If you're looking for dog-friendly parks, Chicago should be your destination. With over 600 of them, there's always one right around the corner! Meant to provide families, including the doggos, with a place to play or just get some fresh air, the green space of Nat King Cole Park's almost 5 acres fills the bill.
A large playground for the kiddos, plus athletic fields and a basketball court, keep the human members of the family occupied while the on-leash pooch watches. A paved walkway follows the perimeter of the park for a stroll with Fido.
A vast green lawn lying between the ball fields is open for play, lounging or picnicking with your pup, and the tall shade trees circling the park provided some much-needed shade for a snooze, a book or just watching the world go by. Several species of birds live high in the branches and serenade you and your fur-baby as you walk, play or loll. Benches are scattered here and there as well. A building housing restrooms and a water source sits conveniently facing 115th Street, where, incidentally, you can park your vehicle. Three other parkable streets surround the park
Cole Park, as it's known by some, is surrounded by the residences of the Chatham neighborhood where Nat King Cole grew up while his father preached at the True Light Baptist Church nearby. Special events are held here throughout the year, like concerts, holiday festivities and road races. Leashed and well-behaved pups are welcome for all outdoor events.
Whether you're a Chicagoan or are visiting the Windy City, Cole Park is a great place to stop by and exercise your furry bestie while you enjoy being outside. It's open year-round!