Walking around Lincoln Square, you and your pup are sure to see a number of relics to Chicago's early history with old houses and apartment buildings, but you'll find just as many restaurants and shopping centers. The locality of a Catholic school, U.S. post office, and ethnic grocery outlets give Lincoln Square appeal to young families, singles, and seniors alike. A major part of its appeal may be its distance from the city center, which gives the area marginally cheaper rent costs but also the ability to travel to downtown by car or public transit.
Due to a number of geographical factors, hills aren't typically present in Chicago, so don't expect any huffing or puffing up inclines. If looking for an added challenge in order to exercise yourself and your pup, try walking longer distances. If your dog is wary of lots of traffic or suspicious of anyone they don't know, you may want to avoid W. Lawrence Ave. and N. Western Ave. where a number of bus stops make for added traffic and strangers lining the sidewalks.
Although small in size, Gross Park offers a playground, basketball courts, and athletic fields for children and their families to enjoy. Dogs are welcome here but must be leashed.
Walk ten minutes directly south of Lincoln Square and you'll come across Welles Park. Complete with multiple recreational opportunities and an indoor pool, Welles Park is a public space for athletes but also musicians and music-lovers. There are also open, grassy lawns, giving your canine friend the perfect opportunity to run, roll, sniff, and fetch.Lincoln Square is unique in the fact that although it isn't laden with many parks, it is between two larger ones: Winnemac and Ronan. Ronan Park stretches up and melds together with both River Park and Legion Park, creating a long green spine that runs through Chicago's north and northwest neighborhoods. This trifecta of parks is along the Chicago River, giving its visitors serene views of the water and the wildlife that calls it home.