Lathrop Homes is one of the first public housing projects in Chicago, completed in 1938. The primary instigator behind the movement to build it was the social reformer Julia Lathrop and the neighborhood bears her name as a result.
Lathrop Homes is now considered a historic area and is undergoing restoration to repair the homes and apartments that make up this neighborhood. The buildings are separated by courtyards that are landscaped to make up an arrangement that feels more like a college campus than anything else.
This is an entirely residential area, but there are amenities for both you and your dog not far away. Across the river, you can find Mannered Mutts Dog Training as well as Canine Sports Dog Training.. A little further along, Salon Dog will have your dog looking stylish. There are lots of little restaurants and cafes along Belmont Ave. for you to enjoy while your dog has her hair done.
The location of this community along the North Branch of the Chicago River offers walks along carefully-planned trails that follow the water and meander through the neighborhood. Walking through this residential community is extremely pleasant, as there are plenty of green and grassy areas to enjoy with your pup.
This is a flat community with dedicated community streets that are not heavily trafficked and lots of walking and biking trails set aside from the streets. Some of the courtyard spaces are fenced, so this can provide an extra layer of security in case your dog should get off of her leash.
Plenty of varied terrains like grass and shrub fields provide variety for your dog, especially as she develops. Some areas provide access to the water so that your dog can wade, which will cool her down on hot Chicago days and also help acclimate her to water. Make sure you give your dog a nice bath afterwards!
Lathrop feels like a big park itself with lots of grassy space in the courtyards between buildings and plenty of mature trees and landscaped shrubbery. Walking trails throughout the neighborhood allow you to enjoy walking without concern for vehicles, so your dog will love being on a loose leash or flexi-lead throughout most of the area.
Intermittent tree cover and forested areas provide for lovely views and the chance of seeing some bird life. The best walk in Lathrop Homes is definitely along the Jimmy Thomas Nature Trail which extends all the way along the shore of this neighborhood. The shoreline along this trail is left natural in some areas and has a seawall at others, providing your dog the opportunity to wade in the shallow waters.
The open area of the Chicago River will allow the wind to cool before it blows over you as you follow the trail. You could also launch a canoe into the Chicago River if you fancy a bit of boating.