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.
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.
David R. Metzger
Deane Tank, Sr, Ph D.
Thatcher Waller, Jr.
Theodore Karamanski, Ph.D.
Mary Ann O’Rourke
Coleman Seskind, M.D.
Kathleen J. Thomas
Kellogg Fairbank, Executive Director
Veronica Caminiti, Receptionist
The strategic plan was developed in collaboration with David Weisberger Consulting with the generous support of the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.