Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable – on the east side of Michigan Avenue at the north side of the river is a bust honoring: “Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable – 1745-1818 – Founder of Chicago – African-Caribbean, born in St. Mare, Haiti – In the 1770`s he opened the first trading post beside the Chicago river, establishing the settlement that became Chicago – The DuSable homestead was located near this site – This monument is given to the City of Chicago by Haitian-born Mr. Lesly Benodin to honor the legacy of its founder – Bust of Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable – Erik Blome – 2009 – City of Chicago -Richard M. Daley, Mayor – Public Art Collection.” [Photograph by Ulrich Danckers, 2010]
Jolliet – 1903 · monumental bronze statue of Louis Jolliet in front of the Joliet Public Library, dedicated on Feb. 14, 1904. Sculptor: Sigvald Asbjornsen; located and photographed by Alan Gornik, 2010. Also see Chicago Portage National Historic Site; also see Marquette & Jolliet.
Jolliet & Marquette – 1925 · bronze bas-relief plaque located on the east railing of the Michigan Avenue bridge. The text on the right reads: “This tablet is placed by the Illinois Society of Colonial Dames of America under the auspices of the Chicago Historical Society – 1925.” The central portion pictures an Indian guide, the two explorers, and five voyageurs within their canoe. The photograph was taken by Alan Gornik, 2006.