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The Discovery of Chicago Tour

August 12, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Discovery of Chicago Bus Tour

Visit the Places Chicago was Born! Stand Where History Happened!

The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the monumental statue of Joliet and Marquette in Portage Woods Forest Preserve (4800 S. Harlem Ave.) in Lyons, IL.

Following a brief look at the last remnant of historic Portage Creek, we will board a deluxe air conditioned motor coach to visit the places Jolliet and Marquette carried their birch bark canoes over the old Chicago Portage 350 years ago.

The tour will continue downtown to visit the Centennial Fountain and explore its symbolic portrayal of the Chicago Portage. We’ll then stop as close as the public can get to the site of DuSable & Kinzie’s settlement. After a lunch break at a food court the tour will follow the development of Chicago with a visit to the hidden site of an early farm and trading post on the South Branch of the Chicago River. Finally we’ll stop at the original terminus of the I&M Canal before returning to Portage Woods Forest Preserve.

The tour will conclude before 3:00 P.M.  The cost of the tour is $50 per person ($40 for students) and includes a printed tour booklet with stunning images of how the tour stops looked in early Chicago.

To reserve your seat call  773-590-0710 (8a – 8p only please) or email:  gbmechanic@gmail. com.

Please make out the check for the bus tour to

Friends of the Chicago Portage

and mail it to:

Friends of the Chicago Portage

c/o J. Langer

605 E. Madison

Villa Park, IL 60181

Once your payment is received you will be emailed a confirmation notice with complete information for the tour. Seats are limited so reserve your place on this historic voyage of discovery now!


Chicago Portage
4800 Harlem Ave
Forest View, IL 60402 United States
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