North Lawndale is an area of Greystone Homes and part of the NHS Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative. This project is dedicated to preserving this historic part of Chicago. Along with the Greystones, there are plenty of multifamily housing units. While the area might have gone into decline during the 60s through 80s, thanks to the efforts of organizations such as the Greystone Initiative, North Lawndale is starting to see a slow but steady rebirth. For dog lovers, there are plenty of parks to play in, long tree-lined sidewalks to enjoy brisk walks on, and several groomers and pet stores in the area. There are also several restaurants in the area that are very much worth checking out. If you are looking for something different to do while you walk, take the time to tour the Greystones and see what the North Lawndale must have looked like back in its heyday.
If you could envision a sheet of glass with a town built on it, that would be an excellent way to describe the terrain in North Lawndale. However, don't let the flat ground fool you into thinking your walks will be boring. The only reason for you to feel this way is if you insist on taking the same path each time you take Fido for a walk. There are so many tree-lined streets to choose from that you can create a new route for your daily walks virtually every day of the year. No one says you have to stick to just North Lawndale. You have the entire Lawndale community to choose from! The only real limitations are how far you are willing to walk and whether your pup is up to the distance you plan to cover. With no hills to deal with, long walks are entirely possible.
Like most communities in Chicago, there are several parks within walking distance. Some, like London Park, are more of a children's play area along with a small area of grass. While no one is going to say you can't take your pup into these areas, you must keep your dog on a leash and clean up after him. Others like Independence Square offer large grassy areas with trails. The North Lawndale Peace Park was inspired by 'Ten Thousand Ripples' and features several Buddha heads set in the ground. It is the perfect place for you, your family, and your pup to spend a little time running around and getting in a bit more exercise. It is also a fantastic place for a picnic lunch, relaxing with a good book, or breathing in the fresh air. This is the first of what is hoped to be a series of parks built onto vacant lots throughout North Lawndale.