When you're traveling through Chicago looking for a quiet place to walk, check out Michael J. Madigan Sr. Park. Thanks to its secluded location in the neighborhood of West Lawn, this lovely green space offers an escape from the busier areas of the city.
When you arrive at the park, there is parking off of a dead-end road next to the park, which has little traffic and provides a safe place to park with your pup. The parking lot leads to the western side of the park, where fenced-in baseball fields line the perimeter. There are over 5 baseball diamonds throughout the park, all of them surrounded by fences. Dogs are welcome to play inside the enclosed areas as long as no teams are playing, though they do need to stay leashed.
A trail made of asphalt connects the baseball fields, looping around them and offering benches and water fountains along the pathways. Towards the center of the park, you and Fido will find trash bins and picnic tables to use. The trail further connects to open spaces along the southern and eastern parts of the park, where Fido can run around and play. On the northern section of the park, there's a playground, and a few trees that offer shade, but no clean-up bags, so don't forget to bring some when walking Fido. The park is a popular spot since its right next to an elementary school, so watch out for a lot of kids playing after school hours.
The park itself can get pretty busy, but its open and wide grassy fields provide plenty of room for you and your pup to run around, and trails for walking and hiking which will be sure to draw you and your pup back time and again.