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Ford City is a neighborhood located in southwest Chicago. The area is predominantly commercial and features the large Ford City Mall located at the former site of Ford Aircraft. There are some residential condominiums located in Ford City and residents enjoy easy access on foot to the mall and other shops and services in the vicinity. There are several eateries and restaurants within walking distance. Walking in Chicago depends very much on the weather. Chicago experiences four distinct seasons including cold, snowy winters, wet, sometimes stormy springs, hot, humid summers, and autumns which can experience warm summer-like weather or early, cool winter-like weather. Many sunny, pleasant days make walking enjoyable for pedestrians and pets but the weather in the area is not always cooperative for on-foot travel so be sure to check forecasted temperatures and weather systems. Be prepared with warm, dry outerwear, if necessary, or water on hot days.
Terrain in Ford City
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The mall and surrounding shops, services, and parking lots dominate the Ford City landscape. There is a condominium complex on the south side of Ford City with multi-story buildings and landscaped grounds. Parking lots, strip malls and the large Ford City Mall mean this area is lacking in green landscaping and has plenty of pavement which can be hot in summer for your puppy ’s paws. Consider investing in doggy boots to protect your dog's feet from cold, snowy walks in winter, and hot pavement in summer if you live in Ford City. The land is relatively flat for walking, however, commercial and industrial areas are not always pedestrian friendly, with little in the way of shady trees or lawns separating sidewalks from roads. Watch out for vehicles in this busy area and keep your dog leashed. Walking in surrounding residential areas that offer more hospitable terrain may be an alternative.
Greenways in Ford City
Neighborhoods in Chicago have an average of:
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The Cicero Wetlands are located in the corner of this commercialized area and provide refuge for wetland flora and fauna in an environment relatively undisturbed by humans. Accessibility to this reserve is limited. There are two large green spaces that are undeveloped in the vicinity and make an ideal location for walking your dog and maybe enjoying a game of fetch. The adjacent residential community directly to the south features a 14-acre park with footpaths and trails within easy walking distance for Ford City residents called Rainy Park. This park also has a playground, gardens, and numerous sports facilities. For those willing to take a short trip to the northeast, the large Marquette Park provides 323 acres of green space and is the largest park in the area. This park has a lagoon with fishing, athletic facilities, playground, trees, and lots of walking paths. Your dog must remain on a leash in the park and on hiking trails.

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