McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum




This landmark five-story building is alive with stories of the past, details of the bridge and vivid stories about the many people inspired by the potential of the Chicago River. Wedding events at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum are unparalleled in the City. The Museum is nestled inside the southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue bridge. It celebrates the Chicago River and offers your guests a rare chance to view the inner workings of one of Chicago's famous moveable bridges. The Bridgehouse Museum is a unique space made up of five floors, totaling approximately 1,200 sq. ft of space. Ideal for small, intimate wedding receptions, this venue features amenities and options that will cover everything you’ll need on your big day. Your guests will enjoy discovering the entire museum as they sip cocktails and dine on lavish food for your celebration. With elegant lighting and exposed brickwork, this creative space is the perfect combination of comfort and style. Celebrate the most romantic day of your life at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Ocean/Waterfront View, City/Skyline View, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 79 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 79 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 79 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 79 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 10:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $900 for a ceremony and reception and includes 4 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Same rental fees apply for a ceremony only wedding. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $400/hr. A refundable security deposit of $350 is required. Available peak season only.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum is estimated at between $5,901 and $9,562 for a ceremony & reception for 50 guests.


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Amenities Included

Event coordination
Bride's dressing area
Coat check room
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
No kitchen
Public parking

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
Wheelchair access limited
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 10:00PM
General liability insurance required if serving alcohol