Community Group Connections

The Chicago Portage National Historic Site is renowned as one of the most historic locations in the region for the role it played for Indigenous people and, later Europeans who exploted and exploited the continent. Managed by the Forest Preserves of Cook County in partnership with the National Park Service, the Chicago Portage is also cared for by nonprofit and volunteer groups who steward the land and educate people about its historic past. Community connections include:

  • Canal Corridor Association mission is to preserve history, protect nature and open space, and create destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, from Lake Michigan in Chicago to the Illinois River in LaSalle-Peru including the Chicago Portage. Find their website here.

  • Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and the appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of its history and significance. Find their website here.