Marquette Park (also known as Chicago Lawn) is a neighborhood located on the south side of Chicago, bordered by West Lawn, West Elsdon, and Gage Park. The main thoroughfare of the neighborhood is S. Kedzie Ave. which runs through the center of the neighborhood. Near the south of the neighborhood is a massive park by the same name which is one of the most noteworthy attractions of the area. This space is mostly residential and slightly lower-income with average foot and street traffic during the day.
Chicago is known for its cold winters as well as its beautiful summers. When walking in the colder months, you will want to make sure to keep your dog warm from the biting winds coming off of Lake Michigan. The summer, however, is a great time for dog walking. You and your dog can explore all that the city has to offer on a beautiful day.
The terrain in Marquette Park is similar to that of many Chicago neighborhoods: extremely flat and mild. You aren’t going to see any real hills, inclines, or dramatic changes in elevation while you’re out on a walk. The neighborhood is mostly residential and artificial, except for the actual park, which is full of open green space. The streets are lined with apartment buildings, houses, convenience stores, small restaurants, and commercial buildings. There were many churches built in the neighborhood in the early 20th Century and you will still see these on the corners of the major thoroughfares.
There aren’t many green spaces until you start to approach the park where you will begin to see smaller satellite green areas and more streets and sidewalks lined with trees. The terrain in the park is still mild and enjoyable for a walk, but there are some inclines around the major lagoon running through the park.
As mentioned previously, the main greenway in Chicago Lawn is Marquette Park which spans 323 acres. It has several tennis courts, a driving range and golf course, a baseball field, and a large lagoon that runs in a rectangular formation through its center. This spot is a favorite for locals to spend a sunny weekend afternoon either running, walking a dog, or relaxing in the shade.
There are some smaller satellite parks in the neighborhood, including Montgomery Playground Park, which is located just a few blocks northeast of Marquette Park. If you are looking for more greenways outside of the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, West Lawn Park is located to the north west, and it has a soccer field, baseball fields, batting cages, and an indoor recreational facility. This, combined with the 323 acres of Marquette Park, should be plenty for you and your dog to explore in the area.