Park 559 is one of Chicago's loveliest parks. Nestled between tall, modern apartment buildings, this small green space is pawrfect for relaxing. It's accessed by a wide cement walkway that flows from Sheridan Road to Lake Michigan's shore in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood. While it can't boast a lot of acreage, the park excels in atmosphere and quiet. Grassy lawn surrounds the cement path, great for sitting, practicing yoga or Tai Chi, or meditating. Within walking distance of shops and restaurants, it's conveniently located.
Amenities in this quiet oasis include many trees, both ornamental and shade types, benches along the long path to the water, quaint Victorian street lamps, amid plenty of space for a BBQ or picnic with your fur-buddy. (Bring your own grill.) An open, cement patio of sorts in the middle of the path holds a couple of benches for taking a break, reading the newspaper with a cup of joe, or staring out at the sea-like blue lake beyond the bouldered lakefront.
While there are trash receptacles provided, you won't find any doggy waste bags, so be sure to bring some with you and pick up after your pup! Water is a good idea too, because there are no fountains here. But you'll be refreshed by the views, the breeze off the lake and the simple greenness of your surroundings.
When you've had enough sun and relaxation, head over to one of Edgewater Beach's dog-friendly restaurants or taverns for a bite and a beverage. Street musicians dot the sidewalks and because of the neighborhood's proximity to Loyola University, weekends offer a lively environment for you and your furry wingman.
Take a trip up to the northernmost point of Lake Shore Drive with your pooch and spend some time at Park 559. You'll come away relaxed and happy!