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Chicago Maritime Museum, Chicago

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The Chicago Maritime Museum is a maritime society and museum dedicated to the study and memorialization of Chicago's maritime traditions. The museum's webpage asserts that Lake Michigan and the Chicago River were key factors in Chicago's growth toward status as a world-class city, and pays tribute to Congress for granting lake frontage in 1818 to the infant state of Illinois. The museum opened in June 2016.
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  • Small, but very interesting collection of artifacts and displays relating to maritime history in the Great Lakes. An enjoyable few hours.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • A delightful gem of a museum! Information is well presented, relevant and nicely portioned. We spent an hour or so here after lunch in the area and had a pleasant time taking to the knowledgeable folks on duty. We'll certainly return for their new exhibit on WWII.
  • It's a small museum that is big on Chicago's maritime history. I recommend it for anyone who is curious about how Chicago became Chicago. The waterways play a huge part. The curator is very knowledgeable and can answer any question. Me and my wife stopped in on a whim was pleasantly surprised to find that we enjoyed our visit.

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