The Island is one of those quiet little communities in Chicago you might miss if you blink your eyes. It is one of the smaller neighborhoods in the city and boasts single-family and low two-flat housing along with a number of small businesses. At one time, The Island also had a thriving industrial section, but that has long since faded away and has been replaced by businesses like Chicago Studio City, the Hartgrove Hospital, and a small shopping plaza.
The community itself remains much as it has always been: quiet, well-kept by those who call it home, and an excellent place for you, your family, and your dog. Columbus Park is just north of The Island and there are pet supply stores, groomers, and vets within driving distance. With several small businesses along the way to grab a cold beverage, going for a walk there should be a pleasant, relaxing experience for both of you.
The terrain here is like most of the rest of the Greater Chicago area in that, for the most part, it is incredibly flat. However, there is a gentle slope to the ground as it leads towards the shores of Lake Michigan. While there might be this slight incline here and there, don't expect it to give you and your pup much of a challenge. Even without hills, there is nothing quite like taking a nice long walk around the few blocks in this neighborhood. The entire community is only one square mile in size so it shouldn't take long. Try different routes, get to know your neighbors, and make each of your walks as much fun as you can. At the same time, you can always take a nice walk over to Barrie Park or cruise over to the lake for some fun times on the beaches where the sand can provide some different terrain.
The only actual green space in The Island happens to be an empty lot over by the Hartfield Hospital. To find a park for you and your pup to play around in, you will have to walk a few blocks over to Barrie Park, or you can always drive under the expressway and spend the day in Columbus Park where you will find acres of grass and trails to explore and play around in.
There is one saving grace for those who prefer to keep their walks closer to home. The streets all feature sidewalks wide enough for the two of you to walk side-by-side. There are plenty of shady trees to help keep you cooled down in the summer and keep the rains at bay in the spring and fall. The sidewalks are separated from the streets with a grassy strip that will help your pup keep his feet cool in the middle of summer.