About Us

Chicago became a busy port city connecting the produce and products of the Midwest with a national distribution system of lake vessels, canal boats and railroads. The number of ships arriving and leaving the Port of Chicago in 1910 exceeded any port in North America and rivaled all the great harbors of the world including London and Hamburg.

Our mission

The Chicago Maritime Museum aims to become recognized as the leading authority on our waterways and their significance to Chicago and the world in the past, present and future.


Board of Directors

Gerald H. Thomas, Ph.D.
Email Jerry

Vice President

Dirk Lohan


David R. Metzger


Grant Crowley


J.R. Davis

Russell Lewis

Deane Tank, Sr, Ph D.

Doug Walker

Thatcher Waller, Jr.



Operating Board

Glenn Braun

William Derrah

Lorraine Freeman

Rita Frese

Don Glasell

Jim Jarecki

Theodore Karamanski, Ph.D.

Tom Kastle

Patrick McBriarty

Stan Mehaffey

Mary Ann O’Rourke

Coleman Seskind, M.D.

William Strauss

Kathleen J. Thomas



Kellogg Fairbank, Executive Director

Don Glasell, Curator

Veronica Caminiti, Membership Coordinator

Our publications

The strategic plan was developed in collaboration with David Weisberger Consulting with the generous support of the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.

Chicago Maritime Museum US Form 990. Chicago Maritime Society is a 501c3 organization and is exempt from Illinois State sales tax.