South Chicago is a mostly residential area of single-family and multi-family homes on the shores of Lake Michigan. The community offers something that many others no longer have: mom n' pop stores scattered throughout. No matter what you need, you can find it in a nearby store from milk to dog food. There are several parks within the community for you to play in and, of course, there is the massive Park No. 566 on the shores of Lake Michigan. The houses here are separated by alleys and most of the streets have sidewalks and grassy strips for pups to walk on.
Being right on the water means winters here are likely to brutal when you factor in sub-freezing temperatures with lake effect snows and winds. But there is always summer on the lake with temperatures in the 80s and plenty of sunshine for the two of you to get out and go walking every chance you get.
What can you say about the ground in South Chicago that you can't say about virtually every other community in the city? Not much as the land here is just as flat as anywhere else in the region. You might think this would make for some very dull walks, and to a certain extent, you would be right. But this is only if you lack imagination!
The trick is to think of all the blocks in your community as a challenge for both you and your pup. How many blocks can you cover and can you build up to include more? Which direction should you go today? What about tomorrow? The more variation you can build into your walks, the more both of you will continue to look forward to them. If you get tired of the pavement, you can always go to one of the many parks in the area for a little play time on the grass.
South Chicago is a large community and has several small parks for you and your dog to check out. Bessemer Park over on S. South Chicago Ave. offers a gym, numerous gardens, several baseball fields, and plenty of grass to play on. The park also provides a series of trails running around it for the two of you to take a hike on.
Just to the west of the South Shore International College on E. 75th St. sits Rosenblum Park. This park offers three baseball and softball fields, a football field, and a large area of grass.
Over on the shores of Lake Michigan is Park No. 566 which is essentially acres of grass, trails, and waterfront. Many people bring their dogs here to let them run around off-leash, but keep in mind, that this is not a fenced-in dog park. Be sure you keep your pooch in sight and under control at all times.