Chicago's weather is typical of any Great Lake-bordering city. The spring and fall seasons are warm, breezy, and a great time to go for long walks. The summer and winter months can bring changing weather patterns, so be sure to check the forecast before heading out and bring the appropriate gear. Your pooch will thank you for it!
Walking throughout the neighborhood is fairly easy, but you'll want to watch out for the busy roadways, particularly Taylor Street. At the center of Little Italy, it can become crowded, especially on weekends during tourist season. It's about a two-mile walk across the neighborhood starting from the edge of the Rush Medical Center to the southern part of the university's campus near the Halsted Street train station.
In the southeast corner of Little Italy, Addams/Medill Park is a large area with green space and courts or fields, popular for festivals and concerts during the summer. There is a dog park in the University Village area of the neighborhood with a double-gated entrance, fountains, and space for your pet to run around, but it is completely covered in concrete and may not be ideal for paws during very hot days so come prepared.