Indian Boundary Park

  • 2500 W. Lunt Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60645 [View Map]
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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 Volleyball Court

Indian Boundary Volleyball Court

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Notes: sand court

Indian Boundary Water Spray Feature

Indian Boundary Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 2500 W. Lunt Ave.

Events

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Art Camp at Indian Boundary 195270CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$316.00
Ballet Conditioning at Indian Boundary 195296InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/06/24 14:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$39.00
Dance Camp at Indian Boundary 195566CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$48.00
Knitting Club at Indian Boundary 196316OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/06/14 16:00From June 14, 2017 to August 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Musical Theater Camp at Indian Boundary 196666CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$316.00
Stained Glass at Indian Boundary 197101InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/06/21 18:00From June 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 6pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6pm
$114.00
Theater Camp Partnership at Indian Boundary 197446PartnershipGroupCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/08/07 17:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$200.00
Weaving Open Studio at Indian Boundary 197602OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/06/22 15:30From June 22, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 2pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$77.00

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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.

Did you know that Indian Boundary is on Facebook? Follow us.