Trumbull Park is a Chicago public housing project that is on the far south side of Chicago in the South Deering neighborhood. This small neighborhood is located along the Van Vlissingen Prairie. Across the railroad tracks, you can find miles of natural exploration in the parks around Lake Calumet, so you and your dog have almost unlimited opportunities to get away from the urban environment in this area.
This small residential community is planned around pleasant grassy courtyards with intermittent trees, so there's always a good place to throw a ball with your dog within Trumbull Park. The design of the paths and buildings allow you to walk without concern for traffic throughout most of Trumbull Park.
While the park itself is entirely residential, just outside, you can find a couple of small restaurants and shops. Just across the bridge of 103rd Street, you can get your pup's hair done at Donna's Loving Doggy Palace.
Trumbull Park is a well-planned community that is flat and has walking trails that don't require you to walk your dog near vehicle traffic. As long as you are respectful of other residents of Trumbull Park, you can bicycle with your dog through this neighborhood or walk with her on a loose leash.
The neighborhood is not significant, so if you are looking for more exploration, you can head into the nearby neighborhoods for a different style of walking. For a diverse natural experience that your dog will love, head into the miles and miles of wilderness that shares a border with Trumbull Park.
You can explore the forested wilderness, let your dog test her paws in marshy terrain, or visit Lake Calumet and the waters of the Harborside Marsh pond where the Chicago breezes will bring the cool of the water to you. Follow Lake Calumet to where it empties into the Calumet River for more spaces to wander.
The little community of Trumbull Park has access to a wide range of natural habitat for hours of exploration without covering the same ground. The Van Vlissingen Prairie borders Trumbull Park and offers miles of wilderness heading north going from heavily forested terrain through some marshy areas and up into plains.
By heading south and west, you can find your way to Railroad Marsh which is a beautiful marsh smattered with hammocks, as well as Big Marsh Park. While these areas are generally too wet for you and your dog to traverse without waders, a path exists between the ponds and a couple go into the marshy area so that you can enjoy all of the natural splendor while still keeping your feet dry.
The wilderness around Lake Calhoun is very enjoyable to explore as well, being mostly marsh and grassland with plenty of trees and the column at Westshore and Gullah Island can almost guarantee you a glimpse of bird life.