Illinois Underground Railroad
Illinois Underground Railroad

Contact Us

 Larry A. McClellan

3430 W Oakhill Dr

Crete, Illinois 60417


+1 708/769 1894 +1 708/769 1894


NE Illinois / Chicago  --                   Specific Sites and Projects

For freedom seekers and the UGRR

on the Chicago to Detroit Freedom Trail

Oct 10, 2023

Larry A. McClellan


Significant research is needed on specific sites and projects in northeastern Illinois and Chicago.  The two routes of the Freedom Trail start in Bronzeville and on the Sauk Trail at the southern edge of Cook County

(Over time, sites & topics will be added and dropped)


Specific projects:

            Develop general historic marker/interpretive sites:

            Develop UGRR monument in Chicago   

For the Chicago Detroit Freedom Trail: 

            Initial guidebooks   /  maps

Phone app   /   Interactive website

            Collecting freedom seeker stories

Interpretation of other Chicago sites


Main Route 

            Quinn Chapel

            Olivet Baptist Church

            Kuyper home/store -  103rd & Michigan

            Indiana Avenue Bridge

            Ton Farm-  NPS Network to Freedom site

                                   has designation and signage

  • Interpretation at Pullman NHP
  • Interpretation at Gardner/Wilcox House

Connections with related places:  Children’s Museum, CSU, Univ of Chicago,

        Du Sable Museum,  Bronzeville Trail


Sauk Trail Route

            Park Forest - sites on Sauk Trail

            McCoy Homestead – in Forest Preserves

            South Chicago Heights – Brown family home & tavern

            Vincennes Trace / Hubbard’s Trail

            Crete – Historical Museum Church & Cemetery -

                           NPS Network to Freedom site

            Crete – Bebee’s Grove:

                        Cushing   /  Bebee / Beach   /   Cook   / Safford 

                                   home sites

            Sauk Village – Sauk Trail marker and interpretation


      Contact the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad

                      Project through their Facebook page.

      Tom Shepherd  

      Larry McClellan