Michigan Ave. Bridge Gets New Name

Landmark now bears name of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Chicago's founding father

A Chicago landmark was renamed Friday in honor of the city's founding father.

Civic leaders and politicians, including Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Danny Davis, were on-hand at the ceremony to rename the Michigan Avenue bridge to "The DuSable Bridge."

The name honors Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Chicago's founder and first permanent resident.

"Chicago would not be what it is today if it weren't for DuSable's decision to settle here at the site of this bridge.  He is the founder of this city and his work jumpstarted a small trading post into a global metropolis," said Durbin.

The dedication ceremony took place on Pioneer Court, which is the site where Dusable established his first trading post.

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