PAST EVENTS - 2014 (cont.)

Patrick McBriarty provided a guest lecture in Dr. David M. Solzman's course GEO148 on Urban Geography


about Chicago's bridge history.

Guest Lecturer:

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014

for their members or member guests.

Filmmakers Stephen Hatch and Patrick McBriarty presented a special private screening of the documentary Chicago Drawbridges at the

Screening:

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Proceeded by cocktails and networking

Hatch Werks Films wass honored to be selected, participate, and contribute to the Chicago-Hamburg Sister Cities program. For more details got to their FaceBook page: Europa Passage

at the Europa Passage shopping plaza at the center of downtown Hamburg. The film help represent Chicago to Germans at the 20th Anniversary event of the Chicago-Hamburg Sister Cities in Hamburg, Germany.

Representatives of the Chicago International Sister Cities screened the documentary several times

Screening:

on Monday, February 17, 2014

In Hamburg, Germany

Author Patrick McBriarty gave a well received a multimedia presentation on Chicago's bridges recounting his journey into this amazing topic of innovation, design, and major contributions to moveable bridge technology by Chicagoans.


This was followed by a book signing at 7 p.m. and Sandmeyer's Bookstore sold out of books at the event.

http://www.sandmeyersbookstore.com/

Book Launch & Talk:

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6 p.m.

A crowd of over 120 folks filled the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (lower Level) of the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago

on Chicago's bridges.


If your organization would like a Chicago bridge talk please contact us via email for scheduling and more details.

Bridge Talk:

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Patrick McBriarty provided training for the Choose Chicago Greeters

200 S. Michigan Ave. 22nd Floor over looking Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago The event began with a social hour (cash bar) at 5:30 pm and dinner ($35) at 6:30 pm. The presentation followed and the attentive crowd stuck around for and extended rounds of questions and discussion.


In 1907, Chicago author Hamlin Garland and friends founded the Attic Club, which two years later was re-named The Cliff Dwellers. Now, as then, it is a private club and functions as a non-profit organization for men and women either professionally engaged in, or who support, the fine arts and the performing arts.

Bridge Talk:

On Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Patrick McBriarty was the guest speaker at the Cliff Dwellers Club -- Spring Book Presentation Series

Crowley's Yacht Yard

3434 E. 95th Street, Chicago, Illinois


Patrick McBriarty was on hand talking with folks and selling copies of the DVD Chicago Drawbridges and the companion book Chicago River Bridges. This was a great networking with brisk sales of autographed copies of the book and DVDs.


Yacht-A-Palooza is the Spring kick-off for the boating season at Crowley's Yacht Yard 3434 E. 95th Street, Chicago, Illinois featuring seminars, clothing, sail and power boat, supply specials and food & drinks.  Don't miss it.

Book & DVD Sales & Signing:

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8 am - 4 pm at

This was followed by a Q&A with Patrick McBriarty sale of signed copies of the  DVD Chicago Drawbridges and the companion book Chicago River Bridges.


The event was Free and Open to the Public.

at the Romeoville Public Library

Screening:

On Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm the documentary

Chicago Drawbridges was shown

The even was held at Chicago Yacht Club's Belmont Station, at the south end of Belmont Harbor on Chicago's Lakefront.


This program included a Buffet Dinner, an update on CMM, and a multi-media presentation.


The Chicago Maritime Museum has a new location in the Bridgeport Art Center Building at 1200 W. 35th Street and is expected to open to the public in late 2014.

Bridge Talk:

On April 22, 2014 from 6 - 9 pm

Patrick McBriarty gave a presentation on Chicago's bridges at the Chicago Maritime Museum's Annual Meeting and Dinner.

1500 S. Linn White Drive Northerly Island, Chicago


Despite technical difficulties half way through folks enjoyed the evening and the presentation.


This event was Hosted by the Chicago Catalina Fleet--21 which began with a Meet & Greet at 6pm,


Dinner at 7pm followed by the presentation.

Bridge Talk:

On Friday evening, April 25, 2014

The Patrick McBriarty gave a multi-media presentation at Burnham Park Yacht Club.

The event was covered by Chicago's Fox 32 and ABC 7 Chicago and Patrick was interviewed by Reporter Frank Mathie.


Checkout the ABC 7 Chicago News Segment!


Friends of the Chicago River celebrated the 94th Birthday of the Michigan Avenue Bridge with cake.


Copies Chicago River Bridges and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges available now for sale at the museum shop.

Appearance & Book Signing:

On Wendesday, May 14 from 12:30 - 1:30pm

Patrick McBriarty was at the Michigan Avenue Bridge 94th Anniversary & BridgeLift at the McCormick Bridgehouse Museum


Attended by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic crowd that walked away very pleased with the experience.


The book Chicago River Bridges and DVDs of Chicago Drawbridges were available for sale and signing before and after the event.


The event was free and open to the public.

Bridge Talk:

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Patrick McBriarty gave a presentation on Chicago's fantastic bridges at the Niles Public Library

Society for Midland Authors' Booth


signing and selling his book Chicago River Bridges and DVD Chicago Drawbridges.

Booth signing copies of his book

Chicago River Bridges

and

from 5-6pm on Saturday was at the

Saturday morning from 11:15 - Noon at the

Book Signings:

From on Saturday, June 6, 2014

Patrick McBriarty was at the

attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and featuring more than 200 authors participating in panels, discussions and a variety of other programs.


The Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Recently renamed to be the Printer's Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest-drawing more than 150,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase

Patrick with Gary Napadov at the Lit Fest Post-Party

The Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 and attracts thousands of visitors every year to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city's bookmaking hub).

By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks

(on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk),

by request of the Chicago Tribune organizers to participate in an Author Panel.


This was held at the Jones Prep School room 3024 and advance tickets were sold out.  The crowd was most appreciative as Gary Johnson, President of the Chicago History Museum led the conversation about the book and Chicago's bridges.

Author Appearance:

On Saturday, June 6, 2014

Patrick McBriarty appeared at

The International Bridge Conference® (IBC) is the pre-eminent arena for the bridge industry in North America, Europe and Asia. Sponsored by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, the IBC annually attracts over 1,500 bridge owners and engineers, senior policy makers, government officials, bridge designers, construction executives, and suppliers from throughout the United States and abroad. Now in it’s 31st year as an annual conference, the 2013 participants came from 48 states and 17 countries. The IBC is planned by an all-volunteer group and provides continuing education and networking opportunities to members of all facets of the bridge industry.

It was a great trip networking with top engineering professionals and very enjoyable trip to Pittsburgh.

Bridge Conference:

June 9-11, 2014

Patrick McBriarty was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the International Bridge Conference.

See the bridges up close and learn all about Chicago’s development as guest docent Patrick McBriarty explains how the bridges work, their engineering significance, and regale you with stories on the bridges and architecture surrounding these mechanical marvels.  The tour cruises the Chicago River’s Main Channel, Forks, and South Branch passing more than 20 bridges to begin and end at the Wendella docks at the foot of the NW Bridgehouse of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.  Take a fantastic journey through time and experience the Windy City’s bridges from the first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the iconic steel and concrete structures of today.

These tours typically sell out so don't wait get your tickets today!

Tickets are $40 and on sale now!

Chicago River Bridge Tour:

On Thursday, August 28 at 5:45 - 7:45 pm

An exclusive Chicago River Bridges Tour from Wendella Boats of Chicago's bridges with author and bridge historian Patrick McBriarty.

The tour took 30-40 architects attending the conference on a walking tour of Chicago's bridges the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, the mechanics, and architecture of the bridges to learn about the history, development, and innovation surrounding these fantastic spans.

Walking Bridge Tour:

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Author Patrick McBriarty gave a bridge tour for a select group of architects attending AIA's 2014 Convention in Chicago.

To hear this June 29th interview with Patrick McBriarty click on the image above.


Tune in every Sunday night to 720am WGN Radio from 9-11 pm to hear Chicago's very own Rick Kogan.

Patrick McBriarty was interviewed by Chicago's legendary author, columnist, and radio personality Rick Kogan on his Sunday evening WGN Radio program

Radio Interview:

On Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 9:00 - 11:00 pm

See the bridges up close and learn all about Chicago’s development as guest docent Patrick McBriarty explains how the bridges work, their engineering significance, and regale you with stories on the bridges and architecture surrounding these mechanical marvels.  The tour cruises the Chicago River’s Main Channel, Forks, and South Branch passing more than 20 bridges to begin and end at the Wendella docks at the foot of the NW Bridgehouse of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.  Take a fantastic journey through time and experience the Windy City’s bridges from the first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the iconic steel and concrete structures of today.

These tours typically sell out so don't wait get your tickets today!

Tickets are $40 and on sale now!

Chicago River Bridge Tour:

On Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 9:00 - 11:00 am

The second of five exclusive Chicago River Bridges Tour from Wendella Boats of Chicago's bridges with author and bridge historian Patrick McBriarty.