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 1872 exceeded any port in North America and rivaled all the great harbors of the world including London and Hamburg.
To foster learning about the impact of the region’s waterways on Chicago’s evolution.
Board of Directors
David R. Metzger
Deane Tank, Sr, Ph.D.
Gerald H. Thomas, Ph.D.
Capt. Dave Truit
Theodore Karamanski, Ph.D.
Mary Ann O’Rourke
Kathleen J. Thomas
Thatcher Waller, Jr.
Kellogg Fairbank, Executive Director
Don Glasell, Curator
Veronica Caminiti, Membership Coordinator
The strategic plan was developed in collaboration with David Weisberger Consulting with the generous support of the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.