The South Commons community in Chicago, Illinois consists of predominantly multi-family housing located within just a short distance of Burnham Park and the beaches of Lake Michigan. Despite the presence of sizeable multi-unit housing, there are a number of single-family units as well. For those with dogs, the sidewalks offer shady trees and grassy areas for Fifi to use along the way. Beyond Dunbar Park right in the neighborhood, there are dog parks and pet shops within easy driving distance along with places for you to grab a bite to eat or a cold drink on a hot summer day. Speaking of hot, summers in South Commons can be hot and humid, making daytime walking something best left to spring and fall. During the hottest part of summer, you should plan to walk during the early morning or late evening. Winters are bitter and may not be the best time to go for long walks here either.
While there may not be much in the way of hills to make your walks challenging, there are plenty of shady tree-lined sidewalks and paths for you and Fifi to walk along. There is also Dunbar Park with vast green expanses for the two of you to play on. If you want more challenging walks, South Commons is only a short drive from Burnham Park and the beach. Here you can find slightly more challenging terrain to walk on. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a nice leisurely stroll along the sidewalk, especially if you have an elderly dog or one who has other health issues. Most of the old low-income housing has been torn down and replaced with more modern condominiums as the community continues to try and reinvent itself. One thing you will find on your walks, is a number of empty spaces where the old high-rises used to stand.
The one significant green space in South Commons is Dunbar Park which covers 20 acres. The park was established back in 1962 and completed by 1966. There is plenty of grass for you and your dog here, along with a great kid's playground for the younger ones to play on. Inside the park are several walking trails and tons of green grass that provide a space to play fetch or just have a run in the grass.
There are several other parks in nearby neighborhoods for you and your pup to check out. Some areas are within walking distance. Others, like Burnham Park on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Meadows Park, are within driving distance. Burnham Park offers several miles of grass to stroll along, multiple walking trails, and access to the 31st Street Beach which acts as the perfect place to cool off on a summer day with a dip in the lake.