Stateway Gardens was, at one time, home to one of the many Chicago Housing Authority housing projects that fell into disrepair and became a hotbed of crime. In 1995, the federal government took control of all assets owned and operated by the CHA because of the ongoing allegations of graft and corruption. The last building of the projects in Stateway Gardens was demolished in 2007. Today, the area is home to a range of mixed-income housing in the form of apartments. Living here puts you within driving distance of a range of restaurants. You will have to drive to find the nearest pet supply store.
Being this close to the shores of Lake Michigan also means having to deal with the winds and snows blowing in off the lake, driving the temperatures significantly below freezing for what can seem like forever. Luckily, spring always comes and with it, glorious warm weather!
The terrain in Stateway Gardens is flat and surprisingly green. Once the projects were demolished, a park was built, and much of the ground left open. There are more phases of construction planned for the future. Taking your pup for a walk here can be pretty easy as long as you are okay letting them run around in the park.
To vary things a little, you should consider heading east and walking around a few blocks to add distance and to build stamina. Keep in mind that walking on paved surfaces in the summer means having to get out there and walk early in the morning as the surface of the sidewalk can quickly reach temperatures hot enough to cause discomfort and burns. The opposite can be said of winters. When the temperatures are below freezing, the pavement can be cold enough to cause frostbite. Exercise caution and be prepared for these different conditions!
Stateway Gardens includes an extended area of grass and ball fields known as Stateway Park. There is plenty of grass for the two of you to run around and play on. Along with this, the area also has a number of vacant lots, left behind from the CHA demolition teams that have been working to revitalize the area.
If you want more green space, you have only to drive to the shores of Lake Michigan. Here, you will find Burnham Park stretching all the way from 31st St. down to Promontory Point. The park offers miles of trails for you to hike along while you watch the boats out on the lake. One of the walkways runs right along the waterside and includes a pier. The trail also passes a number of baseball diamonds and other athletic fields. It's a fabulous place to bring the family for a picnic and a fun day out in the sun!