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Chicago Maritime Museum

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1200 W 35th St Ste 0E-5010, Chicago, IL 60609-1305
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Venegeo wrote a review Feb 2020
Itasca, Illinois20 contributions22 helpful votes
Small, but very interesting collection of artifacts and displays relating to maritime history in the Great Lakes. An enjoyable few hours.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum
Responded Feb 12, 2020
Thank you very much for your review. We were pleased to have you visit!
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Taylor B wrote a review Mar 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,568 contributions5,335 helpful votes
As a matter of full disclosure, I wasn't aware that Chicago had a maritime museum. Now I am. Opened in 2016, at 1200 West 35th Street, in the Bridgeport neighborhood, the Chicago Maritime Museum is dedicated to the study and memorialization of Chicago's maritime traditions. It asserts that Lake Michigan and the Chicago River were key factors in Chicago's growth and its development as a world-class city. Chicago's maritime history hit its peak during the "Golden Age" of the American steamboat, when small but fast steamers carried passengers and freight over the Great Lakes to Chicago before and during the Civil War. At the same time, canal boats paraded up and down the newly dug Illinois and Michigan Canal from Chicago to the Illinois River and even the Mississippi River. According to the museum, Chicago's ship-docking operations in 1872 exceeded that of any other port in the United States. Today, the Chicago Maritime Museum has a collection of over 6,000 items of tangible maritime heritage. Interestingly, it is located adjacent to a former working tributary of the Chicago River, Bubbly Creek, made famous in Upton Sinclair's book on Chicago's meat packing industry. It also celebrates industrial Lake Calumet and the beaches, deep tunnels and pumping stations of Chicago and pays tribute to Chicago's Irish-American community, which dug many canals and was a key support group within the city's maritime history. Admission is free.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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mnlakin wrote a review Aug 2018
Chesterton, Indiana4 contributions
Thirty-five Duneland Seniors from Chesterton Indiana toured the museum last Thursday accompanied by Executive Director Kellogg Fairbank. Personal hospitality was enjoyed by all as well as enthusiastic intrepretation of the exhibits by their museum curator and master model builder. Highly recommend lunch at the Polo Inn afterward.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from PCF95, Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum
Responded Aug 20, 2018
Your visit was a pleasure for the museum staff. We look forward to seeing those of you who are returning on Wednesday for the panel discussion on Bubbly Creek - Past, Present and Future.
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Elise B wrote a review Mar 2018
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This museum combines beautiful maps and pictures with very clear explanations and artfully mounted objects. You can follow 250 years of Chicago's life on its waterways while surrounded by objects, boats, and ship models that bring it all to life. Check out the bookstore too, for unique books and objects.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Response from PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum
Responded Mar 15, 2018
Thank you for your thoughtful review! We are always pleased to have visitors who appreciate our unique view of Chicago's history and development and the museum's presentation.
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Ron R wrote a review Jan 2018
Oak Lawn, Illinois, United States43 contributions20 helpful votes
My wife and I were on our weekly Friday outting which often includes some day hikes during the summer or museums during the winter. As we had an errand on the near South side, I searched travel advisor for a nearby museum. While a bit out of the way for many out of town visitors, it was quite accessible for locals like us. While not large the museum offers an enlightening perspective on early Chicago's importance as a maritime center with interesting maps and exhibits. We were fortunate in having an impromptu tour by the curator which added some very interesting narrative to the exhibits. Though we are native Chicagoans, we learned a great deal about the part the local waterways and Great Lakes played in the early development of the area. We highly recommend a visit for anyone wishing to learn about a unique aspect of Chicago's history.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Response from PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum
Responded Jan 8, 2018
Thank you for your review which is very much appreciated. Your comments on the value added by the museum are spot on and a fine addition to the other comments. We hope you will come back to visit as other exhibits open and that you check events on the museum's web site for listings of open houses and maritime related lectures.
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