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Want To See How Chicago Lifts Its Iconic Bridges? You Can Do That (And Get Breakfast) This Fall

The Bridge Lift Breakfast is only available for a few days throughout the fall.

Ever wondered what that building is on the Michigan Avenue Bridge? It turns out you can go inside. [Provided]
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DOWNTOWN — You can get an inside look at how the Chicago River’s iconic bridges are lifted while grabbing breakfast — but only for a limited time this fall.

Bridge Lift Breakfast attendees will be able to go inside the McCormick Bridgehouse — which is home to the five-story Chicago River Museum — that sits at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Once inside, they can see the gear room that controls Chicago’s bridges and will even get to see the mechanics in action as the city’s bridges are lifted, according to a news release from Friends of the Chicago River.

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The bridges are lifted to allow boats to travel from Lake Michigan to storage on the Chicago River, a sign that winter is coming to the city.

A breakfast of bagels, muffins, pastries, coffee and fruit will be provided to those who attend the Bridge Lift Breakfast.

The breakfasts start 9 a.m. Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Attendance costs $15 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the museum at 312-977-0227 or emailing