Blue Island is an Illinois city about 16 miles south of Chicago’s Loop. The historic district of Blue Island includes Western Avenue with Canal Street to the north and 135 Street to the south. Olde Western Avenue runs on both the east and west side of Western Avenue. This is where you will find some of the historic buildings and landmarks that this area is known for. This is a small historic district with plenty of shops and things to see. However, you will not find a shop here that is dog-friendly indoors. A great idea would be to partner with another dog walker to enjoy the area so if you stop for a snack or coffee, your partner can watch the dogs outside!
Blue Island weather is going to be similar to the rest of Chicago's weather. Lake Michigan is to the east so plan for mild summers but chilly and windy winters with snowfall expected.
The Historic District of Blue Island will be a sidewalk-heavy experience for you and your furry friend as the area is mostly built on artificial turf. Western Avenue is a four-lane road with no tree cover. You will want to be careful with your dog on this street as it is the main thoroughfare through this district with few pedestrian crossings and limited sidewalks. Olde Western Avenue to the west is the more common walkway with planned treescapes to provide shade.
The area is flat, so it will be an easy walk for older or inexperienced dogs. The area is also home to businesses as well as private homes, so be prepared to clean up after your canine friend. In the winter, you will want to think about protecting your dog's paws from snow and ice that can accumulate on the sidewalks. Nearby, Little Calumet River flows north of Canal Street so watch for some muddy terrain.
Contrary to the name, Blue Island is not an island but an extension of Chicago’s suburbs. Little Calumet River flows on the north side of Canal Street and you will find a bit of a paved river walk there that runs through the district. This little gem of a walk continues very briefly on both sides of the neighborhood. The actual riverfront is fenced off, but the views are a pretty relief in the middle of a city suburb.
Accessible by Western Avenue and across the river is a SEPA Station that is surrounded by green space. In addition, there are open green spaces to the south where Western Avenue and Olde Western Avenue come together. These open spaces would a be a great place to rest weary paws but you should not let your dog run off-leash in any of these areas as they are bordered by roads that can be heavy with traffic.