New City, located on the south side of Chicago, includes the neighborhoods of Back of the Yards, Whiskey Row, Whisky Point, and Armor Patch. Up until 1971, it was also home to the infamous Union Stock Yards where thousands of immigrants from Europe were once employed in the 'Meat Packing' capital of the Midwest. The stockyards closed down in 1971, leaving many who lived here little choice but to move on in search of work. Though recent crime rates have been higher than normal, Hispanic restaurants and other cultural dining areas are serving the finest foods that are fit for both locals and visitors to enjoy. There are pet shops and plenty of dog-friendly parks for you and your four-legged family member to check out as well. The neighborhoods have been working hard to upgrade the communities; an effort that is starting to pay off as the streets are much safer to take your dog for a walk.
If you are looking for a place to live with hills that will present a challenge as you take your pup for a walk, New City is not the place. The entire area is incredibly flat, making the idea of going for walks sound less than appealing. Yet, with so many parks to play in and areas to check out, you and your pup will never become bored. The flat ground is ideal for taking your little butterball for a walk or if your puppy suffers from arthritis or hip dysplasia. When the land is this flat, you can take your time on your hikes or go as fast as your pup can handle. Of course, if the sidewalks are not challenging enough, you can always pack everyone in the car and head over the beaches and parks along the shores of Lake Michigan where there is always something new to check out.
How do we rate green space? Is it parks? Trees along the streets? The number of parks? The number of cemeteries? The answer is 'yes' to all of these as each can contribute to your walks and help keep the air and environment clean. New City has several parks of various sizes for you and your dog to check out. Most of the green spaces are in the lower half of the city which is more residential in nature. The northern part of town is dedicated to commercial enterprises and the railroad.
Sherman Park to the south is, by far, the largest park in the community. This park is considered to be one of America's first urban parks and features a rectangular lagoon stocked with fish, walking trails that go all the way around the park, and plenty of lovely green grass for you and your pup to play on.