Stony Island Park is a small community located on the south side of Chicago and consists mainly of single-family homes. Most of the homes here are brick and have full basements that are the perfect place to build a family room. The community offers a quiet respite for those who must spend their days in the hustle and bustle of the city. The houses have front yards split by a sidewalk lined with trees for you and your pup. There are also several dog-friendly parks in the surrounding communities along with a grooming salon and an animal hospital within driving distance. Living here also puts you in easy driving distance of Rainbow Beach Park. The weather in spring and fall is perfect for taking your pup out for walks. Summers here are sweltering and humid, making early mornings the best time to walk. Winter, on the other hand, may not be ideal for long walks due to inclement weather.
If you were to look up the word flat in the dictionary, the entire city of Chicago including Stony Island Park would be in the picture. You can stand at one end of the community and see all the way to the other end. Doesn't sound very challenging when it comes to taking Bowser for a walk, does it? One of the great things about living in a small, close-knit community like Stony Island Park is that it doesn't take long before you start making new friends along the way. The more distance you add to your walks, the more friends you are likely to make. All while, the two of you are getting the exercise you need. Just be cautious when walking in the summer that sensitive paws are properly protected from the heat of the pavement. Otherwise, walks should be fairly pleasant throughout this neighborhood.
The one thing that Stony Island Park is missing is a park of its own. While most of the streets have grass running along them and plenty of shady trees, if you want a sizeable grassy area to play in, you have to drop into Jesse Owens Park in Calumet Heights. There are several other parks within easy driving distance as well.
Over on the lake shore is Rainbow Beach Park that covers approximately 61 acres and has a community garden. Not only is there plenty of beaches to play on, but there are also plenty of walking trails to explore, ball fields, and much more for the two of you to enjoy. Why not pack a picnic and bring the whole family out, including your pup, for a day of fun in the sun? If you get too hot, the chilly waters of Lake Michigan are right there for everyone to cool off in.