Chicago Portage National Historic Site
Early explorers traveling along Mud Lake (Source: Public Domain Image)

What’s nearby?

Just minutes from Chicago’s Midway Airport, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site is close to several dining & hiking opportunities. Restrooms are a 2 minute drive to McDonalds or Walgreens.

What’s this place about???

The Chicago Portage is located at the the vital crossroads where French fur traders would “portage” their goods across a narrow marshy area separating the waters of the Great Lakes from those of the Mississippi River.

Free tours are available at 10am on the first Saturday of the month from May-November. Tours last about 90 minutes and involve walking half a mile along the gravel path through the woods. Due to the rustic natural setting of the portage and Mud Lake area, long pants and sturdy walking shoes are recommended attire.


• Several walking paths surround the Portage Statue. Access points on map below.


• McDonalds, 2 minute drive

• Forest View Lounge, 2 minute walk


• McDonalds or Walgreens, 2 minute drive