When residents are venturing out on foot with their dog, they should be aware that weather in the Chicago area is not always cooperative for pedestrian travel. Winter can be very cold, springs rainy, and summers hot and humid. Because the community is located adjacent to Lake Michigan, some of the more extreme temperatures experienced by Chicago are moderated, making the climate in Groveland Park a little more bearable.
The large Burnham Park along the coast of Lake Michigan sits to the east of Groveland Park and can be accessed by the 35th Street pedestrian bridge. This large park has 6 miles of open lawns, trees, and pedestrian trails right along the shore of Lake Michigan. The park also contains a skatepark, access to several beaches, and facilities including an aquarium and museum. You can also access the 18-mile greenway along the Chicago Lakefront Trail that extends north to Lincoln Park. This trail is a fantastic opportunity for Groveland Park residents with dogs who want a nice, long walk with views of the Lake.