Pup-friendly Auburn Park in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago consists of 8 acres in the southwest section of the city. Nestled in the heart of the neighborhood amid residences, small businesses and shops, the park is a tranquil place that beckons when people and their dogs need to get out in the fresh air away from traffic and packed sidewalks. Parking is available on the streets surrounding it.
One of Auburn Park's main attractions is the curving lagoon in the center of it, which attracts fishermen and whose banks are pawrfect for a picnic. Benches are scattered throughout the park as well. Restored historic bridges cross the lagoon, and a paved walkway circles the perimeter under mature shade trees. A waterfall at one end of the lagoon gurgles, providing a soothing backdrop for a walk with the fur-pup or a sit on a blanket or bench while you read or simply contemplate the pastoral expanse around you. Lush grass provides a great playing surface for a game of fetch or frisbee, or just lolling about.
While the park is open until 11:00 pm, it may be wise not to wander there after dark. Residents report that they feel safe in the neighborhood for the most part, and it's a close-knit community. Open year-round, it's the ideal spot for snowball fights and wintry walks, and in summer you'll see sunbathers, kite-flyers and kiddos playing tag.
Many locals refer to this park as the "beauty spot of Auburn," and frequent it on warm summer evenings and crisp fall days. If you're in the area with your furry buddy, be sure to check it out, spend an hour or a whole afternoon watching the squirrels and ubiquitous cottontail rabbits cavort under the trees!