Chicago Maritime Festival 2012

Modern replica of the 1813 Brig Niagara

The Chicago Maritime Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with special events related to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 (two hundred years already? I am so old).

The Chicago Maritime Festival is an international gathering of performers and presenters celebrating Chicago’s maritime community. The event is organized by Common Times in partnership with the Chicago Maritime Museum, and the Chicago History Museum.

In 2003, the first Chicago Maritime Festival produced the most diverse maritime program ever staged in Chicago. The festival drew over 1,000 people to its seminars, concerts, school programs, and shanty sing. Since then, the festival and festival outreach programs have been attended by almost 35,000! Festival goers enjoy over 40 seminars and workshops plus ship models, displays, and demonstrations presented by the individuals and organizations that make up the maritime community in Chicago as well as some presenters from across the country and across the sea.

This year’s performers include the Quebeçois trio, Serre l’Écoute, with their wonderful French and French-Canadian maritime-themed music, Tom Lewis‘ powerful sea shanties that have earned him the nickname, “Springsteen of the Sea Chantey”, the Annapolis-based duo, Calico Jack, and the thrilling harmonies of Bounding Main, among others (all performers for this year’s festival).

Speakers include Professor Theodore Karamanski discussing The Battle for the Great Lakes: How the War of 1812 Fractured the Unity of the Great Lakes Basin, Destroyed One Nation, and Created Two Others, Glenn Braun’s presentation (of special interest to ship modelers), Ships and Ship Carving of the 1812 Era: A View in Miniature From Both Sides, and many more (see full list of all presenters).

For information on tickets, volunteering, and more, please visit the Chicago Maritime Festival website!

The Chicago Maritime Festival is an international gathering to celebrate Chicago’s maritime community. It is an event organized by Common Times in partnership with the Chicago History Museum, and the Chicago Maritime Museum.