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The Tunnel Under the Lake: The Engineering Marvel That Saved Chicago
Come join your fellow historians and hear the gripping story of how the young city of Chicago, under the leadership of an audacious engineer named Ellis Chesbrough, constructed a two-mile tunnel below Lake Michigan in search of clean water. When it opened in March 1867, observers, city planners, and grateful citizens hailed the tunnel as the "wonder of America and of the world." Author Benjamin Sells will discuss his book, The Tunnel Under the Lake. Sells is a writer and sailing captain who owns and operates one of Chicago's oldest sailing schools. He was a syndicated columnist and has written many articles and books on law and psychology. The Open House is from 7 to 10 p.m on Friday, November 16. The museum is located at 1200 W. 35th, on the River Level of the Bridgeport Art Center. Parking is free on the north side of the building. Museum entrance is free on Third Fridays; the presentation is $5 for members and $10 for non-members at the door. Signed copies of The Tunnel Under the Lake will be available for purchase. Complimentary refreshments, including beer and wine will be served. In addition to this program, the Bridgeport Art Center will be hosting a Holiday Market featuring the artists in the building, so this is a good night to attend.

Chicago Maritime Museum

1200 West 35th Street, Ste 0E-5010 · Chicago, IL


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This group is for anyone with an interest in Chicago history. We will have events for everyone from professional historians to new residents who just want to learn more about this great city. Although the focus will be on the history of the city, related topics like local archaeology, Great Lakes and Midwest history can also be included.

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