Archaeological Society Presents The Chicago Portage

(Horicon) The Rock River Archaeological Society presents a program on the “Chicago Portage.”  Presented by Jake ILko a National Park Ranger and guide at the Chicago Portage, the presentation will give a history of Portge Park.


The Chicago Portage is part of Portage Park which is an area 16 miles North West of the Loop and has longstanding connections to water.  During wet weather, early Indian inhabitants could paddle their canoes from the Chicago River to the Des Plaines on a minor portage along present-day Irving Park Road.

Alongside the historical telling of the Chicago Portage Jake will give a live demonstration of flint and steel fire starting.  Jake’s program promises to be a fascinating event for all who attend.

The Chicago Portage will take place on Wednesday April 17th at 6:30pm, at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon Wisconsin.  Doors will open at 6pm with refreshments served after the program.  The event is free and open to the public.  More information is available by calling 920-928-6094.


Pictured is of one of the sculptures at Portage Park.