Loyola University Chicago, and Jaclyn Wegner, director of Conservation Action at the Shedd Aquarium. 

 “In the past we have conducted weekly lectures from experts on river-related issues, but this year we are looking to change up the format a bit to give our audience a bigger bite of these topics,” said Josh Coles, the museum’s director. “Everyone is welcome to bring lunch, and if they are so inclined, check out the museum after the discussion.” 

 Stay tuned for more information about upcoming expert panels to be announced later in the month.

 Located in the southwest bridgehouse of the historic DuSable Bridge on Michigan Avenue, the Bridgehouse Museum tells the story of how the Chicago River system changed as people's use of it changed. The five-story museum showcases a river now teeming with wildlife due in large part to hard fought water-quality victories and significant restoration efforts. Guests at the museum can also see the massive gears and inner workings of the bridge. The Bridgehouse Museum opened in 2006 as one of the first attractions to pioneer the development of the renowned Chicago Riverwalk and is the only bridgehouse open to the public.

Guided tours of the Bridgehouse Museum are also available at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. The Bridgehouse Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call (312) 977-0227 to reserve a Bridgehouse Museum tour or to get more information.