Curious City

Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago As We Know It?

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Jesse Dukes

In this special Curious City presentation, we explore how Native Americans used trade, intermarriage, and their knowledge of the region’s geography to help lay the foundation for the city of Chicago. And we’ll consider an even bigger question: Would Chicago exist as we know it today — as a key Midwestern metropolis — without the Native Americans? Click here for the full story.