Medical Village is the heart of Chicago's Medical District and the neighborhood is more of a medical campus than it is a residential neighborhood. To the south, there is a moderately sized residential area of split-level homes, loft apartments, and two-story homes. As you might expect, there are several coffee shops, grab-n-go eateries, fast-food joints, and cafes in the area, but nothing you would call fine dining. The residential area tends to be a bit on the noisy side with so many students living here, but it's well kept and considered relatively safe for taking your pup out for walks.
There are several small neighborhood parks in the region along with Harrison Park behind the National Museum of Mexican Art. Summers here are beautiful with temperatures hovering in the mid-80s, blue skies, and gentle breezes blowing in off the lake. Winters, however, can be harsh. Temperatures will keep the mercury hiding in the bulb when the lake effect winds blow.
The terrain here could be described as mostly urban with houses packed side by side in the residential area. The sidewalks are, like the rest of the village, flat and unexciting. However, just because you are stuck with flat ground, it doesn't mean it isn't the perfect challenge for your dog!
If your pup is a bit on the pudgy side or is either very young or very old, the flat ground can be the best way for them to get the exercise they need. Level ground limits the amount of stress on their joints and muscles, yet it still provides enough exercise to help them lose weight or ease the aches and pains of getting older.
Be aware that pavement in the middle of the summer can reach temperatures as high as 135°F. If you try to take your pup out walking on pavement this hot, your next trip could be to the vet to treat some burns.
Medical Village has a few small corner parks like most neighborhoods in Chicago, but most are either playgrounds for the kids with a little bit of grass or small spaces with not enough room to roam. But you can at least let your pup stretch their legs and run around on a leash or do their "business." Please be sure you use waste bags to clean up any mess they leave behind.
However, at the corner of S. Wood St. and W. 18th St., you will find Harrison Park. This is a large community park with tennis courts, basketball courts, and a multipurpose field. The field offers a vast area of grass for you and your dog to run around on, but they will have to stay on a leash. Still, this is a good way for both of you to get plenty of healthy exercise throughout your week.