The appropriateness of the weather in Chicago for on foot travel depends on the season. Winters often see below freezing weather, while early spring can be chilly and wet. Cool summer breezes off the water are welcomed by hikers and their hounds on hot, humid summer days.
Main thoroughfares feature commercial activity and plenty of traffic accessing businesses, waterfront, beaches, and harbors. Be careful when walking your dog in the region, keep your pet securely leashed, and be vigilant for traffic entering and exiting parking lots and at busy intersections.
There is a very large green space, Margate Park, along the lake on the eastern border of Edgewater that connects to Lincoln Park via the Chicago Lakefront Trail Greenway. Margate Park encompasses several beaches, harbors, and green spaces with lawns, plenty of trees, and walking trails that are ideal for area residents with canine companions for walking. There are even a few designated dog-friendly areas located here.
Puptown Dog Park is a fenced off-leash dog park with facilities for local pups to enjoy. There is also a dog-friendly area on the waterfront known as the Montrose Dog Beach. Pups participating in beach play must have an inexpensive "Dog-Friendly Tag" which is available from local veterinarians, ensuring dogs are vaccinated and free of communicable disease. This is a unique opportunity for local pet owners to play in the water with their off-leash dogs that is not available in many urban communities or beaches.