Canaryville is one of the oldest neighborhoods within Chicago. Traditionally, residents of Canaryville were workers in the livestock and meat packing industries, but many residents dispersed as these professions vanished from the area. The name may have come from the sparrows who were common in the stockyards in the area at the time. This is a historically Irish American neighborhood, established by some of the first Europeans to immigrate to Chicago.
This is a primarily residential city, with industrial areas in the north part of the neighborhood and some businesses scattered throughout, especially clustered on 43rd street. There are a few eateries with outside seating or pickup options that you can enjoy while walking your dog. For grooming or training for your pup, you can head north to the Chicago Area Dog Training and Howlistic Grooming or find the University Village Dog Run for some off-leash fun. If you are craving the beach, the coast is a short drive away.
Canaryville is a flat neighborhood with long, straight blocks. Residences are primarily single family homes of greatly varying designs and sizes. Homes tend to be closely spaced and have small front yards that are usually fenced. A good divider between sidewalk and road along with plenty of grass and tree cover make this a neighborhood comfortable for walking your dog on a loose leash or bicycling. Designated bike paths are not necessary throughout most of Canaryville, but one goes down S. Union Ave. that you can follow all the way north to the University Dog Park and Ping Tom Memorial Park.
Walking is generally consistent throughout most of Canaryville, varying only between calmer residential streets and more business oriented ones. Several regional parks provide some diversity for your dog from the neighborhood streets, but to really let your dog stretch her legs and experience varied terrain, head across I-90 to the smattering of parks including Metcalfe park, which provide more natural terrain.
There are a couple of local parks in Canaryville to add a little more greenery to your neighborhood walk. The McInerney Playlot Park is a nice place to enjoy a grassy field with your dog. Just across the railroad tracks, Fuller Park offers ball fields as well as pleasant walking paths.
Robert Taylor Park has several fields where you and your dog can walk freely and by traveling a few miles further, you can reach the Washington Lagoon with its lovely grass fields and natural lake surrounding a small island called Bynum Island. Your dog will enjoy exploring the natural environment here. There are plenty of paved paths to bike along with your pup so that she can run freely along the path. Several smaller ponds provide more natural exploration and the intermittent heavy tree cover can shield you from the wind on the coldest Chicago days while the large grassy areas are perfect for sunny weather.