Home Square started as a refuge for families after the great fire of Chicago back in 1871. It became home to the original Sears, Roebuck, and Co. which for many years stood as a vacant building with the neighborhood dying around it. Today, the original building is filled with nonprofit businesses, a community center, park, and more, with the community surrounding this building now a thriving mixed neighborhood. Just outside the heart of Chicago, you will find plenty of wide sidewalks to walk your dog, as well as plenty of eateries and stores. Pet stores and veterinarians are never very far away.
Chicago weather is perfect for walking from spring to fall, although sometimes it can become hot and humid in the summer so early morning walking might be your best option. Winters can bring frigid temperatures, wind, and snow. You'll want to be prepared for winter weather conditions for both for you and your four-footed friend.
Chicago is very flat, so if you are looking for a challenging walk, you will have to find another way to do so. While perfect for beginners and the elderly pups, the flat terrain threatens to not be enough exercise for energetic younger dogs and their owners. But with lots of places to walk, you will find that extending the distance or intensity of your outings is not too difficult. There are a few parks around too where you can give your dog a longer leash and a chance to run a bit. While not in the immediate area, Chicago does offer a fair number of dog parks in close distance if you would like to let Fido off-leash. The neighborhood consists mostly of sidewalks and only a moderate amount of greenery along the streets. Fortunately, there are a number of parks and other greenways for you to take your four-footed friend for a romp in the grass.
Despite the lack of green spaces on local walks, it is easily made up for by the parks and greenways in and around the Homan Square area. Large green spaces in between traffic on Independence Blvd. and Douglas Blvd. offer a nice walk with trees that provide an abundance of shade. Homan Square Park in the center of the neighborhood offers a picnic area and large swaths of greenery for you to enjoy on hot summer days while Leo Roscoe Boler Park also offers plenty of grass for your pup to roll around in and explore.
Near the southern boundary of the neighborhood is Park Number 534. While mostly playground, it also has to green spaces to rest tired feet. Finally, if you are looking for trails, on the other side of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway is Garfield Park. There you will find large greenways and trails that will offer a long walk and some nice sights.