Dearborn Park sits in Chicago's Near South neighborhood, west of Lakeshore Drive. The area is home to several larger and more prominent parks, but this quiet and intimate space is a special place for the residents of the neighborhood. Located just south of the once bustling Dearborn Street Railroad Station, Dearborn Park is 1.25 acres of lush grass and many flowering and shade trees. The best access is thought to be via Post Street, and there is parking outside the park on the street.
Paved walkways circle the park and dirt paths crisscross, forming a simple network of routes you can take your fur-pup, year-round. A jogging trail equipped with a fitness course is ideal for a more natural feel through the trees and shrubs planted here. The paved path is lighted by tall street lights which illuminate the grassy parts of the park also.
A small, raised plaza containing benches is surrounded by a stone wall pawrfect for sitting and watching the world go by. Other benches are placed along the paved walk for resting or reading with Fido by your side greeting passers-by. Squirrels and rabbits are often seen foraging for food, and birds nesting in the trees above sing for you. A stone sculpture rises in the center of the park. Named “Alchemy – Birds and Stone” or more familiarly “The Birdhouse,” it serves as a lovely landmark. Views of downtown skyscrapers such as the impressive Sears Tower loom in the near distance.
Picnics are common in Dearborn Park, so bring a blanket, a lunch or dinner, and your fur-baby to help you eat it and stake a claim on a grassy spot to while away the time. Several take-away shops nearby can provide the food, though your pup will likely have to stay outside while you shop. Or bring a human friend along and grab a game of chess at one of the conveniently placed game tables near the plaza.
This amazingly tranquil little gem nestles in an otherwise typical Chicago residential neighborhood. Bring your pup for an hour or an afternoon for a walk or sit in its pretty green space.