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.
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Welcome to the Chicago Maritime Museum and our developing story of Chicago’s maritime traditions and impact.

Operating as usual

06/21/2021
Women at the Helm!

The Chicago Harbors and Pinnacle Yachts offer “Women at the Helm," a comprehensive introduction to power boating being offered for women, by women.

06/19/2021

In recognition of Juneteenth, a holiday dedicated to the end of slavery and to commemorate the freeing of enslaved African Americans in Texas on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation; Friends of the Chicago River joins in honoring this important day in our nation’s history as a catalyst for racial equality and social justice.

Educating ourselves on the African American history of our region is one meaningful way to pay tribute to Juneteenth. The African American Heritage Water Trail, developed by Openlands and partner organizations, honors this history by memorializing the remarkable stories of African Americans who established vibrant communities along the Little Calumet River.

The water trail begins at Beaubien Woods and promotes the exploration of 29 significant African American sites along the river and inland between Beaubien Woods, one of our Inside, Out & About sites, and Robbins, Ill. We encourage you to experience the historic water trail and to spread the word to others.

Photos from McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum's post
06/18/2021

Photos from McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum's post

06/18/2021
HEY FRIENDS, CMM IS OFFICIALLY OPEN! While the museum plans a grand opening in late summer to introduce the redesigned l...
06/17/2021

HEY FRIENDS, CMM IS OFFICIALLY OPEN! While the museum plans a grand opening in late summer to introduce the redesigned lobby, we reopened our doors to the public this week. Some come on down. Our hours are Wednesday though Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HEY FRIENDS, CMM IS OFFICIALLY OPEN! While the museum plans a grand opening in late summer to introduce the redesigned lobby, we reopened our doors to the public this week. Some come on down. Our hours are Wednesday though Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

06/16/2021

Check out my crib. Wednesday's sunrise behind the Harrison-Dever Water Crib.

Swimmers Warned to Stay Out of Lake Michigan As Beach Hazard Continues
06/15/2021
Swimmers Warned to Stay Out of Lake Michigan As Beach Hazard Continues

Swimmers Warned to Stay Out of Lake Michigan As Beach Hazard Continues

Swimmers were warned to stay out of Lake Michigan Monday as 3- to 6-foot waves and dangerous currents were expected off the beaches in northern and central Cook County and Lake and Porter counties in northwest Indiana, the National Weather Service said.

One Final Race at the Chicago NOOD and Team Mojo Wins Big
06/14/2021
One Final Race at the Chicago NOOD and Team Mojo Wins Big

One Final Race at the Chicago NOOD and Team Mojo Wins Big

The on-water action at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta concluded with a some slow-motion battle for points, and for overall winner Team Mojo, the new crew worked its magic.

11 Interesting Connections Between Piracy and Slavery You Didn't Hear From Your Teacher
06/14/2021
11 Interesting Connections Between Piracy and Slavery You Didn't Hear From Your Teacher

11 Interesting Connections Between Piracy and Slavery You Didn't Hear From Your Teacher

The intriguing history of piracy has become more and more popular with each passing year. Pirates created their own two-fold subculture with equality aboard their decks and the ability to live their lives on their terms while embracing a life of crime and plunder. We have two images of pirates in th...

Great Lakes Dangerous Currents Motion Graphics Video
06/13/2021
Great Lakes Dangerous Currents Motion Graphics Video

Great Lakes Dangerous Currents Motion Graphics Video

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Projects wants you to know about Great Lakes dangerous currents. This Motion Graphics Video demonstrates how winds create Dangero...

Photos from Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve's post
06/13/2021

Photos from Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve's post

06/12/2021

A very cool shot to share with you now... one that I dearly miss taking myself... a straight on bow shot at the LS&I ore dock in Marquette... Follower Jake Gregory and his wife are in Marquette and the surrounding area for a few days and when they arrived he noticed on Marine Traffic that the Lee A Tregurtha was in town so they zipped over to the dock and took some shots... of the ones he sent me I could relate to this one the most because I ALWAYS made sure to get this angle when I would go there

This is just a stellar shot so with his permission, I give you the Lee A Tregurtha loading at the LS&I Ore Dock in Marquette, Michigan! Thanks for allowing me to share Jake it's a terrific shot!

Interlake Steamship Company

CMM volunteers working hard to prepare the museum's soft re-opening on Wednesday, June 16.
06/10/2021

CMM volunteers working hard to prepare the museum's soft re-opening on Wednesday, June 16.

CMM volunteers working hard to prepare the museum's soft re-opening on Wednesday, June 16.

06/09/2021

Cities encourage life, vibrancy, motion. Join Friends' Executive Director Margaret Frisbie and The Chicago Loop Alliance to discuss cities’ revitalization and their need for promoting positive mental health for its residents (and visitors) on at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 10 at this free Zoom webinar. #BackInTheLoop www.loopchicago.com/dfs

06/09/2021

It may be a light breeze day out on Lake Michigan, but that is not stopping teams from getting out on the water and getting in some practice hours in preparation for the 2021 Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regattas taking place this weekend at the Chicago Yacht Club. Wishing luck to all teams participating this weekend, we are excited to have you in Chicago!

Thank you to Morgan Trubovich for sharing this gorgeous photo.

Asian Carp to Undergo Name Change
06/08/2021
Asian Carp to Undergo Name Change

Asian Carp to Undergo Name Change

At the end of June, Illinoisans will no longer hear the words “Asian carp.” After several years and hundreds upon hundreds of millions spent trying to keep them from the Great Lakes, how can that possibly be? We explain.

06/08/2021

Tuesday's Foggy start at Navy Pier this morning.

Great Lakes lose 25 TRILLION gallons of water in just one year!
06/07/2021
Great Lakes lose 25 TRILLION gallons of water in just one year!

Great Lakes lose 25 TRILLION gallons of water in just one year!

The Great Lakes have lost 25 TRILLION gallons of water in just the last year. You can see the difference between this year and last year in the pictures above from Covert Township, Michigan on Lake…

Photos from Wisconsin Maritime Museum's post
06/06/2021

Photos from Wisconsin Maritime Museum's post

06/06/2021

The golden hour of a summer evening at the Frankfort North Breakwater Light, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Brett Martin Photography

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1200 West 35th Street, Suite 0E-5010
Chicago, IL
60609

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(773) 376-1982

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I've been digging a bit, trying to find out more about the ship-to-rail terminal formerly located at the river near Erie St. This is pretty interesting.
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Does the museum have any sort of research resources for an aspiring (and so far, very amateur) historian?
A message from CROWLEY'S on COVID 19 measures We are monitoring developments and pivoting as necessary to react to this unprecedented development, because the health and safety of our customers and staff are paramount. At this point the yard and store are still open for business. We welcome you down to the yard to work on your boat. We recognize that working on your boat is an activity you can participate in safely while maintaining appropriate social distancing practices. Here are some steps we have taken and guidelines we are asking our customers to follow to help us limit any potential exposure to Covid-19: Please schedule all service and your spring launch work via PHONE or EMAIL. Our Customer Service staff will be on hand and can meet you at your boat to discuss service work if necessary. Please do not visit the office unless absolutely necessary. YACHTAPALOOZA has been postponed to a later date to be determined. We are also postponing the Nautical Donations Flea Market. Notapaloooza – our alternative spring sale- will still run from March 21st through March 29th. Look for an e-mail tomorrow with details on the specials. Our Ship’s Store will be providing a CURBSIDE SERVICE for supplies. Simply call the store and our staff will pick the items, charge your account or credit card, and deliver them to your car. Please utilize this service if possible. Alternatively you can call the store and place an order that we will hold for you on our pick up shelves. We have expanded our flex time options for our dedicated staff so they can care for children who are home from school and adjust their schedules to limit exposure to other employees. Several of our employees may be working from home. This may result in some employees not being available at normal times. Please understand if response times to inquiries and requests are slightly delayed. We ask that you do not come to the yard if you are sick or are experiencing any of the symptoms of the virus – headache, fever or sore throat. Please maintain appropriate social distancing practices while at the yard. We have developed a cleaning regimen that includes disinfecting all high touch surfaces frequently. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with the many people affected by this virus. We are confident that we will emerge with grace from this crisis a stronger community. We will adjust our practices as necessary and communicate any changes to you via e-mail. Stay safe. Sincerely, The Crew at Crowley’s
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**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Forgotten Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from various areas of the United States, Canada, and many other countries. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
On this day, three years ago, June 2016, the CMM officially opened to the public. Happy Birthday, CMM 🥳
“Queen Of The Lakes “ Paul R Tregurtha departing Duluth MN and heading out into Lake Superior last Monday May 13 2019. Largest ship on the Lakes.