says a suburban Chicago woman, Deb Lawrence, was the weekend visitor to put
the facility at that mark.
Friends of the
Chicago River opened the museum in a 99-year-old bridge house on the
Michigan Avenue bridge in 2006. The mission was to promote a better
understanding of the role the river played in city history.
There are exhibits
depicting the time when Native Americans and early European settlers both
lived along the river. Visitors can also see how Chicago’s movable bridges
director, Margaret Frisbie, says the museum also shows how a waterway “once
primarily thought of as part of the sewage system” is again a valuable