Armour Square is a historic Chicago neighborhood located on the city’s south side. Chicago’s Chinatown is also located within the bounds of Armour Square, making it a popular tourist attraction with plenty of good places to eat and sights to see. The neighborhood runs parallel to I-90 and has a large park in the middle called Armour Square Park. Though it is somewhat removed from Chicago’s main business district just to the north, it is still a part of town with heavy street and foot traffic as well as bars, entertainment, and restaurants. It is also the home of the Chicago White Sox stadium.
Chicago is known for its beautiful summers as well as its harsh, cold winters with biting winds coming in from Lake Michigan in the colder months. Because of this, you will want to take precautions if you are walking your dog during the cold season in Chicago as temperatures can be brutal without proper body coverings.
The terrain in Armour Square is extremely flat and mild, meaning you will likely not see any inclines, hills, or drastic changes in elevation at any point on a walk. The neighborhood has a combination of residential areas and commercial areas, and save for Armour Square Park, is a mostly artificial environment. You are likely to run into a higher concentration of both foot and street traffic when approaching the Chinatown area, but the whole neighborhood is a fairly busy place – especially during rush hour. Use appropriate precautions when crossing busy streets, as both vehicular and pedestrian traffic may be heavy and make walking through the area somewhat challenging.
Factors like Guaranteed Rate Field (White Sox Stadium), multiple gymnasiums and recreation centers, and the tourism in Chinatown make the Armour Square neighborhood a variable place for terrain and environment, so dog walking is likely to be a slightly different experience day to day.
There are no major greenways or parks in Armour Square except for Armour Square Park itself which is 10 acres in size and is located directly across from Guaranteed Rate Field. The complex features a fitness center as well as two gyms, an auditorium, and multiple conference rooms that are used for many purposes. There is plenty of open green space in the park that locals use for dog walking as well as picnics, family gatherings, and other recreational activities. The park also features multiple athletic fields, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a playground for children.
There are a few smaller patches of green space in Armour Square and Chinatown, but the park itself is the only major greenway in the neighborhood. However, just to the east of Guaranteed Rate Field, there is Stateway Park which is a smaller green area that is only a few minutes on foot from Armour Square.