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Chicago Maritime Museum

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Dedicated to the study and memorialization of Chicago's maritime traditions

As a matter of full disclosure, I wasn't aware that Chicago had a maritime museum. Now I am. Opened... read more

Reviewed March 15, 2019
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
Duneland Senior Group Visits Chicago Maritime Museum

Thirty-five Duneland Seniors from Chesterton Indiana toured the museum last Thursday accompanied by... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
mnlakin
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Chesterton, Indiana
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From its earliest beginnings, Chicago has been defined as a city rising from the lake. From French fur traders paddling canoes to lumber-laden schooners and freighters transporting grain and coal to today's canoes and kayaks plying the Chicago river...more
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1200 W 35th St, Ste 0E-5010, Chicago, IL 60609-1305
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Reviewed March 15, 2019

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....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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PCF95, Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 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.

Reviewed March 14, 2018

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,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 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.

Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 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...More

Reviewed January 4, 2018

Do yourself a favor and visit this local gold mine. It’s very new and the collection still small, but what an incredible place to visit. The history of Chicago is the history of its waterways. The staff is helpful and friendly. Free parking and it’s...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 15, 2017

the museum is rather small, and can only go down by stairs, so not accessible by strollers and wheelchairs. we went there in open house, so it's free, but it may has admission fee in other days, can double check at their website. there are...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2017

Thank you for your review! I'm sorry you did not see the building elevators that serve every floor, including the river level where the museum is located. Handicapped access is available in the building, so we do get wheelchairs, strollers and buggies.

Reviewed July 21, 2017

This museum has only been open a year. The current displays are well done and some of the maps are beautiful. The history of the Chicago waterways is interesting and started almost 500 years ago. I really enjoyed the early history as well as the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2017

Thank you for your review which we very much appreciated!!

Reviewed July 10, 2017

Many people are not aware of the importance of the lake and rivers that are part of the Chicago landscape. This small museum takes one on a guided tour of what built the great city. A must for history buffs and maritime enthusiasts.

Date of experience: June 2017
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PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Thank you for your insightful comment! We were pleased to have you visit the museum and hope you come back again soon.

Reviewed May 11, 2017

Coming to Chicago the first time and having read about the city's early and incredible development, I was disappointed, that there is not really much to see about the harbor and its history in the city nowadays. Fortunately, there is this little hidden museum to...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 22, 2017

We signed up to become members after our first visit to this museum and there was no question that we'd renew our membership. It's a great museum with interesting exhibits, and it's the right size space - not such a huge museum that you get...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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PCF95, General Manager at Chicago Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017

Thank you for your comprehensive and thoughtful review. I was happy to see you pick up on the importance of the region's waterways in the evolution of Chicago. I also appreciated your comments on the Bridgeport Art Center. With more than 100 resident artists, the...More

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