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Chicago Portage National Historic Site Tour

Our Friends at the Friends of the Chicago Portage are having a free tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site. This tour will be lead by veteran tour guide Jeff Carter. We will explore the “Birth Story” of Chicago from the geologic beginnings of the Portage to how it is still functioning in Chicago today. One of only two National Historic Sites in Illinois, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site is the only place where you can stand on the same ground walked upon by all the explorers, early settlers and creators of Chicago. The tour is approximately a 1/2-mile in length on a gravel path through the woods and takes about two hours. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. The tour runs rain or shine.

The tour is free and open to the public.

Location: The Chicago Portage National Historic Site is at 4800 S. Harlem, which is on the west side of Harlem Ave. (7200W) just 2 blocks north of the Stevenson Expressway (I55). Meet at the monumental statue of Joliet and Marquette and their Native American guide at 10am.


For more information:

Contact Gary Mechanic at[masked] (cell) or visit

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  • Bob

    The tour guide knew a lot about the site. It was quite amazing. His talk was well organized and well delivered. My only suggestion would be to make the tour a bit shorter. The tour group seemed very tired at the end.

    September 7, 2013

  • Diane

    Sorry have to work.

    September 6, 2013

  • Adrienne

    I am having severe ankle issues not sure if it will get better in time, I have really been wanting to do this, I discovered this site by accident a while back but being on the job I didn't have the time to explore the site

    August 22, 2013

  • Bob

    Looking forward to learning something new.

    August 12, 2013

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