The Chicago Portage Portal

As an ancient connection between two continental watersheds, the Chicago Portage was the birthplace of modern Chicago.

Today, no one uses the Chicago Portage to portage canoes. Now this National Historic Site is a living portal to Chicago's past.  It serves a vital cultural function in preserving Chicago's birth stories, orienting residents and visitors in time, history and location, and as a doorway to discovering the city's historical and modern purposes.

Friends of the Chicago Portage invite you to pass through this portal to explore and discover Chicago's birth stories.