Author to discuss tunnel under Lake Michigan at Chicago Maritime Museum

The Chicago Maritime Museum in Bridgeport.

Author Benjamin Sells will appear at the Chicago Maritime Museum in Bridgeport Friday to discuss his book "Tunnel Under the Lake: The Engineering Marvel That Saved Chicago."

"It's the story of how the young city of Chicago, under the leadership of an audacious engineer named Ellis Chesbrough, constructed a two-mile tunnel below Lake Michigan in search of clean water," the museum said in a press release. "When it opened in March 1867, observers, city planners, and grateful citizens hailed the tunnel as the 'wonder of America and of the world.'"

Published by Northwestern University Press, the book has been well-reviewed online, with readers saying it "reads like a novel" and is "an excellent history of the Chicago water and sewage problems in the early 20th century."

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Sells' diverse resume includes being a writer, author of books on law and psychology, syndicated columnist, sailing captain and the owner of one of Chicago's oldest sailing schools.

The free open house will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the museum at 1200 W. 35th Street in the Bridgeport Art Center, which has free parking in the lot north of the building.

For more information, call 773.376.1982 or visit chicagomaritimemuseum.org.


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