Guided Tour of Chicago Portage National Historic Site on Saturday, Nov. 7

The Friends of the Chicago Portage would like to announce their final walking tour of 2015 at the Chicago Portage National Historic Site on Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 10:00 A.M. Join veteran tour guide and Friends founder Gary Mechanic who will explore the “Birth Story of Chicago” from the geological beginnings of the Portage to how it is still functioning in Chicago today.

Portage Creek, a tributary of the Des Plaines River, at the Chicago Portage National Historic Site (M. Bryson)

Portage Creek, a tributary of the Des Plaines River, at the Chicago Portage National Historic Site (M. Bryson)

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 as well as see the actual connecting point between the ancient Chicago & Des Plaines Rivers that led to the growth of our metropolitan area!

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. All tours are free and open to the public. The late Tribune columnist John Husar, after touring the site, called it “Our sacred ground.” It is certainly Chicago’s “Plymouth Rock”. An excellent event for history lovers, historians, educators, tour guides, and anyone who communicates the stories of Chicago to others.

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.

Sponsor: Friends of the Chicago Portage

Contact: Gary Mechanic at 773-590-0710 or visit

(Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of the site’s history and significance.)

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