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Presentation from Richard Lanyon "The Chicago Portage - A Lasting Gift"
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST

Event Description

Please join us for Networking, Appetizers, Drinks, & Dinner, and
Celebrate the 350th Anniversary of Joliet and Marquette's Voyage of Discovery
by Listening to Dick Lanyon
Describe the Lasting Legacy of the Chicago Portage!

The Chicago Portage - A Lasting Gift
Dick Lanyon

The Chicago Portage is not just history; it still functions as a main vein of Midwest commerce. Local author and historian Richard Lanyon takes us on a journey through the development of a waterway route that includes the Chicago Portage, and connects the Chicago River’s South Branch with the Des Plaines River in Joliet.

Lanyon traces how the portage route was first exploited to build a modest canal and railroads for commercial purposes, then developed into a larger canal to divert city wastewater away from Lake Michigan. Finally, he explores how the precise location of the ancient subcontinental divide is critical in accounting for the Chicago area’s allowance of Lake Michigan’s water as mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dick Lanyon is a scientist and author of “Building the Canal to Save Chicago”, "West by Southwest to Stickney: Draining the Central Area and Exorcising Clout" and other books about the development of Chicago’s waterways. He is also the former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

Wednesday, September  20, 2023
La Parra Restaurant & Bar

@ 6710 Cermak Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402


Networking & Cocktails - 5:00 PM
Dinner - 6:00 PM
Speaker Presentation - 7:00 PM



Member: $55 per person
Non-member: $70 per person
Free Street Parking Available

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