Battle descendants and War of 1812 reenactors are expected to attend the event Saturday too.
The park is at the approximate site of a battle that was part of the War of 1812 between the United States and the British. After a group of U.S. soldiers and civilians evacuated Fort Dearborn, they were attacked by a group of Potawatomi Indians allied with the British.
Park name forced neighbors, American Indians back to 1812
By Micah Maidenberg
He came to learn about the Battle of Fort Dearborn. “This site at 18th and Calumet kept coming up. I kept reading—it was referenced four, five, six times. This is pretty significant here,” he said of the intersection, the approximate place of an Aug. 15, 1812, fight between American soldiers and hundreds of American Indians.
The battle, as described by author and historian Jerry Crimmins, is one of those foundational stories from Chicago’s early history.
John Low wrote to Kieras and asked why Potawatomi tribe wasn't involved in the naming process. A discussion ensued and the participants eventually decided on the "Battle of Fort Dearborn" name.
Below: "John Low, executive director of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Col. Thomas Purple Jr., commander of a South Loop-based Illinois National Guard brigade and Tina Feldstein, president of the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, were among those who worked collaboratively to name a park at 18th and Calumet." (Frank Pinc/Staff Photographer)