Indian Boundary Park

  • 2500 W. Lunt Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60645 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Phil Martini
  • Park Phone: (773) 764.0338
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In the  Nature Play Center kids use their imagination and get creative while playing in this incredible outdoor space. The kids don’t have to say anything…you just look at the smiles on their faces and hear their contagious laughter as they explore. It’s magical. It’s peaceful. It’s awesome. Next time you visit the park check it out the Nature Play Center. The "magical" nature play center is open for special events during the winter.

The water spray feature has dancing bears and spray misters cool off community children and adults!

Tucked away in the West Ridge community sits a community treasure—Indian Boundary Park and Cultural Center. Beyond the quaint Tudor-style field house, visitors can discover a beautifully restored nature area and duck-filled lagoon, a children’s spray pool, and four tennis courts.

As a designated cultural center, Indian Boundary thrives with various painting, piano, dance and voice lessons for both children and adults. Check out the stained glass and weaving class options. Some classes take place on the park’s back porch, so that artists can use the park’s scenery as inspiration. Indian Boundary is a residency site in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s program, offering free, family-oriented and interactive concert performances for the community throughout the year.

Parties of 20 or more need to have a permit. Please contact the park staff.

Community residents enjoy the numerous special events produced by the park staff such as; Do-It-Yourself Nutcracker; Valentine's Daddy/Daughter - Mother/Son Party; and Community Halloween Bash to name a few.

Awards: May 2014: Indian Boundary Park Field House received an award for Preservation Excellence by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

The Indian Boundary fieldhouse, designed by Clarence Hatzfeld, features Native American-themed ornament inspired by the park’s name, taken from a territorial boundary established between the Pottawattomie Indians and United States Government. Inside is a beautiful auditorium with stage, used for programs, theater productions, concerts, community meetings and private rentals. 

History

Indian Boundary Park takes its name from a territorial boundary established by the Treaty of 1816 between the Pottawattomie Indians and the U.S. government. The boundary line, which ran through the land that is now the park, remained in effect only through 1833, when the Pottawattomies were forced entirely from the area in the face of white settlement.

Indian Boundary Park was the second and largest of the four parks created by the Ridge Avenue Park District. The others were Morse (now Matanky), Chippewa, and Pottawattomie. The Ridge Avenue district was the first of 19 neighborhood park commissions established after 1896 to serve areas recently annexed to the city. Chicago's three original park districts had authority only to create parks within the 1869 city limits.

The Ridge Avenue Park District began acquiring land for Indian Boundary Park in 1915. Richard F. Gloede, a designer of North Shore estate landscapes, developed an early plan for the park. In the mid-1920s, the Ridge Avenue Park District opened a small zoo, one of only two zoos in Chicago and initially housing only a lone black bear. The 1929 Tudor-Revival fieldhouse designed by architect Clarence Hatzfeld features Native American-themed ornament inspired by the park's name. Indian Boundary Park is unusual in that its eastern lawn flows seamlessly into the front yards of neighboring apartment buildings. This park feature was so well-received that in the 1960s the Chicago Park District closed off part of adjacent Estes Avenue as well.

In 2005 Indian Boundary Fieldhouse was designated a Historical Landmark by the City of Chicago and is also listed in the National Register of Historical Places.

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For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

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Allegra

Allegra (1)

Location Notes: Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

City Hall Keystone

City Hall Keystone (1)

Location Notes: Northwest of the field house, just north of W. Lunt Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

River Suite

River Suite (1)

Location Notes: Nature Play Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Indian Boundary Park

Indian Boundary Park

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Indian Boundary Cultural Center

Indian Boundary Cultural Center

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Hours: , , ,

Indian Boundary Lagoon

Indian Boundary Lagoon

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Notes: Indian Boundary Park Lagoon

Indian Boundary Auditorium

Indian Boundary Auditorium

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Notes: small concert stage

Nature Play Center

Nature Play Center

Location: 2500 W. Estes Ave

Hours: ,

Indian Boundary Picnic Groves

Indian Boundary Picnic Groves

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Indian Boundary Playground

Indian Boundary PlaygroundAccessible

Indian Boundary Tennis

Indian Boundary Tennis

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Notes: newly resurfaced and enclosed

Indian Boundary Water Spray Feature

Indian Boundary Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Events

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner at Indian Boundary Cancelled205125InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$39.00
Ballet - Beginner at Indian Boundary 224435InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/11/04 15:30From November 4, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Ballet - Beginner at Indian Boundary 224433InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/11/04 17:00From November 4, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$20.00
Ballet - Beginner at Indian Boundary Cancelled205124InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$39.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Indian Boundary Cancelled205146InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:45From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$39.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Indian Boundary 224436InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/11/01 23:45From November 1, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$20.00
Ballet Conditioning at Indian Boundary 224437InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/11/04 14:30From November 4, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$20.00
Ballet Conditioning at Indian Boundary Cancelled205152InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$39.00
ChgoChildren'sChoir Partnership at Indian Boundary 223836PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
ChgoChildren'sChoir Partnership at Indian Boundary Cancelled206922PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Creative Drama at Indian Boundary 205740InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Dance - East Indian Partnership at Indian Boundary 223837PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Dance - East Indian Partnership at Indian Boundary 223838PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 21:15From September 14, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Dance - East Indian Partnership at Indian Boundary 223839PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/14 22:15From September 14, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Dance - Modern at Indian Boundary Cancelled205814InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$39.00
Dance - Modern at Indian Boundary 224438InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/11/04 18:00From November 4, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Dino Diggers at Indian Boundary Cancelled205851InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Knitting Club at Indian Boundary 206492OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Little Artists at Indian Boundary Cancelled224189InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Mime Partnership at Indian Boundary 206789InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Nature Babies at Indian Boundary 206928InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/09/13 18:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$27.00
Painting Open Studio at Indian Boundary Cancelled206984OpenCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2017/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$0
Piano - Group - Beginner at Indian Boundary Cancelled222139InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$26.00
Piano at Indian Boundary Cancelled222134InstructionCulture and Arts - Music7 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 4:30pm
$100.00
Piano at Indian Boundary Cancelled222135InstructionCulture and Arts - Music7 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$100.00
Piano at Indian Boundary Cancelled222136InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 17Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$100.00
Piano at Indian Boundary Cancelled222137InstructionCulture and Arts - Music7 and upCoed2017/09/14 19:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$100.00
Song Writing at Indian Boundary Cancelled222138InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$26.00
Stained Glass at Indian Boundary 207815InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 6pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6pm
$114.00
Tot Spot at Indian Boundary 224187InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$20.00
Weaving Open Studio at Indian Boundary 208513OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 2pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$77.00
Yoga/Pilates at Indian Boundary 224439InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/11/02 23:30From November 2, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Indian Boundary Cancelled208708InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$39.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Indian Boundary 211460InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 5, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Art & ABCs at Indian Boundary 227135InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2018 to March 6, 2018
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Art & ABCs at Indian Boundary 227133InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2018 to March 7, 2018
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Ballet - Beginner at Indian Boundary 211553InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance14 and upCoed2018/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$40.00
Ballet - Beginner at Indian Boundary 211554InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$40.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Indian Boundary 211573InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$40.00
Ballet Conditioning at Indian Boundary 211578InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2018/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$40.00
ChgoChildren'sChoir Partnership at Indian Boundary 212136PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAnyCoed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 19, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Creative Drama at Indian Boundary 212196InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
CreativePerformance Partnership at Indian Boundary 226771PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 15 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Dance - Modern at Indian Boundary 212265InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2018/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$40.00
Dance Theatre Partnership at Indian Boundary 227136PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2018/01/11 21:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$25.00
Dance Theatre Partnership at Indian Boundary 212284PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2018/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Dance Theatre Partnership at Indian Boundary 212285PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/11 23:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Dino Diggers at Indian Boundary 212300InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 19:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Dino Diggers at Indian Boundary 227134InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Drawing & Painting at Indian Boundary Cancelled227137InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Drawing & Painting at Indian Boundary 227138InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Knitting Club at Indian Boundary 212815OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2018/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Nature Babies at Indian Boundary 227142InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Painting Open Studio at Indian Boundary 213273OpenCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2018/01/11 23:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$0
Stained Glass at Indian Boundary 213950InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2018/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 6pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6pm
$117.00
Weaving Open Studio at Indian Boundary 214539OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2018/01/12 16:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 2pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$78.00
Yoga Partnership at Indian Boundary 214673PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2018 to March 10, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$12.00
Yoga/Pilates at Indian Boundary 214680InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$40.00

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In the  Nature Play Center kids use their imagination and get creative while playing in this incredible outdoor space. The kids don’t have to say anything…you just look at the smiles on their faces and hear their contagious laughter as they explore. It’s magical. It’s peaceful. It’s awesome. Next time you visit the park check it out the Nature Play Center. The "magical" nature play center is open for special events during the winter.

The water spray feature has dancing bears and spray misters cool off community children and adults!

Tucked away in the West Ridge community sits a community treasure—Indian Boundary Park and Cultural Center. Beyond the quaint Tudor-style field house, visitors can discover a beautifully restored nature area and duck-filled lagoon, a children’s spray pool, and four tennis courts.

As a designated cultural center, Indian Boundary thrives with various painting, piano, dance and voice lessons for both children and adults. Check out the stained glass and weaving class options. Some classes take place on the park’s back porch, so that artists can use the park’s scenery as inspiration. Indian Boundary is a residency site in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s program, offering free, family-oriented and interactive concert performances for the community throughout the year.

Parties of 20 or more need to have a permit. Please contact the park staff.

Community residents enjoy the numerous special events produced by the park staff such as; Do-It-Yourself Nutcracker; Valentine's Daddy/Daughter - Mother/Son Party; and Community Halloween Bash to name a few.

Awards: May 2014: Indian Boundary Park Field House received an award for Preservation Excellence by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

The Indian Boundary fieldhouse, designed by Clarence Hatzfeld, features Native American-themed ornament inspired by the park’s name, taken from a territorial boundary established between the Pottawattomie Indians and United States Government. Inside is a beautiful auditorium with stage, used for programs, theater productions, concerts, community meetings and private rentals. 

Indian Boundary Park takes its name from a territorial boundary established by the Treaty of 1816 between the Pottawattomie Indians and the U.S. government. The boundary line, which ran through the land that is now the park, remained in effect only through 1833, when the Pottawattomies were forced entirely from the area in the face of white settlement.

Indian Boundary Park was the second and largest of the four parks created by the Ridge Avenue Park District. The others were Morse (now Matanky), Chippewa, and Pottawattomie. The Ridge Avenue district was the first of 19 neighborhood park commissions established after 1896 to serve areas recently annexed to the city. Chicago's three original park districts had authority only to create parks within the 1869 city limits.

The Ridge Avenue Park District began acquiring land for Indian Boundary Park in 1915. Richard F. Gloede, a designer of North Shore estate landscapes, developed an early plan for the park. In the mid-1920s, the Ridge Avenue Park District opened a small zoo, one of only two zoos in Chicago and initially housing only a lone black bear. The 1929 Tudor-Revival fieldhouse designed by architect Clarence Hatzfeld features Native American-themed ornament inspired by the park's name. Indian Boundary Park is unusual in that its eastern lawn flows seamlessly into the front yards of neighboring apartment buildings. This park feature was so well-received that in the 1960s the Chicago Park District closed off part of adjacent Estes Avenue as well.

In 2005 Indian Boundary Fieldhouse was designated a Historical Landmark by the City of Chicago and is also listed in the National Register of Historical Places.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

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