The Bush is a small pocket community located in South Chicago. Today, it is still a blue-collar neighborhood situated close to the lakefront with a range of single-family homes. Living in The Bush puts you within an easy walking distance of Lake Michigan and several beaches including Rainbow Beach. While the community is small and quiet, there is plenty of room for both commercial and residential growth. You are in walking distance of numerous dog-friendly parks and beaches but if you need a vet or pet supply store, you must be prepared to drive out of the community.
Being this close to the lake, you should be ready to layer up if you want to take your dog out for a walk during the winter when wind chill can be far below zero and you can expect plenty of lake-effect snows. Thankfully, spring, summer, and fall make up for it with fantastic weather.
Being close to Lake Michigan doesn't do a thing for the ground in The Bush. It's just as flat as the rest of Chicago. The majority of the main streets in the community have wide sidewalks for the two of you to stroll along and most have at least a few shady trees along the way. Along the walk, you may encounter a few abandoned homes and vacant lots, but the community comes together regularly to help keep this part of Chicago well-kept. You may also find yourself running into a number of small businesses including several small eateries to try out. If you and your pup need walks that are a bit more challenging, you are within easy walking distance of several parks as well as the beach where the sand can give both of you a pleasant walk and workout experience that changes with the seasons.
In The Bush, there are two ways to describe green space. The first would be intentional green spaces such as parks, of which The Bush has one. Russel Square Park has a beautiful walking trail winding around it and plenty of grass for your dog to play on. Please keep in mind this is a dog-friendly park, but if you don't clean up after him, it won't stay that way. Behind the houses on S. Baker St., there is a small expanse of trees with a few trails through them for the brave at heart to venture down.
The second type of green space there seems to be a lot of in The Bush is vacant lots. There is a high number of empty lots that have been allowed to return to nature. The community works hard to keep these lots clean and well-kept, which in turn helps to deter crime in the area.