Walking around this district, you'll encounter old and new architecture, but one thing that might make this neighborhood even more unique is that you'll find buildings both old and new; old warehouses that have been converted into lofts or a structure of rentable office or studio spaces. For the forefathers of the Windy City and the ones that call it home today, possibilities are endless, a concept that's introduced to you again and again as you wander around this resourceful area.
This activity can offer great training opportunities if your pet is reactive towards strangers and even better exposure for puppies in their socialization period. Walking around Fulton River District may call for lots of reassurance for dogs lacking confidence or puppies still learning their world, so bring a bag of motivating treats to keep the walk more on the exciting side and less frightening.
Sadly there is no walk that lines the District's eastern border where the Chicago River cuts through in its entirety, but you and your pup can follow a few short steps down off of N. Canal Street. These semi-hidden stairs lead down onto short boarded walkways.
Fulton River Park is utilized by a number of nearby apartment and condo dwellers who own dogs, big and small. Dogs must remain leashed in most of the park, but they are still welcome and are likely to meet a friend or two. If you're looking for some off-leash exercise, there is the Park 551 Dog-Friendly Area within Fulton River Park for your pet to enjoy.
Even further north is Ward A. Montgomery Park which is a local favorite for many Chicagoans as it offers river views, beautifully manicured landscaping, a playground, several sidewalks that line the river, and a dog park.