Credit: Sam Worley

If you’re coming from the east, Estes Avenue turns without warning, and quite seamlessly, into Indian Boundary Park. It’s as if somebody threw some sod over the street and called it a day: the trees stand in boulevard formation, and the ground has a slight rise to it. In fact that’s more or less what happened. The park was so “well-received,” according to the Chicago Park District, that in the 1960s it was decided to extend it over Estes. The grounds extend as far south as Lunt, and include ponds and a Tudor-style field house. A nominal “zoo” opened in the 1920s with just a single black bear; these days it houses goats, sheep, chicken, and ducks. Indian Boundary Park gets its name from a territorial line established in 1816 between the Potawatomi and the U.S. government. The line only held till 1833, though, when the tribe was forced out entirely.

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