Chinatown is one of the liveliest areas of Greater Chicago, Illinois. True to its name, the area truly is a little like visiting China. There are stores full of souvenirs, a wealth of authentic Chinese restaurants serving incredible foods for you to sample, and of course, the Chinese American Museum of Chicago to experience. But Chinatown is more than just a place full of souvenir shops for tourists. It's also a residential area and home to hundreds of families living in a wide range of single and multifamily dwellings. There are plenty of pet stores and groomers nearby and several local parks that are either dog-friendly or have dog parks in them. Much like the rest of Chicago, the weather is glorious from spring all the way through the end of fall, but winters here can be harsh with lake effect winds and snow that have to be seen to be believed.
Greater Chicago may be one of the flattest cities in the country. The flat ground can present its own form of challenges when it comes to taking your pup out for her daily hike. The trick is to not let the flat ground lull you into a sense of complacency. If you don't have hills to climb, you can always try a little jogging to vary up the pace and get both your heart and Lucy's heart pumping a bit harder. Thankfully, the streets are lined with sidewalks and lots of shady trees. There are enough streets for you to explore that you can find a different route to walk every day of the month and never see the same row of houses twice. It just takes being more creative than just going out for a walk. Just be sure you clean up any messes she happens to make along the way.
Unfortunately, there aren't very many green spaces in the center areas of Chinatown as it is mostly a concrete jungle. There are three larger parks along the outer borders of the area, however, the largest of which is Ping Tom Memorial Park in the northwest corner. The Park features bamboo gardens, a Pagoda-style pavilion, a playground, and of course, plenty of green grass for your pooch to wander around and play on as long as she is kept on a leash to prevent interfering with other pedestrians and visitors. In the southeast corner, Park No. 540 offers a baseball diamond and lots of grassy areas for everyone to enjoy. Of course, you can always take a trip over to the lake and enjoy McCormick Park and the chilly waters of Lake Michigan when the hot summer days become a little overwhelming and you need a good spot to cool off.