The “Friends of the Chicago Portage” would like to announce their next public walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, Saturday October 4th, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. Please join veteran tour guide Jeff Carter who will explore the “Birth Story of Chicago” from the geological 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 site is the only place where you can stand on the same ground walked by all the early explorers, early settlers, and creators of Chicago. The Tour is approximately ½ mile in length on a gravel path through the woods and will take about 2 hours. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. The Tour will run rain or shine.
The tours will continue on the 1st Saturday of the month through November 1st, 2014.
The late Tribune columnist John Husar, after touring the site, called it “Our sacred ground.” It is certainly Chicago’s “Plymouth Rock.” This is a must-see event for history lovers, historians, educators, tour guides, and anyone who communicates the stories of Chicago to others.
All tours are 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 Avenue (7200 W) just 2 blocks north of the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Meet at the monumental statue of Marquette and Joliet and their Native American guide at 10:00 am.
Contact: Gary Mechanic at 773-590-0710 or visit http://www.chicagoportage.org