Elm Park is a peaceful oasis for pups and their people in the pawsome Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. This part of the city has a rich history of diversity, and is bursting with things to do for people who are interested in culture and the arts. It's also home to the University of Chicago! Whether you call Hyde Park home, or have brought your dog along for a day of sniffing around, Elm Park is a hidden gem you'll be glad to visit on your way around the block.
Just off of 53rd Street, where many of the neighborhood's most popular restaurants are located, Elm Park is smaller than nearby Nichols Park, and isn't the best spot to bring a dog who's itching for a good run. It's the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or a good rest, though. Stately elms arch overhead, providing refreshing scenery and ample shade. Benches and picnic tables are abundant along the curving pathways and among the manicured garden spaces and planters. Tulips love to bloom here in the spring.
A network of soft grassy lawns lets discriminating pups sniff and choose the best spot to stop and squat. Be mindful to pick up anything your dog lays down. Signs are posted to remind you that Elm Park requires all dogs to be on leashes and that people need to clean up after them. You will need to bring your own waste bags and water. The park has minimal facilities, and doesn't have a bathroom for humans, but does provide trash cans for your convenience.
One of the most prominent features of Elm Park is the central gazebo. On quiet days, it's just another spot to sit, but you'll often find it occupied during public dog-friendly events like art shows, concerts, and storytelling hours. It's no surprise in this great neighborhood that even the smallest park is a haven for families, the arts, and curious canines.