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Chicago Maritime Museum

Bridgeport Art Center


1200 W. 35th St.
Enter from north parking lot




Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 9am - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available




Lohan Anderson, 2016


The Chicago Maritime Museum was established to tell the story of Chicago as a maritime city, founded at a strategic confluence of waterways and at various times one of the busiest ports in the world. With a collection of artifacts, ephemera and models, the museum interprets Chicago’s maritime traditions and the historic impact of the area’s waterways. The museum's new home is in the Bridgeport Art Center, which was once the Spiegel Catalogue Warehouse, on the banks of Bubbly Creek. Museum chairman, architect and avid sailor Dirk Lohan donated his design services to the new space, which was completed in summer 2016.

Behind the Scenes

Check out this new museum’s exhibits, glimpse artifacts yet to be catalogued, and see an expert model-maker at work.