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Do You Know All the Illinois Places with Native American Names?

Wondering about that city, river, or road name? Chances are, it can be traced back to the area's original residents.

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Illinois is full of Native American-based place names–just check out this list from the Chicago Sun-Times. It includes towns such as Minooka, Sauk Village, and Chicago itself; roads like Lake County’s Aptakisic; parks like St. Charles’s Pottawatomie; and rivers such as the Kaskaskia, Calumet, and the Mississippi.