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Indian Head Park

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Rich with historic heritage, green spaces and open residential settings, the Village of Indian Head Park is a predominantly residential community located at the convergence of I- 55 (Stevenson) and I-294 (Tri-State). Located conveniently to downtown, airports and shopping, with excellent schools and municipal services our residents enjoy easy access to almost any destination.

The Village was named and incorporated appropriately as the Village of Indian Head Park in 1959. Its origins trace back to the Potawatomie Indians and as part of a stagecoach route that ran from Chicago to Ottawa at the Illinois River. The residence of Robert Vial, one of the first settlers to this area, was a strategic location along this route where many travelers stopped while they switched horses, including Potawatomi Chief Shabbona, an important liaison between the settlers and Native Americans. Later it was the site of the area Post Office and first Cook County Democratic convention in 1836. In 1843, the Vial family started the first Congregation Church of Lyonsville in a schoolhouse on Joliet Road across from its current location. In 1858 the building that is now the Lyonsville Congregational Church was dedicated. More recent history included the location of several 18-hole golf courses with rolling hills and trees that promoted an early focus on open green spaces and large residential lots.

The original development of what is now Indian Head Park began in 1946 with the development of 20 lots west of Wolf Road by developer Norman Higby. Nineteen families are credited with being the original owners in Higby’s development. The original “Old Town” was developed starting in the 1950s, followed by the development of the initial condo and townhome developments in the 1970s and 80s of Acacia, Wilshire Green, Flagg Creek and Indian Ridge, and newer developments in the 1990s including Ashbrook, Indian Wood Townhomes, Chestnut on the Green and others.

With a population of just under 4,000, Indian Head Park is predominantly a residential community that includes service, retail, and commercial areas. The area around Joliet Road serves as our retail corridor, with many options for eating, shopping, and wellness with several retailers specializing in hair, beauty, and spa services. Wolf’s Head Inn and Willow Hill Restaurant are two favorite destinations for our residents for friendly conversation and great food. Our commercial section is mostly south of Joliet Road and borders the Tri-State Tollway.

Our residents have excellent public school districts serving our Community with high achieving academic track records and strong parental and community involvement – K-8 students just north of Joliet Road attend Highlands School (District 106), while K-8 students just south of Tecumseh Road attend Pleasantdale School (District 107). Our young adults have access to the highly-rated Lyons Township High School (District 204), and there are also parochial options convenient to our location for both elementary, middle and high school.

Residents of Indian Head Park are offered municipal public works services including snow removal and water (some residents are served by Highlands Sanitary District), and a Village Police Department that provides public safety services. The Pleasantview Fire Protection District serves our community for paramedic and fire emergencies, with station locations one just to our north on Plainfield Road and another south on Wolf Road.

Indian Head Park has several public parks with playgrounds, and a historic Community Center - Blackhawk Park, Sacajawea Park, and the Heritage Center. Additionally, part of our Village is served by the Pleasantdale Park District, which provides recreational programs for all ages and access to the Flagg Creek Golf course.

Indian Head Park strives to maintain an atmosphere of natural beauty balanced with neighborly caring and community involvement. With large lots, a designated “Tree City”, and an emphasis on green space, it is still “the best kept secret in Chicago” and a great place to live, work and play!

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