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New Meetup: Calumet River Boat Tour

From: Dan
Sent on: Monday, June 28, 2010 1:37 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Northwest Chicago History Meetup Group!

What: Calumet River Boat Tour

When: Sunday, August 29,[masked]:30 PM

Burnham Harbor
Gate J
Chicago, IL 60827

Our friends at Forgotten Chicago are proud to announce the culmination of their 2010 Chicago Industry Series, a boat tour of the Calumet River!

This will be a rare opportunity to see and photograph some of the last remnants of Chicago?s steel industry. Leaving from Burnham Harbor (just east of Soldier Field), a chartered boat will take us down Lake Michigan to the Calumet River inlet near the former U.S. Steel South Works. Heading down the Calumet River, the tour will pass remnants (some of which are currently under demolition) of Chicago?s once-vast steel industry. We?ll pass under a number of bridges, including the Chicago Skyway, railroad lift bridges, and bascule structures. The tour will also view active industry, including massive grain elevators and bulk material handlers. Once we get to 130th Street, we?ll turn the boat around and head back the way we came, discussing more locations along the way.

But wait, there?s more! Unlimited beer and wine and a snack buffet are included as part of your ticket. Can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in August? Neither can we.


Sunday, August 29th, 2:30 PM. The tour will last for approximately four hours, returning to Burnham Harbor around 6:30 PM.


Burnham Harbor, Gate J, Slip 24. Prior to boarding the boat, we will meet in front of Gate J. See map.

Directions by CTA: Take Red, Green or Orange Line trains to Roosevelt. Take #130 or #146 bus east to Soldier Field stop. Walk south along Burnham Harbor (east side of Soldier Field) to Gate J.

Directions by car: Take Lake Shore Drive to 18th Street exit. Burnham Harbor south parking lot is on the south side of 18th just east of Lake Shore Drive. Price of parking fluctuates. Once parked, walk east and north along Burnham Harbor to Gate J.

Cost: $75/person if purchased before August 1st, $85/person after. The cost includes unlimited beer and wine for the duration of the tour, as well as a snack buffet. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Purchase tickets by clicking here

The fine print:

* The boat has been chartered through Free Spirit Yacht Cruises, a professional boat charter service.
* All tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you will be permitted to transfer your ticket. Just be sure to let us know ahead of time via email or phone.
* Boarding will occur about fifteen minutes prior to departure. Please be sure to get to Burnham Harbor by 2 PM. The boat will leave at 2:30 sharp. No refunds in the event of a missed departure.
* The tour will happen rain or shine. There will be interior spaces on the boat in case of rain, but we recommend bringing an umbrella just in case. In the unlikely event of severe lake conditions that prevent the boat from cruising to the Calumet River, the tour will be canceled and full refunds will be provided.
* The tour is limited to 100 people, so please reserve as early as possible (especially if you have a large group). We expect the tickets to go fast!

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