Boat Building Camp

Our Boat building classes help build vocational skills, leadership & teamwork

All Chicago Maritime Arts Center programming is suspended until further notice due To COVID-19

We conduct boat building classes for Chicago's youth.

All Programs are cuurently postponed due to Covid-19.

Check out photos of all in
our program gallery.

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Our mission is to bring people back to the Lake and River that created Chicago, to teach marine ecology and the maritime arts, and to help kids find themselves and new pathways by learning to build boats. 

Our immediate task is to create a comprehensive plan, which sets forth a series of thoughtful steps toward realizing our goal.  Our plan will include the steps necessary to:

  • Develop a programming curriculum

  • Capital plan

  • Facility requirements

  • Operations

  • Promotional and fundraising plans  


This planning process will draw upon the experience of dozens of similar organizations across the United States, many of which were encountered at recent a national conference on teaching with small boats.  The planning process will also leverage the experience of local organizations, which share, support, and advocate similar goals of promoting education and access to Chicago waterways.  The development of local and national partnerships with like-minded groups will greatly enhance both the immediate planning process and the long-term operational viability of the cause. 


The core idea is to create CMAC by taking the best practices and lessons learned from other boatbuilding and maritime arts schools and dovetail these with strong partnerships and cooperation with Chicago area agencies, government, and other organizations to affect a viable plan for a vibrant and successful maritime training center.  CMAC is expected to create curriculum and an organization working with community partners to ultimately offer both career-oriented program(s) and individual classes and workshops for youth, and adults, to broaden the reach and education of the community on watercraft arts, skills, and use.

For more information about our 2019 programs
download our brochure.

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We are proud to support and maintain a close relationship with the Chicago Maritime Museum and their mission to foster learning about the impact of the region’s waterways on Chicago’s evolution.  For more about the museum click HERE >


1808 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA

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