Friends of the Chicago Portage

The Chicago Portage has always been a Portal from one place and time to another.

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The Chicago Portage National Historic Site - Site History

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Teachers - Download Swamp to City a curricula that helps teachers and their students explore the early history of Chicago.
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Announcing Friends of the Chicago Portage's 2014 Lecture Series:

Father Jacques Marquette


"The Earliest Chicagoan's"

Our 2014 Lecture Series features the lives of the first non natives to live in the earliest versions of Chicago.

Jacques Marquette, John Kinzie, William Butler Ogden, E.O. Gale, and Gurdon Hubbard explored, settled and built early Chicago are brought to life by new and familar presenters.

For the schedule and lecture descriptions click here.

William Butler Ogden


Portage Planning...the Future of the Past!

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is currently planning improvements to the facilities, new interpretive signage and trail enhancements
in Portage Woods Forest Preserve. A link to the latest plan document is here. ( ).

The work of Friends of the Chicago Portage over the last twelve years has raised the visibility of the site not only in the eyes of
the general public, but in the view of the site owner; the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. It is now identified as one of
the District's six priority sites that qualify for custom improvements (other than the standard shelter, outhouse, etc.).


The Portage Ledger is now On-Line!

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Beginning in January of 2000 Phil Vierling began publishing his "Chicago Portage Ledger". Now Carnegie Mellon University has digitized
the entire 11 volume collection of Phil's original research and documentation of the stories of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site.
The collection is searchable and available on-line at:


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Read about our DVD documentary about the Chicago Portage:

"Connecting Worlds, The Story of the Chicago Portage"

Updated: April 22, 2014