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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.
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Interesting WP article about inequities of Chicago River restoration efforts. North vs. South.
The bulk of riverfront amenities constructed and planned fall in wealthier, North side neighborhoods.
DNR warns against electric shock drowning as water levels rise
Avoid swimming in marina waters.
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!
Important lessons here.
Every day ten people die from unintentional drowning. Here's what a drowning survivor and man who lost his son to drowning want you to know about water safety.
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 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...
The Great Lakes are overflowing with record amounts of water
A snowy winter and wet year are largely to blame. This comes just years after record lows.
TripAdvisor released the Travelers’ Choice awards for Experiences on Tuesday.
Chicago perch opener: First morning and broader perspective
The perch opener Sunday on the Chicago lakefront drew spotty results, but with quality fish, in a year with promise for perch fishing overall.
Way to go CYC!
The Chicago Yacht Club's Special Needs Cruise brought hundreds to Lake Michigan waterfront Tuesday to see the city from a new perspective.
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.
More fun on the Riverwalk this summer.
Fans of the Chicago Riverwalk have more to look forward to starting in June: a community market.
Christening at Great Lakes museum to celebrate new, old tugboats
It’ll be a passing-of-the-torch, tugboat style. During a ceremony Friday, one tug named “Ohio,” 116 years old, will begin its new life as a centerpiece of ...
"The rising water, which could swell more than 2.5 feet above its long-term monthly average, is expected to tie the previous June peak set in 1986."
Lake Michigan's water level is expected to reach a record high in June, according to weather forecasters and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
St. Charles connection to Titanic on display at local museum.
The St, Charles History Museum has a new exhibit which looks at a St. Charles mother and her children who survived the sinking of the Titanic.
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
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
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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 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.
That's a lot of fun for eight bucks!
Money to convert the boathouse to a museum is being sought. "We're going to try and make this happen,” a park district planner said.
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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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.
Thank you Marvin Wortell for hoisting CMM to the next level. Rest in peace.
Marvin Wortell owned a small manufacturing plant and was active in the Chicago Maritime Society.
Good news for the South Branch!
The privately maintained pathway will soon be open to the public.
Dining with a view. We like that.
Snag a seat at one of these beachside summertime hotspots
Sounds like fun. And supports clean water!
The three-day celebration will feature boats, pirates and mermaids.
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.
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)
Visiting the nation’s newest national park: Indiana Dunes
There’s more to this 15,000-acre park on the shore of Lake Michigan than sand and sunsets.
"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.
"It's the Petri dish of modern urban wilds."
A hydrologic restoration project should remake Eggers Marsh, one of many wild changes coming on Chicago’s Southeast Side.
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.
A North Branch park: Mayor Lightfoot can make it happen
Riverfront land that could become Chicago’s next marquee park is up for sale. But can City Hall snatch it up before developers do?
D Day - Tuesday, 6 June 1944
Southampton Memories: People and Places
Sands of Remembrance, a sand sculpture on a Normandy beach. Original Image: Bernard Clerc-Renaud. 2004.
Things are happening at Navy Pier.
Taking over the third floor of Navy Pier's Festival Hall is the latest in Chicago
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
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...
Don't forget, Chicago was once the busiest shipping port in the world.
The Illinois International Port District, which runs the Port of Chicago, hopes the state can provide some capital money to fix up its aging facilities.
[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.
Lake Superior is the resting place of 350 ships, at least half of which lay undiscovered to this day.
Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association
Sunset at Frankfort North Breakwater Light on Lake Michigan - Photo by Sarah M. Goodwin
As we recall, the weather wasn't so great on D-Day either.
Due to bad weather, the battle reenactment was cancelled and the air raid turned out differently than expected at "D-Day Plus 75."
Green answers for Chicago's taxed sewer system.
Chicago has a long list of things to be proud of, but the current state of the city’s combined sewer system infrastructure is not at the top of that list. The Chicago Public Library reports that
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