Park No. 529 is a simple half-acre park in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. Located just south of the recently developed Bloomingdale Trail (also known as The 606), it's part of a network of small parks and green spaces that make the area great for dogs and humans who like to try different routes to keep their daily walks new and interesting. It's also a great place to go when you're just wanting to relax for a while.
The small park features many lovely spots where you can sit and rest on a park bench, as well as a nice paved walkway where you can get in some extra laps. A set of concrete arches marks where the path passes through a raised mound of earth. The small feature is inviting to canine explorers who like to find the highest vantage point to sniff the air from and also draws local skaters.
There's something about the design of the park that invites you and your pup to settle in and calmly enjoy the scenery around you while giving your good dog some pets. A significant number of trees fan out over this relatively small space, including several shaggy pines, deepening the peaceful atmosphere and providing shade in the warmer months.
Park No. 529 is partially enclosed with a long brick wall on one side and a fence on the other, giving it a cozy feel. This makes it appealing to area parents looking for a safe place for their kids to play. Expect to enjoy some people watching in this community park. You can also watch trains pass by on the elevated track just beyond the fence. You will need to keep your pup leashed throughout this lovely area, as well as bring water and clean up bags.
Park No. 529 may be small, but its intimacy only adds to its great atmosphere. Don't hesitate to make it part of your pup's everyday walk.