If you've been to Chicago, you've probably walked Michigan Avenue over the Chicago River.
You may have walked over this historic site without realizing that you were on the location of Fort Dearborn. This garrison was destroyed during the War of 1812 and later rebuilt on the same site.
Michigan Ave. bridge
These magnificent sculptures flanking the bridge commemorate this battle.
Commemorating the defense of Fort Dearborn during the War of 1812
And a smaller plaque behind them remembers early European explorers of the region.
Cavilier, La Salle, and de Tonti passed this way in 1681