More than 500 people visited the museum on October 16th and 17th for the Chicago Architecture Center's Open House Chicago!
Great fun last Thursday at the Chicago Maritime Museum's Waterways for All Benefit. Thank you Captain Dave Truitt, Captain Bill Pinkney, Captain Tom Kastle and all our sponsors. Also, a special thanks to our new maritime partners in the swimming, sailing, fishing, conserving, jumping and diving world. Waterways for All indeed!
We raised more than $104,000 last night alone and your donations are still coming in. And with the $1,000,000 endowment announced last night, we're clearly setting sail to new horizons.
Thanks to all who donated and participated. Fair winds and following seas.
The Chicago Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the organization is the recipient of the $1,000,000.00 Capt. Dave Truitt Chicago Maritime Museum Endowment Fund. Announced during the museum's annual benefit, Waterways for All, on Thursday evening, the endowment will provide an income stream that can be used to fund operations and projects.
"Tonight, thanks to the generosity and vision of our chairman, we are now the recipient of the largest gift ever to our museum," says Jerry Thomas, CMM Vice Chairman and Treasurer. "The endowment truly puts the Chicago Maritime Museum on the map in terms of sustainability and philanthropy. Most importantly, this gift is the start of sustainable operations funding to allow the museum to focus on providing our patrons and visitors with engaging maritime exhibits and lively educational events.”
The Chicago Maritime Museum, located on the River Level of the Bridgeport Art Center at 35th Street and Racine Ave., opened in July of 2016. The museum offers visitors a chronological walk through local maritime history including the eras of French fur traders, sail and steam-powered vessels, modern commercial Great Lakes frigates, recreational sailing and the Ralph and Rita Frese Canoe Collection. Designed by renowned architect and CMM board member Dirk Lohan, the 10,000-square-foot museum serves as a window into Chicago’s maritime history.
The museum's newly restored lobby includes interactive storytelling about the importance of the city's waterways by key founders of Chicago. The museum also plans to create an exhibit of the adventures of Chicago-born Captain Bill Pinkney, the first African-American sailor to solo-circumnavigate the globe via the five great capes.
The CMM is now hiring. We are seeking a Receptionist to join our team. You are the first person that a visitor sees when entering the museum: you are the face of the museum. Other duties may include administrative, web, collections and store tasks depending on your background.
Job Type: Contract
Pay: $13.00 - $15.00 per hour
If you are interested in applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMM’s administrative assistant and membership specialist, Veronica Caminiti, is leaving the museum on August 7 for a full-time position at Rush University Medical Center.
Veronica joined the museum in 2016 when CMM first opened in the Bridgeport Art Center. She has been instrumental in the development of communications platforms including the museum’s Constant Contact e-mail system and Flipcause-designed website. Veronica has also helped develop streamlined systems for membership sign-up and renewal.
“We are happy for Veronica and her new job but sad that she is leaving,” says Jerry Thomas. “She’s been a tremendous asset for the museum and will be missed on the staff. As she transitions out of her staff role with the CMM, Veronica plans to volunteer on the Operations Committee and help out in any way she can. Her continued enthusiasm and support will be invaluable.”
In addition to her administrative roles, Veronica has been receiving visitors to the museum with her personal, warm welcome as the CMM receptionist.
“My experience at CMM this past five years has helped me become a better communicator and problem-solver,” says Veronica. “I’m grateful for the hands-on responsibilities I was given, which have taught me the value of persistence when facing challenging tasks.”
Veronica will take on the new role of full-time administrator at Rush Fetal & Neonatal Medical Center.
Best of luck to you Veronica!
Check out the new kayak dock right outside of the CMM...Wateriders, the vendor providing kayak rentals at our Bubbly Creek location is planning to begin operations on August 14th. Paddle on out from the museum to discover the South Branch of the Chicago River.
The Chicago Maritime Museum is saddened to report the passing of our dedicated brand manager and graphic designer Lorraine Freeman.Her keen, artistic eye has enhanced CMM branding with everything from newsletter design to signage to advertising. More importantly, Lorraine was a loyal friend and enthusiastic mariner. She will be deeply missed by her CMM colleagues. Fair winds and following seas Lorraine.