At one point in time, Little Italy was the heart of the Italian community in Chicago despite efforts to destroy it by tearing down a vast swath of the city in order to build the University of Illinois. Since then, the area has also become known as University Village. It's now home to hundreds of students, yet many Italian-American families still call the community home. Not only will you find lots of fabulous eateries in the city, but you can take a stroll through Maxwell Street Market which has roots going all the way back to the turn of the 20th century. It is a great way to find amazing Mexican food and super deals on a wide range of goods. There are several dog-friendly parks in the area and a few groomers and pet stores within each driving distance for you and your pup to check out on your walks, making this neighborhood a great place for pet owners.
While there might be plenty of trees and green areas in Little Italy, the terrain itself is incredibly flat. This is perfect for the first-time dog owner to get out with their favorite four-legged friend and enjoy the fresh air. Although the terrain is flat, there is no reason why you and your pup shouldn't get out there and get in your daily exercise. If you want to get in your walks without becoming bored, try walking in different parts of the community, vary which way you go, what blocks you go around, which parks you visit, and more! Go fast one day, take your time and go slow the next. Incorporate a walk around Addams/Medill Park on the trails, stop for a pee break, or take time out to play. No matter what you do, as long as you make it fun for your pup, going for a walk will always be interesting!
For such a small community within the Greater Chicago area, Little Italy/University Village has a lot of green space for you and your pooch to enjoy. Not only are there several parks for you and your puppy to enjoy, but there is also the grounds of the University and all of its sports fields.
One of the largest parks here is Addams/Medill Park down in the southwest corner of the community. Addams/Medill is a community park with plenty of room for soccer, football, and many other activities. But most of all, it is a great place to walk your pup and give them room to run and play.
Amigo and Vernon Park butt right up against each other, the former offering a little over 6 acres of grass and trees to wander around while Vernon Park is a little smaller, but still has plenty of room for the two of you to play in.