October 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Members-Only Event!

Note: registration links will only appear to current SEAOI members who are logged in.

On October 8, 1871, a cow kicked a lantern and ignited a blaze that became the Great Chicago Fire, or so the story goes. 3.3 square miles and 18,000 structures, the heart of the city, were destroyed. From this tragedy arose a great American metropolis. No small engineering feat!

Take a cruise on the river through Chicago’s heart and learn the stories of the buildings, bridges, men and women who came from all over the world to rebuild this city into one of the structural engineering centers of the world.  

Chicago history and engineering wonders will be highlighted. Pass under the great moveable bridges. Gaze up at the towers that reach for the sky. Learn of the early endeavors, the invention and the reinvention that transformed this city into the nation’s rail center, and the dominant Midwestern center for manufacturing, commerce, finance, higher education, sports, blues, jazz and high culture.  

Event Details

SEAOI is thrilled to be providing both the content and the docents for the Structural Engineering River Cruise, which promises to be a highlight of this year's NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit.

A limited number of tickets for the river cruise are available for SEAOI members who are not attending the NCSEA Summit.

  • The first tour will run from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
  • IF DEMAND IS MET, a second tour will run from 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Seats are limited. If minimum tour numbers are not met for the 8:30 cruise, those registrants will be accommodated on the first cruise or receive a refund of the cruise cost.
  • Ticket price is $50.

NOTE: If you are attending the Summit with a Full Conference Plus registration (Full, Young Engineer, and 1st Timer), the SE River Cruise is included. Tickets purchased through SEAOI are only for members not attending the Summit. Click here if you would like to register for the Summit.





Jose Medero ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Terry McDonnell ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Luke Johnson ( AISC )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Robert B. Johnson