Tuesday, September 18, 2012

History Walking Tour Set for Oct. 6th at Chicago Portage Site at 48th and Harlem

All are invited to a free walking tour of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, 4800 South Harlem, set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 6.

Statue depicting early explorers at the Chicago Portage.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago Portage historical group, the tour will be led by veteran tour guide Jeff Carter, who will talk about the “Birth Story of Chicago” from the geological beginnings of the Portage to how it is still functioning in Chicago today.

The tour is approximately a half mile in length on a gravel path through the woods. It will take about two hours. Those taking part are advised to wear long pants and walking shoes or boots. The tour will be held rain or shine.

One of only two national historic sites in Illinois, the Chicago Portage National Historic site is said to be the only place where people today can stand on the same ground walked by all the early explorers, early settlers and creators of Chicago.

The late Chicago Tribune columnist John Husar, after touring the site, called it “Our sacred ground."

For more information call Gary Mechanic at 773-590-0710 or visitwww.chicagoportage.org.

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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