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Indian Boundary Line — Now Rogers Avenue — To Be Focus Of Planning Effort

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SAUGANASH — Rogers Avenue isn't even a particularly big street through Sauganash, where it snakes through the tree-lined neighborhood, leading past the neighborhood's namesake park.

But 200 years ago, what is now Rogers Avenue was known as the Indian Boundary Line, which separated land owned by Native American tribes and the area the Sauk and Fox tribes ceded to the U.S. government.

A workshop set to take place from noon to 3 p.m. July 9 at Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner Ave., will ask architects, urban planners and community members "to reinterpret the urban fabric by incorporating neighborhood memories, significant historical and cultural narratives into residents' daily commutes."

Snacks will be served at the workshop, which is part of Good City Group's Last Mile effort to get more people to walk and use public transportation, organizers said.

Participants are encouraged to bring their stories about special places as well as pictures of your favorite sites as well as ideas about how they can be best used.

The Good City team will gather the input as part of a collaborative process to create and map a series of short cultural walks, organizers said.

After the workshop, an event dubbed Walk the Line will take place Aug. 21 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Indian Boundary Line. Organized by Good City Group in conjunction with Jane's Walk Chicago, a movement inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs that helps people connect with their community and environment.

For more information, go to goodcitygroup.org.

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