There's something about Park No. 514 nestled in a quiet corner of the Humboldt Park community on Chicago's West Side. It doesn't have sports fields or playsets or special programming. It doesn't even have a bathroom for humans. It only has the humblest of amenities: benches and trash cans. Nor does it offer lots of square feet to roam around. So what is it about Park No. 514 that will make you glad you brought your dog here?
It can be hard to find peace in the big city for people and puppers alike. Social dogs may thrive in a dense urban dog park, but other pups struggle to find their place in the pack. Shy dogs may spend their entire walks looking for places to duck away from big dogs and the groups of unpredictable people they pass on crowded urban sidewalks and in popular city parks.
It's little parks like Park No. 514 where people and pups who prefer peace and quiet can find their place. Like the quieter types among us, it's a thoughtful space, tastefully landscaped and complete with a community garden. The train tracks it butts up against are blocked from view by trees, but create a boundary that makes the park feel cozy, almost like a walled garden. Mature trees cover the park so completely with shade that certain corners will make you feel like you're at the edge of a great forest. A looping walkway winds past several benches and a tasteful trellis.
This is a place for thinking and resting, and the doggy equivalent, sniffing and wandering. Do gnomes live here? Maybe your dog's tracking one or something else that will forever remain a mystery to you. Bring a book here, and a water bowl, and maybe a treat for Fido. You might end up relaxing, reading, and giving your good dog some pets here for quite some time.