Following the War of 1812, local tribes ceded to the United States a 20 mile wide strip of land centered on the mouth of the Chicago River to near present day Ottawa, Illinois. Through the Treaty of St. Louis of 1816, the government acquired control over the Chicago River corridor linking Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River.
For more information, visit Friends of the Chicago Portage’s website. Here at Roosevelt University, Professor Mike Bryson has made water a central aspect of his teaching, devoting assignments, field trips, and entire courses to the role of water in the Chicago area. This fall, he offers SUST 220 Water as a hybrid course meeting several Saturdays and online, with select field trips. If you are interested in taking any of our courses, please contact your RU academic advisor for registration details. If you are not currently a Roosevelt University student, we encourage you to investigate our degree options, and our course listings. For more information, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.