Located where North State Street and North Rush Street intersect in the busy Near North Side neighborhood, Mariano Park is a sliver of tranquility. This quaint little park is ideal for watching the world go by. In fact, the park is named after a local reporter who felt the same way! Louis Mariano, reporter and editor for the Chicago Daily News, spent many evenings near this park seeking out stories. This peaceful oasis of a park is where you and your canine companion can kick back and watch the bustling crowds.
This triangular park has a charming cobblestone surface instead of grass, but it’s not lacking greenery! There are flower beds and tall trees interspersed throughout the park to offer some shade and oxygen. Some other furtastic features in this park are the benches and tables, a water fountain, and a prairie-style pavilion. With the many surrounding restaurants, this is a popular lunch spot. You can grab a sandwich at one of the nearby eateries and enjoy it in Mariano Park with your best pal.
If you and your doggo are in need of a pick-me-up, another option is to grab something from Bow Truss Cafe located within the park. This concession stand offers coffee, gelato, pastries, and more. It’s the pawfect place to stop on your morning walk with Fido when he needs to rest his paws, or you need your java fix. Mariano Park also hosts farmers markets, pop-ups, and art shows. Even in the chaotic Chicago city life, here you can enjoy some sense of community and maybe even meet some neighbors and their fur-babies.
Doggos are welcome to join their humans in this park of course, as long as they stay leashed. This is for your puppers safety, as there are many busy streets nearby. Please follow common courtesy and stoop and scoop, don’t forget the doggy waste bags!
Mariano Park is a place for you and your pup to find peace and refreshment within the heart of a busy city.