Goose Island is a 1.5 mile-long land mass in the Chicago River, located between West Town and Old Town in the northwest portion of the city. The island and a few small surrounding areas make up the Goose Island neighborhood which contains residential sections as well as large retail stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. The island began as an endeavor of the industrial era and it was formed when a land company began excavating clay for brick-making.
Chicago’s weather is drastically different depending on the seasons. The area has beautiful summers offset by harsh, wind-chilled winters. The wind chill coming off of Lake Michigan can be biting in the colder months and Goose Island experiences much of this weather. You will want to keep your dog warm if you choose to walk in the winter, but the summers make for lovely walking weather. Just keep in mind that pavement and concrete can be a little hot for sensitive paws.
The terrain in Goose Island is flat like much of the Chicago landscape. However, its location on and around the river means there will be some occasional inclines and hills around the water. The island itself is surrounded by trees and plenty of green space for walking and there are bridges that connect it to parts of the city on either side of the river. There is a strong warehouse and industrial presence on the island, but many of these spaces have been converted into creative loft areas for smaller companies. There are almost no residential sections on the actual island, but the surrounding areas have a multitude of high-end condos and homes.
The dog walking terrain on the island itself isn’t very promising, as much of it is heavily industrialized and not meant for much foot traffic. The surrounding neighborhoods, on the other hand, have nice residential areas which should make for comfortable walking.
There is one major greenway in the Goose Island neighborhood called Stanton Park which sits just across the eastern bridge from the island and borders Old Town. The park is 6.56 acres with multiple athletic fields, an indoor pool, a gym, and a fieldhouse. The park is a local favorite for dog walking because of its large amount of space and different amenities, including a small waterfall that dogs can cool off underneath on a hot summer day.
As far as other greenways in the area, there aren’t as many options as other neighborhoods in the area. The industrial nature of Goose Island makes it less than ideal for walking, but it is located close to areas like Wicker Park and Eckhart Park, both of which are perfect for a walk with your dog. You can also take advantage of any green spaces in residential neighborhoods for a quick potty break as long as you clean up after your pup.