Lawndale, also known as 'North Lawndale', is a neighborhood located a few miles west of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Homan Square, Marshall Square, and Little Village. Lawndale is mostly a lower-income, residential area with a few main streets and businesses. It is bisected by Ogden Avenue which is a major thoroughfare that hosts most of the commercial activity in the neighborhood. The rest of the neighborhood is a densely populated area of apartment complexes, small homes, chain businesses, and some small proprietorships. South Lawndale is located a few blocks to the south and it is a more upscale, revitalized area.
Chicago can be a beautiful place to walk a dog in the summer time, but it is known for its brutally cold winters. Biting winds coming off of Lake Michigan can be bone-chilling in the colder months, so it will be important to take the proper precautions to keep yourself and your dog warm.
The terrain in Lawndale is similar to much of the Chicago area in that it is flat and mild. You will not see any steep hills, inclines, or dramatic changes in elevation while on a walk in Lawndale. The terrain is mostly artificial. Some streets are lined with trees and grassy areas, but it is mostly an urban atmosphere with lots of concrete, so keep an eye out for sensitive paw pads that can burn on hot pavement in the summer.
Lawndale isn’t the busiest section of town, but it can have some foot traffic and road traffic during rush hour times. If you walk in the more residential sections, you are likely to avoid clogged streets, but the major thoroughfares have much more to do and see than in the residential sections. The terrain for dog walking in Lawndale isn’t exactly ideal, so it may be best to venture out into Lawndale’s parks or neighboring communities.
Lawndale has a wide array of parks and greenways. In the eastern section of the neighborhood, there is Douglas Park which is an enormous expanse of green space and fields. The park spans 173 acres and has five playgrounds, a miniature golf course, a swimming pool, multiple types of athletic fields, and a running track that circles around its perimeter. The size and variety of Douglas Park make it a great space for dog walking.
In the western section of Lawndale, there is Franklin Park which is smaller in size, but still a great area for dog walking. The park has four baseball diamonds, some wooded areas, and some open green space with trails around the complex for walking. It is a common practice space for little league teams and is used for many different recreational sporting events. In the eastern part of the park, there is a swimming pool, a blacktop, and an indoor multi-purpose complex.