West Loop Gate is the easternmost portion of the West Loop neighborhood in Chicago, located just across the Chicago River from the city’s main business district. It is a popular neighborhood, known for having a myriad of dining options as well as several mass transit hubs, department stores, and smaller businesses. The streets are lined with fashionable condos and upscale properties, catering to young professionals looking for a fashionable place to live in the city. Its buildings are densely packed and there are major thoroughfares that run throughout the neighborhood.
Chicago is known for its cold, harsh winters, with biting wind coming off of Lake Michigan that blows throughout the city. Because of this, you will want to make sure you take extra care to keep your dog warm on walks in the colder months. The summers in Chicago, however, are beautiful and make for great walking weather. Just be cautious of the potentailly hot pavement.
West Loop Gate can only be described as a dense, bustling part of the greater Chicago metropolis and its terrain reflects this characterization. You are unlikely to see much greenery at all on a walk except for a few small parks. The majority of the neighborhood is made up of high-rise architecture and concrete sidewalks and acts as a hub for mass transit with Union Station, Metra, and Ogilvie Transportation Center all located within a few blocks of each other.
Like most of Chicago, West Loop Gate’s terrain is flat and mild. You are unlikely to run into any hills, steep inclines, or drastic changes in elevation at any point on a walk. The terrain itself won’t make any walk treacherous for you and your dog, but you will want to watch out for cars and heavy foot traffic near the main thoroughfares of the neighborhood as they can be busier at certain times of day.
Due to the small size of the neighborhood, there is only one major park in West Loop Gate called Heritage Green Park. It is a one-acre park near the Southwest corner of West Loop Gate with open green space and a path for dog walking. This park is noticeably small compared to many parks that Chicago has to offer, so you will likely find yourself venturing slightly outside of West Loop Gate to find other greenways.
Mary Bartelme Park, located just north of Greektown and only a few minutes walking distance from West Loop Gate is a park of similar size to Heritage Green but it has multiple playgrounds and pathways for walking. Union and Skinner Park are two parks located just a few more blocks to the west of Mary Bartelme Park and they are both much larger with baseball fields, tennis courts, and much more walking room overall. You're luckily not far from these options in West Loop Gate.