Just across the Burnham Harbor sits the manmade Northerly Island. The former location of a small airstrip called Meigs Field, the island is now home to Adler Planetarium, Huntington Bank Pavilion, and the pawsome Northerly Island Park. Pack up your pooch and go check out this furrific green space!
While the northern section of the island is where a lot
of the main attractions are located, the 40 acre park nestled on the southern
end of the island is where you and your pup can find respite from the hustle
and bustle of the city. Dedicated to preserving nature, this area has a six
acre pond, hills, and prairies and savanna habitat.
Take your pup for a stroll around the one mile paved
pathway that circles the pond. There are also a couple of other trails that run the
distance of the park, and several massive
patches of grass are available for sniffing, playing, and exploring. While wandering
around the park, your pooch can enjoy views of the Chicago skyline, as well as
the vast waters of Lake Michigan. Please be aware that all of the trails are
multi-use, so expect to see cyclists, runners, and, of course, other dog
walkers. Help your pup yield when appropriate.
If your pooch is the artistic type, be sure to stop by
the Daphne Garden. This area features puptacular sculptures by artist Dessa
Kirk. By welding together old car parts, she created three interesting figures inspired
by Greek Mythology. These unique sculptures are sure to capture your pup’s
Don’t forget to bring some clean up bags from home, and
stoop and scoop when necessary. And since your pup will be doing a lot of
walking in this park, it’s a good idea to have plenty of drinking water on
hand. A visit to Northerly Island Park will make your furry friend one happy