Grand Crossing is the original community established in the 1870s at the site of an ongoing feud between two railroads. The result of the dispute was a terrible crash between two trains where the tracks from both companies crossed each other. Like most older communities in the Greater Chicago area, the sidewalks have plenty of trees and grass to help keep you in the shade on your walks and give your pup a place to pee. Depending on what area you live in, your walk should take you past any number of eateries, parks, and greenspaces. The district also offers several pet stores and grooming salons to choose from and there is an animal hospital within reasonable driving distance should the need arise. Like most of Chicago, three out of the four seasons are ideal for taking lovely long walks, but once winter sets in, you may not feel much like venturing out.
Like most of Chicago, the ground here couldn't be any flatter if you took an iron to it. If it weren't for all the buildings, you could almost see from one side of the city to the other. The level ground doesn't make for an invigorating walk, but at least you will get plenty of exercise.
The area is broken into sections by S. Chicago Ave, the railroads, I-90, and I-94. But don't let this scare you as there are plenty of places to walk no matter which side of the tracks you live on. Grand Crossing might be an older part of town, but the traffic here can still be heavy at times. Keep this in mind and do your best to avoid rush hour times. The good news is that no matter where you live in Greater Grand Crossing, you are only a short drive from a wide range of parks.
Greenspaces in just about any major city can be pretty hard to find. Thankfully, Grand Crossing is not one of them. As you walk through the area, most of the streets have green space dividers of grass and nice, shady trees. These can become small oases when you're out on a summer walk by providing that little bit of cool shade in an otherwise endless concrete desert.
There are a number of dog-friendly parks in the area, all of which can be easily accessed and have plenty of room to let your pup run as long as he or she is on a leash. Use your own discretion when it comes to greeting other pedestrians and their dogs. One thing you can count on, no matter where you are in Grand Crossing is that you are never far away from a park, a stretch of grass under shady trees, or somewhere to stretch your pup's legs and work off the day's lunch.