South Chicago is a culturally diverse community far to the south of downtown Chicago. The area sits on the shore of Lake Michigan and offers a wide range of both single and multi-family housing, several parks to play in, and most importantly for those who want to live in the Greater Chicago area, affordable housing. Following the shutdown of South Works, the city fell on hard times, but in recent years is seeing a boom as plans are being laid to develop the old South Works land.
South Chicago is sandwiched between I-90 and Lake Michigan. There are numerous dog-friendly parks and pet supply stores within driving distance. Living right on the shores of Lake Michigan can be a pleasant experience in the summer as the beaches are clean, some are dog-friendly, and the waters of Lake Michigan are decent enough for you, your family, and your four-legged friend to go for a dip in.
The terrain here is exceptionally flat except where the beaches flow into the lake. For the avid dog-walker and energetic dog, this type of terrain doesn't have much to offer. No matter where you go throughout the residential areas of South Chicago, you will find long front yards separated from the streets by grass and wide, tree-lined sidewalks. Thanks to the many trees along the way, you and your pup will have plenty of shade to keep you cooler during your summer walks when the temperatures are sweltering.
While there may not be any hills to add a challenge to hiking with your pooch, there are ways you can at least make the walks more interesting. For example, try going around different blocks, going to various parks, or hiking over to the lake and taking in a stroll on the beach early in the morning or later in the evening.
South Chicago is a densely built-up area consisting of residential, commercial, and industrial zones. Yet no matter where you look, there are parks for you and your pup to play in, vacant lots that have been allowed to return to nature, and, of course, the shoreline of Lake Michigan with plenty of green space and beaches for you and your dog to enjoy. By far the biggest parks are Rainbow Beach Park and Park 566 which run for several miles along the shores of the lake.
Rainbow Beach Park is dog-friendly, allowing you and your pup to enjoy plenty of grass and sand to play on along with the chilly waters of Lake Michigan to cool off in at the end of the day. Other large parks include Steelworkers, Schafer, and Bessemer where there is plenty of grass and numerous trails for both of you to explore. You're not short on options living in this neighborhood.