Auburn Gresham is a large square-shaped neighborhood near the south side of Chicago. Homes in Auburn-Gresham tend to be single-family homes of primarily red brick construction, with tiny front yards that are generally not fenced. The divider between the sidewalk and the street is very wide and grassy, so you will be able to give your dog some relative freedom on her leash or go biking at her side.
If you are looking for a change from walking on the neighborhood streets, there are several options available to you. A handful of regional ballparks dot Auburn Gresham and many have pleasant tree-lined walking paths as well. The long, straight sidewalks along the perimeter of these parks are also a great place to be on wheels with your dog. If you want more natural exploration, right across the perimeter of Auburn Gresham is the Dan Ryan Woods which offer lots of forest for you and your dog to explore.
It isn't challenging to walk down the wide sidewalks of Auburn Gresham, with the grassy yards on one side and the grassy divider on the other that allow you to steer clear of pedestrians. Tree cover is intermittent, providing for some cover on hot, sunny, Chicago days, but also allowing for sunshine on cooler days.
A handful of regional ballparks provide a break from the long, straight neighborhood streets and some nice paths through tree cover. For much more natural exploration with your dog, you can visit the Dan Ryan Woods. This lovely area offers not only pleasant walking trails through the forest, but also wide, open areas where you can play fetch or frisbee with your dog. Pavilions and other public spaces are provided in case you experience inclement weather when you are out walking. This is a large park where you will have lots of room to explore with your canine companion.
Aside from the smattering of regional parks, by far the best green space available to you in Auburn Gresham is the large forest called Dan Ryan Woods which sits at the perimeter. This forest is large enough to support a fair amount of wildlife and is a favorite place for both residential and migrating birds to roost.
The forest borders several large areas where you can enjoy open fields while being located near acres and acres of golf course. While you won't be able to go on to the golf course with your dog, the proximity to it will give you a chance to see even more bird life than would be available in the park alone. The forested areas will give your dog a welcome chance to experience nature and smell the trails left by wildlife in the night, while you enjoy walking your dog on a loose leash and breathing in the fresh air.