Chicago’s Christmas Ship – The Committee Who Makes It Happen

written by Lt. Lindsay Cook The holiday season is a time for enjoying family, friends, setting new resolutions and for some it’s an opportunity to give back. Whether it’s a random act of kindness, participating in a toy drive, or […]


Chicago Coast Guard participates in SS Eastland memorial

Written by auxiliarist Jonathan Roth Early on the morning of July 24, 1915, 7,000 employees and guests of the Western Electric Company gathered on a wharf between LaSalle and Clark streets on the Chicago River to board five steamers heading […]


Chicago maritime community convenes Harbor Safety Committee in response to increased use, activity on Chicago River

Post written by: Cmdr. Jason Neubauer and Auxiliarist Jonathan Roth With a metropolitan area of more than 9.4 million people, Chicago is our nation’s third largest city and boasts the largest municipal harbor system in the United States, according to […]


Chicago Welcomes Home the Heroes

     “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Petty Officer 1st Class Ann Marie Borkowski, MSU Chicago

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ann Marie Borkowski, native to Burlington, N.J., is a Marine Science Technician currently station at Marine Safety Unit Chicago, in Willowbrook, Ill., as the Response Division supervisor. Reporting to MSU Chicago, July 2011, Borkowski […]


Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary march down State Street in Chicago during the city's annual Memorial Day parade.

Great Lakes Coast Guardsmen celebrate Memorial Day

With contributions from Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan. As members of one of the five Armed Services, Coast Guardsmen take pride in participating in Memorial Day celebrations, honoring those who have served the United States as […]


Coast Guard small boats ready to provide safety and security during the NATO Summit

From the field: Coast Guard, other agencies join forces during 2012 NATO Summit

Post written by Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens, maritime security public information officer, 2012 NATO Summit: Coast Guard units from around the country are partnering with other federal, state and local agencies on Chicago waterways to protect NATO Summit participants and […]


Members of the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chicago Marine Police and Illinois Dept of Natural Resources host a public safety meeting for uninspected passenger vessel operators.

From the field: Marine Safety Unit Chicago hosts 2nd annual meeting for operators of uninspected passenger vessels

Guest post by Lt. Leslie Downing, MSU Chicago: Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago joined forces with local Coast Guard Auxiliary, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Chicago Marine Police to host a public safety meeting for operators of uninspected […]


District commander promotes boating safety in Chicago

Last week, as part of National Safe Boating Week, an annual observance sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council and endorsed by the Coast Guard, Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, traveled to Chicago to […]


Guest post: For those who came before us…

>Today’s post is from PA2 Bill Colclough of the Ninth District Public Affairs staff and Lt. j.g. Jerrold Federer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago. Here’s their story about taking the time to recognize one of the many who make up […]


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