Host Your Special Event at the Bridgehouse Museum

Start planning now to host a special event at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum this year. The Bridgehouse Museum season opens to the public on Chicago River Day, May 11.

The five-story landmark Michigan Avenue Bridgehouse, the cultural anchor of the Chicago Riverwalk, explores the complicated history of the river from glacial formation through modern revitalization and the work that brought the river back to life. The museum also celebrates Chicago’s world-famous movable bridges and allows visitors an up-close look at the massive gears and inner-workings of the bridge.

The Bridgehouse Museum is also one of the most memorable locations for special events in Chicago, offering rentals for events such as private dinners, cocktail parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions, and bridge lift breakfasts. The interior of the Bridgehouse Museum is a unique and rustic space made up of five floors, complete with exposed brick walls and steel beams. With roughly 1,200 sq. ft. of space and a capacity of 79 people indoors, it is ideal for intimate receptions, both private and corporate. Each rental also includes the use of our riverwalk plaza, with spectacular views of the river and downtown Chicago visible only from our unique space. For rental information, contact Josh Coles at