South Lawndale is a community in Chicago that is divided into two smaller neighborhoods called Little Village and Marshall Square. Little Village is the result of immigrants fleeing the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire. Today, the neighborhood is known as 'The Mexico of the Midwest' and much of its culture and events are owed to that heritage. South Lawndale boasts plenty of eateries and other amenities for you to take advantage of on your walks and also offers access to medical services to keep your pup healthy within close range of the community. As with the rest of Chicago, you can expect hot and sometimes humid weather in the summer, but breezes off the lake should make early morning walks tolerable on the hottest days. The only time you are likely to have problems with going for walks is in the dead of winter when lots of snows, winds, and frigid temperatures make the outdoors less than hospitable.
All of Chicago is flat, which means that you will not have to worry about any difficult walking terrain if you and your dog are beginners or slightly out of shape. The terrain is also perfect for elderly dogs who may have trouble walking due to arthritis. If you and your pet need more of a challenge, there are plenty of ways to put more activity into your daily walks, from doing a bit of jogging or interval training, to extending the length of time that you walk. You can expect all sidewalks through out most of South Lawndale for walking, but there are areas where there are strips of grass your dog can walk on. The area also have a few parks within the neighborhood, as well as a few parks just outside the boundaries that could be quickly reached by car if you are concerned about your dog walking on concrete all the time.
The neighborhood offers a few different greenways where you can take your dog and give him a chance to enjoy a romp in the grass. Many of the roads and sidewalks have green spaces around them as well as ample trees. In the southwestern corner of the neighborhood is Piotrowski Park, offering 22 acres and plenty of places to walk and take a break in the shade. La Villita Park is in a more central area of South Lawndale and has a trail as well as plenty of grass and trees. Its central location makes it an easy walk from most of the neighborhood. McKinley Park to the south offers an alternative that can be reached with a short drive from the neighborhood while McKinley Park offers several paths and trails that you can take your dog on, as well as many nature trails and even a pond where you and Fido can cool off on a summer day.