Is it time to take your pup for a walk? If you have a bit of time to spend outdoors without leaving the city, you both should head to the Canal Origins Park in Chicago, Illinois. This outing will give you plenty to do and see while still in the windy city!
Located alongside the south branch of the Chicago River, just north of Interstate 55, you can park your car at the entrance to the park or along the side streets nearby. Everything you need for a fun-filled hour or an entire day is provided, so grab your pup and go!
The Canal Origins Park has been dedicated to preserving the historical significance of this area when the canal was used as an important shipping channel in the 1800’s. This link from the Great Lakes region into the Mississippi River provided residents a much-needed connection to other parts of the Midwest. You and your pup can now enjoy the park, a nature area and a fishing spot.
Take Fido for a walk along the paved walkways that meander throughout and check out the native flora of the area. Blooming plants offers a beautiful setting with the backdrop of the city skyline in view. The park has multiple interpretive and educational signs along the way, so you can learn how important this area was and still is. Don’t miss the wall of ceramic plaques with carvings depict the transformation of this area.
The fishing spot offers a place to relax and watch other visitors trying to catch ‘the big one.’ You will also find benches scattered throughout the park to rest tired paws. Restrooms and drinking fountains can be found near the entrance for your convenience. Please keep your furever friend on leash while visiting here, and be sure to bring clean up bags to clean up after them and keep this park pup-friendly.
The Canal Origins Park is waiting for you and your pup to enjoy, so head over today!