Discovery of Chicago Bus Tour
June 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm$45.00
Join us on Saturday June 22nd 2019, 10:00am – 3:30pm for the Discovery of Chicago Bus Tour!
Enhance your knowledge of Chicago, and the I&M Canal’s, origins on the “Discovery of Chicago” bus tour. Join us for a historic tour of early Chicago presented by Friends of the Chicago Portage and The Canal Corridor Association. Veteran Portage tour guides Gary Mechanic and Jeff Carter will take you on a 4-hour tour through the Old Chicago Portage starting at the statue of Joliet & Marquette at the Chicago Portage Historic Site, and ending at Canal Origins Park.
The Discovery of Chicago Bus Tour is $45.00 per-person. Lunch is not included but there will be lunch stop at the Merchandise Mart Food Court. The tour will begin precisely at 10:00am on Saturday June 22nd at the Statue of Joliet & Marquette at the Portage Woods Forest Preserve, 4800 S. Harlem Ave. in Lyons, IL.
The Discovery of Chicago Bus Tour will begin precisely at 10:00 am at the statue of Joliet, Marquette and their Native American guide in Portage Woods Forest Preserve located at 4800 S. Harlem Avenue in Lyons, IL. Following a brief introduction, the tour will visit the remnant of historic Portage Creek in Portage Woods Forest Preserve. Portage Creek is a short walk of approximately 600 feet from the statue on a gravel path. The tour will then board the bus to visit the location that we believe Joliet and Marquette portaged out of Mud Lake at 31st St. and Albany St.
The tour will then stop on the Damen Ave. Bridge over the South Branch of the Chicago River to view the plaque dedicated to Father Marquette and the remnant of the mouth of the West Fork. The tour will then continue to Chicago’s downtown for a stop at the Centennial Fountain at the south end of McClurg Ct., on the north side of the mainstem of the Chicago River. The Centennial Fountain symbolizes the Chicago Portage.
The tour will then stop briefly at the location of DuSable & Kinzie’s trading post on Lower Michigan just north of the Michigan Ave. Bridge. We will then make a stop for lunch at the Merchandise Mart food court near historic Wolf Point. The bus will wait on the street nearby.
Following the lunch stop we will visit the site of the Lee Farm, later known as “Hardscrabble” at 24th and South Throop Street. This site was also the location of the Laughton Brothers trading post before they moved west to where the Portage Trail crossed the Des Plaines River (now in Ottawa Trail Woods Forest Preserve).
The last tour stop is at the Canal Origins Park at 2800 S. Ashland. Finally, the tour will return to Portage Woods Forest Preserve before 3:00 pm for the conclusion of the tour.
RESERVATION REQUIRED. Call (815)220-1848 or click the link below to book.