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Wendella's - Chicago River Bridges Tour

Patrick McBriarty

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Wendella's - Chicago River Bridges Tour

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Wendella and noted author Patrick McBriarty explore and celebrate Chicago’s diverse and world renowned Bridges with a 2-hour cruise starting this June with one per month through October. Used by tens of thousands of people every day, Chicago’s bridges are often an overlooked engineering and architectural marvels. Long noted as the birth of the skyscraper, Chicago is also the birthplace of the modern drawbridges and home to more moveable bridges than anywhere in North America; second only to Amsterdam in the world. McBriarty will guide us through the history of the bridges, the architecture and the engineering that surrounds these mechanical marvels.

Tickets can be purchased by phone, or online at Wendellaboats.com and are $40 per person. Chicago River Bridges will be available on the boat for purchase, or pre-purchase at PTMWerks.com or bring your own copy and have it signed by the author. The cruise will depart from the Wendella Dock at Trump Tower between the Wrigley Building and the Trump International Hotel and Towers. Please arrive at least 10-minutes early so as to not miss the boat - Literally!  Reservations are highly recommended as this cruise will likely sell out!  Use the following link to Purchase Ticket Today!

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Wendella Docks at Trump Tower
Between the Wrigley Building and Trump International Hotel and Towers.
Chicago, IL

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Patrick McBriarty


Patrick McBriarty, a former business person and consultant, over a decade ago discovered a new focus and fascination for Chicago bridges. His first book Chicago River Bridges won the 2013 Henry N. Barkhausen Award for original research on Great Lakes maritime history and presents the untold history and development of Chicago’s iconic bridges.  From the first wood footbridge built by a tavern owner in 1832 to the fantastic marvels of steel, concrete, and machinery of today, and was published by the University of Illinois Press in October 2013.   Concurrently from 2011-13 with filmmaker Stephen Hatch, the duo independently co-produced the documentary Chicago Drawbridges, which was has been broadcast on Chicago and Milwaukee public television and has its first international screening in Hamburg, Germany on February 17.

Patrick is currently working on the forthcoming PTM Werks series of illustrated children’s books to sharing his excitement and appreciation for bridges and how things work with a smaller audience.  His first children’s photographic book Bridges of All Kinds is available on his website www.PTMWerks.com and Drawbridges Open and Close illustrated by Johanna Kim is currently under review with several publishers.  Patrick holds a bachelors in business administration and a masters in economics from Miami University.

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