Friends of the Chicago Portage will host a free public tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. 

Veteran tour guide Gary Mechanic 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 National Historic 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 a half-mile long on a gravel path through the woods and will take about two hours. Wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. The tour will run rain or shine.

 The Chicago Portage National Historic site is at 4800 S. Harlem Ave., two blocks north of the Stevenson Expressway (I-55).Meet at the monumental statue of Marquette and Joliet and their Native American guide.

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