Friends of the Chicago Portage

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

Please visit our new expanded and mobile friendly website @

http://drupal.library.cmu.edu/chicago/

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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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2015 Free Public Tours

The Chicago Portage National Historic Site

Friends of the Chicago Portage announces its 2015 series of free public tours of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site beginning at 10am on Saturday, May 2 , and continuing on the 1 st Saturday of the month until the last tour on November 7th.

The Chicago Portage National Historic Site is on the west side of Harlem Ave. just 2 blocks north of the Stevenson Expressway (I55) at 4800 S. Harlem, Lyons, IL.
Enter at the circular parking lot on the west side of Harlem in front of the statue.
Meet at the monumental statue of Joliet and Marquette and their Native American guide at 10am.

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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. ( http://fpdcc.com/siteplans/ ).

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.).

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The Portage Ledger is 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: http://cpl.library.cmu.edu/

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Friends of the Chicago Portage

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Read about our DVD documentary about the Chicago Portage:

"Connecting Worlds, The Story of the Chicago Portage"


Updated: May 10, 2015