Greektown is a culturally rich neighborhood full of great nightlife and dining. It is on the west side of Chicago and is one of the many neighborhoods in the Near Westside area. This neighborhood lies just west of the Loop and is bordered by Highway 90. As you may suspect by the name, this neighborhood was once home to the majority of the Greek American population of Chicago.
While this neighborhood is now diverse, it still retains its Greek cultural heritage, containing a cultural museum as well as an annual festival to highlight the heritage of the neighborhood. Unlike many Chicago neighborhoods that have lost their ethnic character as they diversified, this neighborhood retains a distinct Greek identity. This is a very small neighborhood which offers a lot of interesting cultural activity and is best for a slow walk. There are several good amenities for dogs in this area including the Bartelme Dog-Friendly Area which lies within Mary Bartelme Park.
Walking through this little neighborhood is fascinating, but it certainly feels like a city walk. There are not many residences in this area, but those that are here are larger apartment buildings. There is no divider between sidewalks, generally busy with pedestrian traffic, and the roads, which are busy with vehicular traffic, so you will find yourself walking your dog on a close leash.
Mary Bartelme Park is just across the border and is a perfect place for you to go with your dog. This park features large grassy areas with interspersed trees for you to enjoy, as well as lovely landscaping around the paved trails. The Bartelme Dog-Friendly Area provides a place for your dog to play off-leash with their friends. Socializing your dog in this way is extremely important, especially if most of their exposure to other dogs is on a leash during city walking when they won't have a chance to meet properly.
Mary Bartelme Park, with its Bartelme Dog-Friendly Area is just across the border from Greektown. You can also choose to walk through Heritage Green Park which has a large grassy area for you to play a game of ball or fetch with your dog on a leash, as well as beautiful attractive landscaping and paved paths.
When you get to the river, you will find the South Riverside Plaza which extends along the south branch of the Chicago River for many miles. The plaza walkway turns into West Polk Street. At this point, you can either walk along the street or stick to the seawall and shoreline.
You can cross the bridge at the Chicago Kansas City Expressway, West Harrison Street, or West 18th Street and find a lovely area along the water in Ping Tom Memorial Park. This park offers a huge grassy area for you to enjoy with your dog and many miles of paved pathway to explore.