The next neighborhood we visited was Bridgeport. I never knew Chicago had a maritime museum, but there it was! The building where the Chicago Maritime Museum is located is a former Spiegel Catalogue Warehouse, on the banks of Bubbly Creek (Now, it’s a Bridgeport Art Center, and the Maritime Museum is in the basement).
The museum is wonderful; honestly, it’s a pity it is so far from the Loop! If it were closer, I would take more people there :).
Our next stop was the Bubbly. This building (Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center) was the first one transformed by Bubbly Dynamics, prior to The Plant. They host several artists and fabricators, and they have all imaginable and non-imaginable tools and machines. Lots of interesting information, along with the history of the Industrial District, can be found on their website.
Next, we went to the Chinatown, where we visited the Chinatown Community Center Pui Tak. That was the only site where they checked the temperature upon entry :). We could see very few parts of the center, and we listened to the speaker who talked about the history of Chinatown and the history of the building.
Our final stop was in the Garfield Park neighborhood, where we went to the 345 Art Gallery. Igor was there before, and he knows the owner. I really enjoyed this artistic oasis in an unexpected place 🙂
That was long and intense day, and I am glad I’ve spent it that way!