The Walking Museum

Northwest Portage Walking Museum
Written By Northwest Portage Walking Museum

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Long before Europeans settled into the Chicagoland area, the River system was central to the Native American way of life. And now, these thoroughfares once journeyed by Indigenous peoples of the area via foot and via canoe, are the busy highways and roads within Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The Northwest Portage Walking Museum is community-led interpretive learning experience that takes you along the Irving Park Road corridor--one of the former transport routes of the Indigenous peoples of the area. Each proposed installation along the Walking Museum expresses a different aspect of the connection between humankind and the waterways of Chicagoland. This is a 9-mile trek that begins at the proposed Serpent Mound at the Northwestern Woods canoe launch area at the Des Plaines River and concludes at the final proposed installation at the Coil Mound in Horner Park. This project was created through collaboration of the American Indian Center (AIC), the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG), and the Portage Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA).

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