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Chicago Portage National Historic Site Tour

Hosted by The Northwest Chicago History Meetup Group

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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