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Indian Boundary Park

Tucked away in the West Ridge community is a treasured place— Indian Boundary Park. The 13-acre park was developed in two major phases—the first in 1916 and the second in the early 1920s. Plans for both phases were created by Richard Gloede, a landscape gardener and horticulturalist from Evanston. Unlike other parks of the era that accommodated numerous athletic activities, Gloede and the Park Board sought to create a beautiful landscape for rest and relaxation. The park has always had a seamless relationship with the adjacent neighborhood, and despite various changes over the years, Indian Boundary Park has always retained its special character.

  • 1.

    People, Nature, & Culture

    People, Nature, & Culture

    Follow Julia Bachrach, the former Chicago Park District historian, as she takes you on a historical journey through Indian Boundary Park.

  • 2.

    The Early Days

    The Early Days

    Step back into the 1800's when Indian Boundary Park was established.

  • 3.

    The Playground

    The Playground

    Robert Leathers, the "Johnny Appleseed of the swing set" designs Indian Boundary Park's custom play spaces in the late 1980s.

  • 4.

    Surrounding Neighborhood

    Surrounding Neighborhood

    Travel through history to learn about Indian Boundary Park's connection to its local neighborhoods over time.

  • 5.

    Nature Play Area

    Nature Play Area

    Visit one of Indian Boundary Park's major modern attractions, and find out about it's early life as a zoo.

  • 6.

    The Lagoon

    The Lagoon

    Learn about the beauty and ecology behind the Lagoon at Indian Boundary Park.

  • 7.

    The Field House

    The Field House

    Get to know Indian Boundary Park's Tudor Revival-style field house.

  • 8.

    The Park's Development

    The Park's Development

    "Keep off the Grass" and go back to Indian Boundary Park's growth and expansion in the 1910's through the 1920's.

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