The popular 6-acre Arrigo Park resides in the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago. It is a passive-use park comprised of a huge grassy field surrounded by many trees. Some call it "Peanut Park" because its .25-mile looped running track is shaped like a peanut. Arrigo also contains paved dog-friendly walking paths through the trees, and a plaza with a large, looming statue of Christopher Columbus. A fountain surrounds the statue and on breezy days provides refreshing mist to cool you and your fur pup down.
While it's well-known that Chicago is a hot city in the summer and a frigid one in winter, Arrigo seems to temper whatever weather besets the city by being a quiet sanctuary in the midst of the hustle and bustle. In the summer, pick-up games of softball, English cricket and bocce ball are common activities, along with sunbathing, sitting under a tree while reading or snoozing with your fur-pup, bird-watching and frisbee-tossing. It's said that the park attracts more doggos than kiddos. Watch from a bench while yoga and Tai Chi practitioners move gracefully on the lush grass. Or enjoy a mid-day serenade by a nearby church's bells while you and Fido share lunch. Benches scattered among the trees and flowers are sanctuaries for many. Squirrels and Chicago's omnipresent rabbits scamper about for your entertainment. Please remember to keep Fido firmly leashed.
Surrounded by large and impressive homes, Arrigo is also adjacent to the University of Illinois campus, and a short walk to dog-friendly restaurants on Taylor Street and Vernon Park Place. Al's #1 Italian Beef and Tufano's Vernon Park Tap serve up classic Italian fare with outdoor tables pawrfect for your pooch to join you for lunch or dinner.
Whether you live in the neighborhood and come to Arrigo Park with Fido every day, or you drive from Chicago's downtown to find a peaceful, beautiful respite, this park is like being far away from the hustle and bustle! It's truly woofderfful!