Near North Side is one of the three areas that make up Central Chicago. It is the northernmost of the three and encompasses several, smaller communities including Goose Island, Old Town, Gold Coast, Cabrini-Green, River North, and Streeterville. This part of Chicago sits between the North Branch of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. One of the great things for dog lovers is that there are a number of pet supply stores and dog groomers in the area. This affluent part of Chicago has the most substantial amount of skyscrapers in the city and is very well known for its affluence and glitz. These can be seen in the Gold Coast, Navy Pier, and Magnificent Mile. It is also listed as being the oldest part of Chicago, dating back to the 1780s. At one point, it was known as McCormickville after the McCormick family who gained fame through their mechanical reaper frame.
The terrain here is just as flat as the rest of Chicago, offering you with very little in the way of challenging places to walk. But if you are serious about getting the most out of your walks with Fifi, you have to be willing to think outside of the box. The good news is that there are plenty of shady sidewalks for you and Fifi to explore. While some hills would add a nice touch your walks, you don't need them. Instead, you need to learn how to make the most of what you have. Try taking as many different routes as you can and varying the time of day you go walking. Be ready to pile everyone in the car and head over the lake. The North Avenue Beach is within driving distance along with Lincoln Park. Remember to pack a lunch and a few doggy doo bags to clean up after your dog!
Near North Side offers plenty of green spaces and parks providing you are willing to travel to them. Most of the parks are located in the Cabrini-Green. However, Washington Square Park located in the heart of Near North Side offers a small, shady area with a large fountain surrounded by a floral garden. There are a few benches for you to relax on or you can wander around under the shady trees, letting Fifi get plenty of healthy exercise. On the western side of this section of Chicago, there are several vast expanses of grass where buildings have been demolished, allowing Mother Nature to reclaim the land. While most of the local parks are at least dog-friendly, there is one dog park located at the corner of W. Ohio St. and N. Orleans St. where you can let Fifi run around off-leash and make new friends or catch up with old ones.