McKinley Park is one of the 77 communities that make up Greater Chicago. It's located in the geographic center of the city and features one of the largest green spaces in the area, aptly named McKinley Park, in the southwest corner of the community. The neighborhood is a pleasant blend of commercial and residential zones, with most of the residences being single-family homes or two flats. The area features many places to grab a bite to eat and shop clustered mostly along Ashland, 35th Street, and Archer Avenue. There are several dog-friendly parks in the area with McKinley Park being the largest. Much like the rest of Chicago, you can take your pup out for a walk from spring through till the end of fall. However, the winter weather in the Greater Chicago area can be frigid with large amounts of snow. There may be many days when it is too cold to walk your pup safely.
On a bright day, you can see forever! Well, maybe not quite, but if you were to stand on your roof in McKinley Park, you could certainly see downtown Chicago. In other words, the area is quite flat without any rises or drops in elevation. This may not be the most exciting terrain for a challenging walk, and it certainly won't give either of you much of a workout, but since the community is considered to be relatively safe, you can extend your walks for as many shady covered blocks as you want. The streets here are lined with sidewalks that have grass strips and plenty of shady trees to help keep you and your pooch cooled off on those long summer hikes. Unfortunately, if you want to find more challenging trails with plenty of hilly terrain, you may have to drive out of the city to find them.
The entire McKinley Park community seems to be tightly packed together, leaving little room for parks, yet there are several small community parks scattered throughout where you can take your pup for a walk as long as you pick up after him. But of all the parks in Chicago (and there are a lot of them), the largest of them all is McKinley Park. Here you will find almost 70 acres of green space to take your pooch out and let him play in. Be sure you keep him on a leash and take a water bowl. Even the smaller parks like Kucinski-Murphy on W. 33rd Pl. has enough room to let your dog stretch his legs. There is another large park and playground at the corner of W. 34th and S. Hoyne that has a large grassy area, but since it is a playground, leashes are required and you need to clean up after your pup.