Near South Side is a small community in the Greater Chicago area and is home to a number of historic buildings including Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, the Clarke House Museum, and the Glessner House Museum. Most of the area is dedicated to multifamily housing and commercial businesses. Despite this, there are plenty of places to take your dog for a walk, including the Prairie District Dog Park where you can let your pup play with his friends off-leash.
The district boasts a number of restaurants for you to enjoy and offers plenty to do all year round. The one thing you do need to plan for is traffic during football season when the Bears are at home. The stadium is always packed no matter how cold the weather happens to be as Bears fans are incredibly supportive of their home team and will do anything to make it to the games.
If you have never been to the Greater Chicago area, it can be hard to imagine a city being built on ground that is this flat. However, this is precisely what the entire Chicago area happens to be. If it weren't for the buildings, you could literally look across the plains and see from one side to the other. While this might not make for the most challenging of walks with your dog, it makes the entire area more walkable during the winter when the lake effect snows start to pile up and streets become a little more difficult to navigate. This is the time of year when you are glad the streets are not like those in San Francisco. With a little creativity, you can vary your walks to cover different parts of the community, giving your pooch a chance to sniff something new every day of the week.
Near South Side is close to a number of small parks, most of which are quite dog-friendly. There are several dog parks in the area including Coliseum Park, Prairie District Dog Park, and, of course, the Grant Bark Park which is part of the Grant Park Complex. The one thing you might not understand is that the Grant Bark Park is mostly concrete, but there is plenty of grass around the rest of the park for you and Rover to enjoy.
One more park that is highly rated and has a place for your pup to play is the Mark Twain Park. This park offers a nice, quiet environment for your entire family, including your dog, to enjoy a day out. One last cool place to take your pooch is the Fred Anderson Dog Park. Here, you will find plenty of grass, obstacles for your dog to play on, covered seating, and plenty of water.