The Irish Built a Canal and Chicago Grew

Most Chicagoans who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day don’t realize the crucial role that Irish immigrants played in Chicago history. One tangible effect of the Irish settlers and their contribution to the growth of Chicago is The Illinois & Michigan Canal. The canal, located in Lemont, is just 10 miles from the MVCC campus. The canal and other historical structures associated with the canal are worth visiting. You may want to get some historical perspective before you visit.

Illinois & Michigan Canal collection at MVCC

Lewis University has a special collection on the I&M Canal

I&M publication

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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