River East isn't just equipped in the food and nightlife scene. Several grocers are just blocks away, making quick trips to the store a breeze. The proximity of major tourist attractions, however, can make summertime in River East feel a little congested. But it's nothing a little trip to the beach won't cure! Chicagoans love the tranquility Lake Michigan offers and there are beaches up and down the Windy City's east coast.
The usual challenge of hiking trails vanishes while roaming around River East. However, while there may be no hills to scale or differing terrains to adjust to, there will be plenty of other difficulties such as maneuvering around other pedestrians and watching for vehicles at crosswalks.Illinois Street, Ohio Street, and Grand Avenue together create three rectangular blocks of high rise apartment and condominium buildings, many of which allow pets. This means that you may not be the only one walking a dog around this uptown neighborhood. If you don't get the chance to greet those on four legs, you're sure to run into those on two as Chicago, in general, is a highly walkable area. There are multiple bus stops and CTA entries which can add to pedestrian traffic and create the potential for congested sidewalks. People-reactive dogs or those that are fearful of strangers may do better walking the area at 'off' times when many may begin their commute to work.
River Esplanade Park is a concrete expanse along the north shoreline of the Chicago River. Much like the nearby Chicago Riverwalk, Esplanade Park is a favorite for romancing couples looking for a sunset stroll along the water.
If your pup isn't interested in a leisurely stroll in the moonlight, try out Polk Bros Park. This public space is a popular destination for tourists and local families, especially those with smaller children.