If you and your pup are looking for unique scenery on your daily walk, don't hesitate to check out Park No. 571 in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. Situated on the South Branch of the Chicago River, this three-acre park is bursting with unique amenities. Studio Gang designed the distinctive boathouse to support local rowing clubs that are revitalizing the river. It provides rowing machines people can use to practice year-round, and also hosts yoga classes and other events.
The indoor space isn't for Fido, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't bring your dog to Park No. 571. There's much more to this park than just the interior of the boathouse. Not only does the building's stunning angular design add ambience to any outdoor activity, it's only one of many unique visual features of this waterfront park. The well-designed landscaping around the boathouse has been used as the backdrop for art installations by local groups like The Floating Museum.
You will be absorbed by the unique atmosphere of Park No. 571 as you walk along the river's edge with your favorite pup. You may want to sit down on one of the park's lawns together to enjoy the sunset or wander further afield. Park No. 571 is part of a network of closely connected waterside parks, including Palmisano Park, Canalport Riverwalk Park, and Canal Origins Park that will easily fill a day of walking around and taking in the sights and smells all around you.
Wild and urban sights co-exist here. Industrial sites loom in the near distance, but so does lush greenery. Various species of trees and wildflowers grow all along the riverbank. Other signs of the river's recovery include local wildlife. Turtles, ducks, and geese now frequent this part of the Chicago River.
Whether you're looking for more urbane experiences or want to get in touch with your wilder side, bring your dog along with you for a trip to the water's edge and check out Park No. 571.