This is the last Chicago River Bridge tour of the 2016 SEASON!

 Author Patrick McBriarty will present stories from his award winning book Chicago River Bridges sharing his journey into this fascinating world of the marvelous steel and concrete structures connecting the Windy City both past and present.  From the first wood drawbridge build by a tavern owner in 1832 to the modern drawbridges of today, find out why Chicago is the Drawbridge Capital of the World unlike any other city on earth!

 

Copies of this book, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Windy City Historians Meeting:

On Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 3:00 - 5:00 pm -LOCATION TBD -


A collection of Chicago writers, authors and historians will meet to network, share resources, and experience in the support of creating and developing new Chicago history.​

Windy City Historians was co-founded by authors Chris Lynch and Patrick McBriarty

Wendella Boats - Chicago River Bridges Tour:
On Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9:00 - 11:00 am

Chicago River Bridges Presentation:
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Clarinda Cady Questers of Palatine
will host this presentation at a member's home.

 Author Patrick McBriarty will present stories from his award winning book Chicago River Bridges sharing his journey into this fascinating world of the marvelous steel and concrete structures connecting the Windy City both past and present.  From the first wood drawbridge build by a tavern owner in 1832 to the modern drawbridges of today, find out why Chicago is the Drawbridge Capital of the World unlike any other city on earth!

 

Copies of this book, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Windy City Historians Meeting:

On Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3:00 - 5:00 pm

​Chicago Joe's - 2256 W. Irving Park, Chicago, IL


A collection of Chicago writers, authors and historians will meet to network, share resources, and experience in the support of creating and developing new Chicago history.

Windy City Historians was co-founded by authors Chris Lynch and Patrick McBriarty

Book LAUNCH:

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Roscoe Books at 2142 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

 

Chicago children's author Patrick McBriarty will visit to launch his latest children's book City Railways Go Above and Below about elevated and subway trains.  Meet the author and picked up a signed copy of the third book in the PTM Werks Series on how things work!

Wendella Boats - Chicago River Bridges Tour:
On Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 9:00 - 11:00 am

Chicago Children's Book Festival
On Sunrday, September 11, 2016 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Nichols Park, 1355 E 53rd St., Chicago IL 60615

Come lift your spirits on a unique walking bridge and bar tour led by tavern and beer historian, Liz Garibay and bridge historian, Patrick McBriarty.  The duo will share stories of Chicago beer and bridge history and relate the interplay between the two in the making of Chicago’s past.

$25. Ticket price includes five bridges, four bars, three hours, two miles and a whole lot of of delicious history. Drinks on you.  Purchase tickets HERE.

 Author Patrick McBriarty and the children's authors of Applewood Books will have a booth to sell & sign books and talk with patron and kids.  McBriarty will of course have his first book Chicago River Bridges, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges available for sale.

A walking tour of Chicago's wonderful bridges customized for a private group to stroll along Chicago's new Riverwalk to learn about the history, architecture, and engineering of the Drawbridge Capital of the World.  Walking tours of Chicago's bridges reveal the development of the Windy City through the lens of its bridges. 

Holiday Boutique:

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Patrick McBriarty will exhibit his works for signature and sale at the 

Annual Holiday Boutique at the Union League Club - 2nd Floor

65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

Chicago River Bridge Presentation:
On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 10:30 - 11:30 am
At the North Shore Senior Center's - Tuesday Men's Club Program

161 Northfields Road, Northfield, Illinois

Book LAUNCH:

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Centuries & Sleuths at 7419 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130

 

Chicago children's author Patrick McBriarty will visit to launch his latest children's book City Railways Go Above and Below about elevated and subway trains.  Meet the author and picked up a signed copy of the third book in the PTM Werks Series on how things work!

Author Patrick McBriarty will share his recent research about Chicago in 1812 relating the characters and events of this French and Indian outpost on the cusp of the War of 1812. The story begins with an Indian attack at Leigh's Farm, the murder of the Indian Interpreter at the fort, and ends with the battle or massacre of Fort Dearborn -- depending upon how it is told.

 

Copies of this book, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Boston Book Festival
On Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Copley Square in Downtown Boston, MA

UPCOMING Events - 2017

 Author Patrick McBriarty will present stories from his award winning book Chicago River Bridges sharing his journey into this fascinating world of the marvelous steel and concrete structures connecting the Windy City both past and present.  From the first wood drawbridge build by a tavern owner in 1832 to the modern drawbridges of today, find out why Chicago is the Drawbridge Capital of the World unlike any other city on earth!

 

Copies of this book, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Private Bridge Tour:
On Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 10:00 - 11:30 am
Riverwalk, Chicago, IL

McBriarty's Chicago River Bridges will be available on the boat for purchase, or pre-purchase at PTMWerks.com. Bring your own copy and have it signed by the author! 

Chicago River Bridges Presentation:
On Monday, April 25, 2017 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

At the Midwest Antiques Club
161 Northfield Road, Northfield, Illinois

Chicago River Bridges Presentation:
On Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Wendella Boats Sightseeing Company
Wrigley Building

Chicago, Illinois

Holiday Festival:

Highland Park, IL
On Friday, November 11 & 12 details TBD


Sponsored by 57th Street Books, many Authors including Patrick McBriarty will have tables to sell, sign, and talk with patrons about their books.  McBriarty will of course have his first book Chicago River Bridges, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges available for sale.

Book Signing:

On Friday, October 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Barnes & Noble of 3195 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

 

As part of a local educator's reception, Chicago children's author Patrick McBriarty will visit to talk informally about his children's books to the local teachers about STEM/STEAM topics and use of his books in for education and classrooms instruction.

Expected bridge lifts that morning!

Wendella and noted author Patrick McBriarty explore and celebrate Chicago's diverse and world renowned bridges. Utilized by tens of thousands of people every day, Chicago's bridges are often an overlooked engineering and architectural marvel. Long noted as the birth of the skyscraper, Chicago is also the birthplace of the bascule and trunnion bridges and home to more moveable bridges than anywhere in North America; second 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.

 Author Patrick McBriarty will give a presentation on his award winning book Chicago River Bridges sharing his journey into this fascinating world of the marvelous steel and concrete structures connecting the Windy City both past and present.  From the first wood drawbridge build by a tavern owner in 1832 to the modern drawbridges of today, find out why Chicago is the Drawbridge Capital of the World unlike any other city on earth!

 

Copies of this book, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale and signing by the author at the event.

Chicago in 1812 Presentation:
On Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:00 - 2:00 pm

At the North Shore Senior Center's
161 Northfields Road, Northfield, Illinois

Under The Bridgefluence:

On Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 6:00 - 9:00 pm

A Walking Tour of Beer & Bridge History 

 

From Chicago’s earliest beginnings, both bridges and beer have connected the city and its people – they are the links which have brought thirsty Chicagoans together.  From bridge tenders to bartenders, both have played pivotal roles in the development of our fine city.

 Author Patrick McBriarty will have a table to sign, sell, and talk with patrons about his first book Chicago River Bridges, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges, which make great gifts.

 Author Patrick McBriarty will talk about the importance of the Michigan Avenue Bridge in the making of the Magnificent Mile and development of the Windy City, with stories of bridge jumps, catapults, and other near disasters.

Book Signing:

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Barnes & Noble of Muskegon at 5275 Harvey St., Norton Shores, MI 

 

As part of a local educator's reception, Chicago children's author Patrick McBriarty will visit to talk informally about his children's books to the local teachers about STEM/STEAM topics and use of his books in for education and classrooms instruction.

McBriarty's Chicago River Bridges will be available on the boat for purchase, or pre-purchase at PTMWerks.com. Bring your own copy and have it signed by the author! 

Expected bridge lifts that morning!

Wendella and noted author Patrick McBriarty explore and celebrate Chicago's diverse and world renowned bridges. Utilized by tens of thousands of people every day, Chicago's bridges are often an overlooked engineering and architectural marvel. Long noted as the birth of the skyscraper, Chicago is also the birthplace of the bascule and trunnion bridges and home to more moveable bridges than anywhere in North America; second 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.

Copies of this book, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Only evening bridge tour this season!

Wendella and noted author Patrick McBriarty explore and celebrate Chicago's diverse and world renowned bridges. Utilized by tens of thousands of people every day, Chicago's bridges are often an overlooked engineering and architectural marvel. Long noted as the birth of the skyscraper, Chicago is also the birthplace of the bascule and trunnion bridges and home to more moveable bridges than anywhere in North America; second 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. 

This is a great time to get some unique gifts for children or adults as McBriarty will have his award-winning books Chicago River Bridges, the PTM Werks Series of children's books, Drawbridges Open and Close, Airplanes Take Off and Land, & City Railways Go Above and Below and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges, which premiered at the Union League Club in January of 2013.

Illinois Readers Council Conference: 

Thursday-Friday, September 29-30, 2016

Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall

Patrick McBriarty will Present

On STEM topics in the Classroom in Room PCC 213.

​​ 

Join award-winning author Patrick McBriarty who has written for adults and children out of his interest and passion for Chicago’s drawbridges, to explore STEM/STEAM topics. McBriarty who learned after a Masters in Economics he should have been an engineer shares his love of mechanics, structure, and how things work with smaller audiences. Learn some fun ways to introduce children to science, technology, art, and math at and early age.

Book Presentation:

On Thursday, November 17, 2016​​ at 6 - 8pm

Author Patrick McBriarty will present Chicago River Bridges to the Canal Corridor Association at the Public Landing Restaurant - 200 W 8th St., Lockport IL 60441

Chicago River Bridge Presentation:
On Monday, August 1, 2016 at 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
At the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum's

Brown Bag Lunch Talk at 99 E. Riverwalk, Chicago

Wendella Boats - Chicago River Bridges Tour:
On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 5:45 - 7:45 pm

Bridge Talk:

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00 - 8:00 pm

for the Ravenswood-Lakeview Historical Association

​Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL


Author Patrick McBriarty will provide a multimedia presentation and answer questions on Chicago River Bridges based on his award winning book of the same title.  Learn how Chicago came to have the most drawbridges of any city on earth, after Amsterdam and about the innovation, engineering, and architecture of these amazing structures that have been jumped, destroyed by cattle, ship, and fire and rebuilt again and again.


Books and DVDs of the documentary Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale at the event which is free and open to the public.

Author Patrick McBriarty will present to the docents and staff of Wendella Boats the history, architecture, engineering and development of the Chicago's fantastic drawbridges crossing her waterways.  

Conference:
On Monday, November 14, 2016 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Author Patrick McBriarty will address the Annual Conference of the Iowa ASCE in Aimes, Iowa as the keynote luncheon speaker.

 Author Patrick McBriarty will present stories from his award winning book Chicago River Bridges sharing his journey into this fascinating world of the marvelous steel and concrete structures connecting the Windy City both past and present.  From the first wood drawbridge build by a tavern owner in 1832 to the modern drawbridges of today, find out what Chicago is the Drawbridge Capital of the World unlike any other city on earth!

 

Copies of this book, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale and signing by the author.

UPCOMING Events - 2016