South Shore is a remarkable neighborhood that has played host to such celebrities as Michelle Obama, James D. Watson, Kanye West, and Larry Nelson. Along with this, South Shore has one of the largest beaches in the city and is a key player in the city's art and cultural communities. The majority of the housing is here a blend of single-family row houses, apartments, duplexes, and condos.
There are several restaurants within the neighborhood as well as pet supply stores. However, if you want a fenced-in dog park, you won't have to go far as the Jackson Bark Park is on the northern edge of the community. The park is an excellent place for you and your family to go for walks and picnics on a warm Chicago summer day when the temperatures are in the high 80s. However, in the winter, the lake effect winds bring the temperatures below freezing for days on end.
Like most of the greater Chicago area, the terrain in South Shore is mostly level. This type of terrain might not present much of a challenge, but if you have a new puppy that you are just starting to train, it can be the perfect place. The flat ground will make learning to walk longer distances less of a struggle, but since you are walking on paved surfaces, you need to take the time your pup's paws toughen up. This keeps them from becoming shredded once you start going for longer walks together.
At the same time, tougher paws will help protect them once the pavement starts to warm up. Keep in mind that when the temperatures are over 80°F, the pavement can reach temperatures of 135°F which can easily cause burns and discomfort. During the hottest months of the summer, you should plan your walks for early in the morning before everything heats up.
South Shore is fortunate in that the community has several parks for you to enjoy both inside the boundaries and on its edges. Of these, Jackson Park covers 543 acres and offers a gymnasium, a fitness center, and a Japanese-style garden. There are also two lakes, plenty of trails, and a large beach to play on. At the north end of the park is Jackson Bark, one of the largest fully enclosed dog parks in the city. The city recycled four tennis courts to create the park, added lights, multiple dog watering fountains, waste bag dispensers, an agility course, and much more to enjoy while you relax on a bench in the shade.
There is also the Rainbow Beach Park with plenty of room to walk and run, a beautiful beach, and more. There are many other smaller parks scattered around the neighborhood, all worth taking a look at and going for a walk in.