Mapping Lake Calumet: Chicago’s Other Lake

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Chicago Map Society Meeting
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Social half-hour with refreshments begins at 5:30 pm followed by the lecture at 6 pm.

Ruggles Hall

Presented by Paul Patraitis

Fourteen miles south of the Loop, Lake Calumet, “Chicago’s other lake”, was known to a generation of pioneer Chicago sportsmen as “Steven Douglas’ Duck Pond”. “The Little Giant” owned hundreds of acres in the vicinity and regularly entertained his important guests on the lake’s east bank at the Woodman Tavern, which served a fabulous ring necked duck dinner.

Join us February 20th as Chicago historian and lifelong southsider Paul Petraitis, returns to lecture at the Newberry, using maps from a variety of sources, including the Smith Center’s collections, to illustrate this little-known chapter in Chicago’s history. Trace Lake Calumet’s transition from a home for the local Pottawatomie tribes to the site of George Pullman’s “model town” and rail car factory to its current situation: a mixed-bag of land use that includes a historic district, a major interstate expressway, factories, an award-winning golf course, wetland reserves and the moribund Port Of Chicago.

Cost and registration information: 

Meetings are open to the public. We do, however, ask for a $5 donation from non–Map Society members to help support program costs, which are covered by members’ annual dues.