West Lawn, Chicago is a community area located in the southwest section of Chicago. This community area is primarily residential with industrial activity associated with the railroad tracks on its perimeter. There is a large commercial area located just south of West Lawn. However, it can not be accessed on foot due to railroad tracks and industrial activity in the area.
Smaller thoroughfares, such as 63rd Street and Marquette Road, have businesses and services that residents who live near these streets can reach on foot. The main thoroughfare in the community, Pulaski Road, has plenty of restaurants, retail shops, grocers, service stations, and other businesses that many residents of West Lawn can walk to.
Winter weather in Chicago may not be cooperative for on foot travel with your dog as it can be quite cold with snow while spring tends to be wet and rainy. If you decide to brave Chicago's inclement weather be prepared with warm, dry outerwear.
West Lawn's main thoroughfare, Pulaski Road, has lots of commercial activity and traffic associated with it. Residents walking their dogs in the community can enjoy quiet residential streets with little traffic. If walking your dog down alleys, watch for residents backing out of garages and keep your dog leashed and close to you to keep him safe from any nearby cars or traffic.
There are three good-sized green spaces in West Lawn and a large park located on the eastern border. Michael J. Madigan Senior Park and Park 528 are located in West Lawn and have baseball diamonds, opens spaces, and are located next to school grounds. Dogs are not allowed on playing fields, however, local mutts can enjoy the bordering sidewalks.
West Lawn Park, named for the community, is centrally located and has almost 17 acres of green space. This park also has athletic fields and facilities as well as a playground that is inaccessible to local canines, however, paved pathways through the park are accessible with your dog on a leash.
Just east of West Lawn, Marquette Park is a large 323-acre park with 47 acres of natural area, a lagoon, hiking trails, and plenty of open green space to enjoy with your furry friend. Your dog will need to remain on a leash throughout your visit.