Chicago Maritime Museum

Chicago Maritime Museum Chicago’s history and development stem from its axis at the foot of the Great Lakes. Chicago has been the busiest port in the world.

It is a tall order to tell the story of Chicago’s waterways and their emotional and prosperous impact on 19th, 20th and 21st century American growth. Welcome to the Chicago Maritime Museum and our developing story of Chicago’s maritime traditions and impact.

Barry Butler Photography
06/24/2019

Barry Butler Photography

Summer Highlight

Chicago Drawbridges
06/20/2019

Chicago Drawbridges

Bears & Bridges from Ask Geoffrey on Chicago Tonight. Do you know how many bridges Chicago has? Is it more than Venice, Pittsburgh, Hamburg or Amsterdam? Well it depends on how you count them! Thanks for the credit @GeoffreyBaer on @WTTW!
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Illinois Proud
06/20/2019

Illinois Proud

Lake Shore Drive and The Drake in Chicago. Vintage postcard circa 1950 courtesy of cardboardamerica via Flickr. #tbt

Did you know that the longest fresh water sailing race starts right here in Chicago? The 333-mile Chicago to Mac Race is...
06/20/2019
Stage is Set for 111th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

Did you know that the longest fresh water sailing race starts right here in Chicago? The 333-mile Chicago to Mac Race is gearing up for its 111th season.

The race known as America's Offshore Challenge™ has a diverse fleet that will traverse the 289-nautical mile course up Lake Michigan. Thirteen states and three countries are represented, and boats range from 27’ (Perry Fortune & Ryan Farrell's express 27 Air Force) to 105’ (Peter Thornton's W...

Three months from now a group of 200 people could make history in Chicago.
06/19/2019
Made In Chicago: Chicago River Swim

Three months from now a group of 200 people could make history in Chicago.

Three months from now, a group of about 200 people could make history in the Chicago River.

06/18/2019
Lynmouth Sailing Club

Lynmouth Sailing Club

A blast out to see the “Mathew” as she past Lynmouth this evening heading up the channel. She is a reconstruction of the original “Mathew” that John Cabot sailed to New Foundland in 1497.

Mister Kelly's Chicago
06/15/2019

Mister Kelly's Chicago

This photo was taken in 1948 from the London Guarantee Building, some two years after London House opened inside the building. At that time, London House was strictly a restaurant and featured no live music. You can really see how the city's landscape has changed in the 71 years. https://www.misterkellyschicago.com

Just enter your zip code and get outside!
06/14/2019
The Openlands Get Outside Map

Just enter your zip code and get outside!

With the Openlands Get Outside Map, discover places and ways to enjoy nature in the Chicago region.

And the Lake Michigan Triangle is one of them. For over a century, boats have mysteriously disappeared with no scientifi...
06/12/2019
30 seemingly impossible places that actually exist

And the Lake Michigan Triangle is one of them. For over a century, boats have mysteriously disappeared with no scientific explanation.

The world is filled with beautiful places to visit from shore to shore. But what about the anomalies of the world? Nature doesn't always do things by the book, and there are a few creepy, strange, and seemingly impossible places to prove it.

Congrats to the Chicago River Blue Award winners!
06/12/2019

Congrats to the Chicago River Blue Award winners!

Friends of the Chicago River has named the winners of the 2019 Chicago River Blue Awards recognizing people and projects for exceptional contributions to continuing the improvement of the waterway

The top prize, the Blue Ribbon Award, was given to former Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his leadership and enthusiasm for projects such as the Chicago Riverwalk, the Wild Mile plan, the 312 River Run, the Chicago River Boathouses, the more ecologically-based Chicago River Design Guidelines, and the River Ecology and Governance Task Force.

Winners of Silver Ribbon Awards include:
-The Lathrop Homes Redevelopment by Related Midwest, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, and Heartland Alliance's Heartland Housing;
- method home's Method Soap South Side Soapbox designed by William McDonough + Partners;
-R2 Companies and REI Co-op for the retailer’s new Lincoln Park location;
-the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, Chicago Park District, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for the North Branch Dam removal
--The City of Chicago, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, and Urban Rivers for The Wild Mile project.

Honored with Green Ribbon Awards were:
--McDonald's Chicago Flagship and Ross Barney Architects
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More at http://bit.ly/2wMLCSy

Hearings planned on proposed Lake Ontario marine sanctuary
06/12/2019
Hearings planned on proposed Lake Ontario marine sanctuary

Hearings planned on proposed Lake Ontario marine sanctuary

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent is one of nine lighthouses within a proposed marine sanctuary that would also encompass 21 known shipwrecks and one downed military aircraft.

Interesting piece by Carol Marin about Bubbly Creek's restoration plans - working its way through a bureaucratic snag be...
06/11/2019
Bubbly Creek: An Environmental Quagmire for Federal Agencies and Local Activists

Interesting piece by Carol Marin about Bubbly Creek's restoration plans - working its way through a bureaucratic snag between the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

More than a century after Upton Sinclair described a stretch of the Chicago River as “a great open sewer,” Bubbly Creek is still plagued by waste – and the restoration process has been mired in its own political muck.

Historic Chicago
06/09/2019

Historic Chicago

Vistitors to the Columbian Exposition disembark a whaleback steamliner at Exposition Pier, Chicago. Passengers would have picked this ship up at Van Buren and Michigan Ave and traveled along the lake front to visit the fair. (1893)

"Everyone around the Chicago Yacht Club has a Lloyd story."
06/08/2019
The Taipan Man | Sailing World

"Everyone around the Chicago Yacht Club has a Lloyd story."

Eighty-one-year-old Lloyd Karzen has served on practically every committee at the yacht club, but he’s not just a rubber stamper.

Ship used in D-Day fleet docked in Escanaba
06/07/2019
Ship used in D-Day fleet docked in Escanaba

Ship used in D-Day fleet docked in Escanaba

A ship that is docked at Basic Marine in Escanaba was a part of the historical day that happened 75 years ago...the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, setting the stage for the end of the war.

HistoryBuzz
06/06/2019

HistoryBuzz

D Day - Tuesday, 6 June 1944

Southampton Memories: People and Places
06/05/2019

Southampton Memories: People and Places

Sands of Remembrance, a sand sculpture on a Normandy beach. Original Image: Bernard Clerc-Renaud. 2004.

On this day, three years ago, June 2016, the Chicago Maritime Museum officially opened to the public. Since then, 7,745 ...
06/04/2019

On this day, three years ago, June 2016, the Chicago Maritime Museum officially opened to the public. Since then, 7,745 visitors have walked through our doors. If you haven't yet, come visit us and learn how Chicago grew from its strategic location between the foot of the Great Lakes and the Mighty Mississippi.

Happy Birthday CMM!

Harborfest 2019! - Chicago Harbors
06/03/2019
Harborfest 2019! - Chicago Harbors

Harborfest 2019! - Chicago Harbors

Harborfest 2019! Boat Show and Music Festival FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND! June 15th-16th, 2019 at 31st Street Harbor The lakeshore’s favorite music festival and in-water boat show is coming again to 31st Street Harbor June 15-16th and we want you to be a part of it! Let’s be honest, we all can’t w...

06/03/2019
Bad Boat Drivers

Oh my!

[TODAY] VENICE, Italy – MSC cruise ship ''Opera'' has struck a dock and a tourist river boat on a busy canal in Venice. Italian media report that at least five people have been injured in the crash.

The collision happened about 8:30 a.m. Sunday on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to Saint Mark's Square in the northeastern Italian city. Video of the crash shows the cruise ship, apparently unable to halt its momentum, plowing into the much smaller river boat and the dock as dozens of people run away in panic.

Venice is a tremendously popular site for both tourists and cruise ships, especially during the summer tourist season.

Interesting summation of Lake Superior's shipwrecks.
06/03/2019
Shipwrecks

Interesting summation of Lake Superior's shipwrecks.

Lake Superior is the resting place of 350 ships, at least half of which lay undiscovered to this day.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association
06/02/2019

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Sunset at Frankfort North Breakwater Light on Lake Michigan - Photo by Sarah M. Goodwin

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