CANAL ORIGINS PARK

Establishing the link between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico

We took the #9 bus to 2701 South Ashland Ave. where the Chicago River intersects with the Sanitary and Ship Canal. Canal Origins Park was established in honor of the the Illinois & Michigan Canal which connected the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River for the first time in 1848. This canal transformed Chicago from a small community into one of the main transportation centers in the country. The I&M Canal has been replaced by the Sanitary and Ship Canal which opened in 1900. It was established for the purpose of reversing the flow of the Chicago River away from Lake Michigan to protect the city’s drinking water supply from waste and sewage that was regularly dumped into the river.

The intersection of the Chicago River and the Sanitary and Ship Canal

A view of downtown from the Sanitary and Ship Canal

Fishing for blue gill and catfish from the Chicago River

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