Clearing is a large, rectangular neighborhood that encompasses part of the Chicago Midway International Airport. This neighborhood has a couple of regional parks. Homes in Clearing tend to be charming, single family homes set close but not flush together, with small, but grassy yards that are generally not fenced.
Plenty of mature tree cover makes this a pleasant walk on both hot and sunny Chicago days and cooler winter days as well. Due to the wide, grassy divider between sidewalk and street, you will feel comfortable walking your dog on a loose leash or being on a bicycle, skateboard, or rollerblades throughout most of this neighborhood. Streets tend to be long and straight, making them even better to be on wheels with your dog.
Hale Park is a charming escape from the somewhat repetitive neighborhood streets, with a wide, grassy area for you to enjoy with your dog, as well as lots of mature tree cover around a small walking path.
Walking through Clearing is generally quite pleasant. You will love being on wheels with your dog on these lovely sidewalks that are well separated from the street with grassy dividers. Blocks tend to go on for some time without being interrupted by intersecting traffic, so you can enjoy a pleasant and safe ride.
If you would like a large area to play a game of frisbee or fetch with your dog, head towards Hale Park for a space surrounded by intermittent tree cover that borders the ballfield and elementary school here. Adjacent to the airport, there is another park called Minuteman Park, which is primarily devoted to ball fields but also offers a nice walking path that you can enjoy with your dog and is especially good for activities such as biking. Be careful being this close to the airport if your dog is afraid of loud noises or you are not sure how she will react.
Walking on the neighborhood streets of Clearing is pleasant, which is good, because there are not many green spaces to get away to in this neighborhood. The regional park in the center of the neighborhood called Hale Park provides a grassy area with some tree cover, but you are unlikely to find much wildlife other than neighborhood birds roosting in the trees here.
There is another little regional park right next to the airport, and across the perimeter, Wentworth Park also provides a nice little area next to its ballpark.
In another corner of Clearing, the Chicago Park District Valley Forge consists of a couple of ballparks with a nice walking path lined with trees around them. For more extensive natural exploration, you can travel the Des Plaines River and the natural terrain that surrounds it. Be careful as you explore this area that you do not wander onto private property or into the areas of the river where you are not allowed to be.